November 2, 1976 |
Virginia, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||35th overall, 1996
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Matthew David Cullen (born November 2, 1976) is a professional ice hockey center of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cullen was born in Virginia, Minnesota, but grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Cullen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995. His father Terry Cullen was the high school hockey coach. He played for the St. Cloud State Huskies from 1995–1997 and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 1995 and WCHA All-Star in 1996. He was drafted 35th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
Cullen won his first Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. After the 2006 season, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Rangers. After just one season with the Rangers, Cullen was traded back to Carolina during the 2006–2007 off season in exchange for defenceman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, in an attempt to free up salary.
During the NHL lockout of 2004–05, Cullen led the Italian league in scoring while playing for Cortina, finishing with 27 goals and 33 assists in 36 games.
On February 22, 2009, Cullen scored the first hat trick of his career in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 12, 2010, Cullen was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick
Upon expiration of his three-year deal with the Wild, and with the team facing cap constraints, Cullen left as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2013.
Matt currently resides in Moorhead, Minnesota in the off season with his family.
Regular season and playoffs
|1995–96||St. Cloud State||WCHA||39||12||29||41||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||St. Cloud State||WCHA||36||15||30||45||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||18||15||12||27||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||61||6||21||27||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||3||1||2||3||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||75||11||14||25||47||4||0||0||0||0|
|1999–00||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||80||13||26||39||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||10||30||40||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||79||18||30||48||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||50||7||14||21||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||80||16||25||41||50||10||1||3||4||6|
|Competitor for United States|
Awards and honours
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||1996|
|All-WCHA Second Team||1997|
- "Cullen comes home". Minnesota Wild. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
- "Nashville Predators sign Matt Cullen to a two-year contract". Nashville Predators. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- "NHL Champion Checks Fear of Failure".