Matt Ellis (ice hockey)
Ellis with the Sabres in 2012.
August 31, 1981 |
Welland, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Ellis started play in the OHL with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in 1998. He quickly learned the speed and style of the game, as he started producing goals and assists right away. Each year with the Majors saw Ellis improving his point totals, from 18 the first year, onto 35, 45, and finishing with 38 goals and 51 assists for 89 total points in his final year with Toronto, helping them with the Central Division title.
The Detroit Red Wings came calling and signed Ellis as a free agent on May 10, 2002. He was sent to play on the Wings' farm team the Toledo Storm in the ECHL where he posted 59 points in the regular season and tacked on eight points in the Storms' short playoff run.
Detroit Red Wings
In the following season, Ellis was quickly brought up to the AHL to join the Grand Rapids Griffins and tallied his first AHL point on October 24, 2003, with an assist on the game-winning goal versus the Utah Grizzlies. Ellis again took time to adjust to the faster pace but soon found his place with the team. Each year his point totals went up and in the 2005–06 season, Ellis was named captain; the youngest captain ever in Griffins' history. This gave him the needed confidence to continue his growth as a player, which Ellis summed up when he had this to say about his captaincy:
"It’s definitely a big factor. You can totally tell the difference when there’s a guy out there playing with confidence and when a guy’s unsure of himself. Being a fourth-year pro, it makes a huge difference. Each year, you come in with a little more confidence, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great players and coaches who were there to give me a pat on the back or help me out and keep me motivated."
When asked about the chance to play for the Red Wings, Ellis said:
"I’m hoping. Grand Rapids is a great place to learn and develop, but I’d like to get my feet wet in Detroit – for sure."
Ellis made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings on December 18, 2006, in a 4–3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Los Angeles Kings
Ellis was claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, 2008. He scored his first goal with the Kings, an empty-net goal, on March 13, 2008, against the Nashville Predators at Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ellis was claimed off of waivers from the Kings by the Buffalo Sabres on October 1, 2008. He played his first game with the team on October 15 against the New York Rangers. On December 18, 2008, after injuries to forwards on the Sabres, Ellis was recalled for the second time this season. He re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres inking a one-year contract on July 9, 2009.
On August 31, 2010, Ellis was re-signed to an additional one-year contract with Buffalo. To begin the following 2010–11 season, the Sabres placed Ellis on waivers, which he cleared on October 4, 2010.
On July 19, 2011, Ellis signed a multi-year contract with the Sabres.
During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Ellis was again waived and sent to AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans after 6 games with the Sabres. After 12 points in 35 games with the Americans, Ellis remained with the Sabres organization signing a new two-year, two-way contract extension on July 3, 2013.
Awards and achievements
- 2004–05: Matched a Grand Rapids Griffins record with four shorthanded goals giving him the nickname "shorty"
- 2004–05: First player in Griffins history to score two shorthanded goals in a home game. (March 12, 2005 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs)
- 2005–06: Named youngest captain in Grand Rapids Griffins' history
|1998–99||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||47||10||8||18||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||59||15||20||35||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||68||21||24||45||19||18||4||8||12||6|
|2001–02||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||66||38||51||89||20||15||8||6||14||6|
|2003–04||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||64||5||10||15||23||4||0||0||0||2|
|2004–05||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||79||18||23||41||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||74||20||28||48||61||16||4||1||5||20|
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||65||26||23||49||44||7||4||3||7||4|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||16||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||35||2||4||6||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||19||1||1||2||14||—||—||—||—||—|