Matt Greene

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Matt Greene
Born (1983-05-13) May 13, 1983 (age 31)
Grand Ledge, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2002
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2005–present

Matthew Greene (born May 13, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings[1] of the National Hockey League. Greene currently serves as an alternate captain for Los Angeles, with whom he has won the Stanley Cup twice.

Playing career[edit]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

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[edit]

Green delivering a bodycheck to Daniel Sedin in 2010

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.[2] On October 8, 2008, he was named as an alternate captain of the Kings.[3] Nine days later, on October 17, Greene signed a five-year contract with the Kings.[4] 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.[5]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 26 2 5 7 47
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 27 0 2 2 43 18 0 1 1 34
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 1 9 10 109
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 0 1 1 53
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
NHL totals 504 13 56 69 582 79 2 12 14 82

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 United States U18 6th 6 0 1 1 10
2003 United States WJC 4th 7 0 1 1 34
2007 United States WC 5th 7 0 2 2 6
2008 United States WC 6th 7 0 0 0 38
2010 United States WC 13th 6 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 13 0 2 2 44
Senior totals 20 0 3 3 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Greene Official Player Page at LAKings.com
  2. ^ "Oilers acquire Visnovsky from L.A.; ship Stoll and Greene". TSN.ca. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Kings Announce Captains". LosAngelesKings.com. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  4. ^ Evans, Simon; Ken Ferris (2008-10-18). "Kings' Greene signs new five-year deal". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ Matt Greene Goal. New Jersey 1 LA Kings 6. 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

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