Matt Cullen

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Matt Cullen
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Born (1976-11-02) November 2, 1976 (age 38)
Virginia, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
National team  United States
NHL Draft 35th overall, 1996
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1997–present

Matthew David Cullen (born November 2, 1976) is an American professional ice hockey centerman currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cullen was born in Virginia, Minnesota, but grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Playing career[edit]

Cullen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995; his father, Terry Cullen, was the school's ice hockey coach. Cullen played at St. Cloud State University from 1995 to 1997, and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 1995 and WCHA All-Star in 1996. He was then drafted in the second round, 35th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Cullen played in the Italian Serie A with SG Cortina, where he led the league in scoring with 27 goals and 33 assists in 36 games.

In the 2005–06 season, after NHL play resumed, Cullen won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes. After the season, he became an unrestricted free agent and subsequently signed a four-year contract with the New York Rangers. After just one season with the Rangers, however, Cullen was traded back to Carolina during the 2006–07 off-season in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third-round draft pick in the 2008 in the Rangers' attempt to free-up salary space underneath the cap.

On February 22, 2009, Cullen scored the first hat-trick of his career in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 12, 2010, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick

On July 1, 2010, Cullen returned to his home state when he signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild.[1]

Upon the expiration of his three-year contract with the Wild, and with the team facing salary cap constraints, Cullen departed as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2013.[2]

Personal[edit]

Cullen is the older brother of EC Red Bull Salzburg player Mark Cullen, as well as of Braehead Clan player Joe Cullen. Matt Cullen has a wife and three sons.

Cullen is a Christian.[3]

Matt currently resides in Moorhead, Minnesota, in the off-season with his family.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 St. Cloud State WCHA 39 12 29 41 28
1996–97 St. Cloud State WCHA 36 15 30 45 70
1996–97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 6 3 3 6 7 3 0 2 2 0
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
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 30 6 6 12 22
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 56 6 13 19 24
2004–05 SG Cortina ITL 36 27 33 60 64
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 25 24 49 40 25 4 14 18 12
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 80 16 25 41 50 10 1 3 4 6
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 59 13 36 49 32
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 69 22 21 43 20 18 3 3 6 14
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 12 28 40 26
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 4 4 8 8 6 3 5 8 0
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 12 27 39 34
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 14 21 35 24
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 7 20 27 10 5 0 3 3 2
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 77 10 29 39 32
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 62 7 18 25 16 6 1 1 2 4
NHL totals 1212 219 407 626 508 74 12 29 41 38

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Prague
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1996 United States WJC 5th 6 3 1 4 0
1998 United States WC 12th 6 2 1 3 0
1999 United States WC 6th 6 1 6 7 4
2003 United States WC 13th 6 1 1 2 2
2004 United States WC 3rd 9 2 4 6 4
Junior totals 6 3 1 4 0
Senior totals 27 6 12 18 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 1996
All-WCHA Second Team 1997
NHL
Stanley Cup 2006

See also[edit]

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