May 13, 1983 |
Grand Ledge, MI, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)|
|Los Angeles Kings
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||44th overall, 2002
Matthew Greene (born May 13, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Greene currently serves as an alternate captain for Los Angeles, with whom he has won the Stanley Cup twice.
Greene was drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his professional career, he played for three seasons with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. In 2004–05, Greene captained the Sioux to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship game, losing to the University of Denver Pioneers 4–1.
Due to his talent, Greene was encouraged to leave college hockey after only three seasons to start a professional career. After a successful training camp with the Oilers prior to the 2005–06 season, Greene signed a pro contract with Edmonton and was assigned to their AHL farm team in Des Moines, the Iowa Stars. He made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on December 30, 2005, versus the Nashville Predators, and scored his first NHL point on January 25, 2006, in Anaheim, assisting on an Ales Hemsky goal.
Wearing sweater number 32 for the first 13 games of his NHL career, Greene changed to sweater number 2 on February 2, 2006, when the Oilers faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Greene was part of the Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Greene had 0 goals and 1 assist in the 2006 Playoffs.
Greene scored his first NHL goal on December 15, 2006, against Minnesota Wild netminder Manny Fernandez. The goal was scored in the third period of the game, bringing the score to 1–1. The Oilers would eventually score 2 more goals, winning 3–1. Local Edmonton broadcaster Gene Principe awarded Greene the game puck during an interview session following the game. Greene also received the second star of the game due to his effort.
Los Angeles Kings
Greene and his Oiler teammate Jarret Stoll were traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 29, 2008, in exchange for Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. On October 8, 2008, he was named as an alternate captain of the Kings. Nine days later, on October 17, Greene signed a five-year contract with the Kings. In the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Greene and the Kings won the Stanley Cup by beating the New Jersey Devils in 6 games. Greene scored the final goal of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals in the Kings' 6-1 Game 6 triumph.
Injuries limited Greene to only five games during the 2012-13 NHL Season that saw the Kings fail to defend their Stanley Cup title, losing to the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks in five games in the Western Conference Finals.
Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||University of North Dakota||WCHA||39||0||4||4||135||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of North Dakota||WCHA||40||1||16||17||86||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of North Dakota||WCHA||41||2||8||10||126||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||2||12||14||111||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||75||2||7||9||83||6||0||1||1||0|
|2010–11||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||71||2||9||11||70||6||0||0||0||14|
|2011–12||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||4||11||15||58||20||2||4||6||12|
|2012–13||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||5||0||1||1||8||9||0||2||2||6|
|2013–14||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||38||2||4||6||47||20||0||4||4||16|
- Matt Greene Official Player Page at LAKings.com
- "Oilers acquire Visnovsky from L.A.; ship Stoll and Greene". TSN.ca. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- "Kings Announce Captains". LosAngelesKings.com. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- Evans, Simon; Ken Ferris (2008-10-18). "Kings' Greene signs new five-year deal". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- Matt Greene Goal. New Jersey 1 LA Kings 6. 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
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