Matt Hackett

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Matt Hackett
Matt Hackett Amerks.jpg
Born (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 (age 24)
London, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 77th overall, 2009
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2010–present

Matthew Hackett (born March 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 3rd round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Matt is a nephew to former NHL goaltender, Jeff Hackett.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Hackett was called up to the NHL as a backup to Josh Harding on November 23, 2011, for a game against the Nashville Predators after Niklas Bäckström missed the game for personal reasons. In case Hackett did not arrive at the game in time (from his assignment with the Houston Aeros), 51-year-old recreational goaltender Paul Deutsch was signed to an amateur tryout contract, but was eventually scratched as Hackett served as the backup.[2]

Hackett made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut on December 6, 2011, in a road game against the San Jose Sharks, entering 1:11 into the game after starting goalie Harding was injured.[3] In his debut game, Hackett earned a perfect 1.000 save percentage by making 34 saves on 34 shots, a performance that helped lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory with the only goal against Minnesota having been in the first minute of play, prior to Hackett entering the game.[4] On December 8, 2011, two days after his NHL debut, Matt Hackett made his first NHL start as the Minnesota Wild played against the Los Angeles Kings. Hackett stopped 42 of 44 shots for a .955 save percentage, helping to lead the Wild to a 4-2 win.[5] In both of these games, Hackett was named the number one star for the game.

On March 2, 2012, after the Wild lost Backstrom to a groin injury, Hackett was again recalled as a back-up to Josh Harding.[6]

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Hackett was dealt at the trade deadline on April 3, 2013, along with Johan Larsson, a 1st round pick in 2013, and a 2nd round pick in 2014 from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jason Pominville and a 4th round pick in 2014.[7]

Hackett made his debut with the Sabres on March 20, 2014 against the Edmonton Oilers. Hackett was called up on an emergency recall after goaltenders Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth were both injured before a west-coast road trip. Hackett made 35 saves on 36 shots in a 2-1 victory. On April 9, 2014, it was announced that Hackett will act as goaltender for the remaining three games of the season, proving himself in the game on April 8 with 33 saves against the Detroit Red Wings.[8]

On April 12, 2014 Hackett suffered a major knee injury against the Boston Bruins. As of April 15, 2014 the Sabres announced Hackett would not return from injury until December or January 2015.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Windsor Spitfires OHL 7 0 5 2 429 36 0 5.04 .859
2007–08 Windsor Spitfires OHL 4 1 1 0 130 10 0 4.61 .855
2007–08 Plymouth Whalers OHL 18 6 9 1 978 56 0 3.44 .900 1 0 0 16 0 0 0.00 1.000
2008–09 Plymouth Whalers OHL 55 34 15 3 3036 154 2 3.04 .913 11 6 5 638 32 1 3.01 .930
2009–10 Plymouth Whalers OHL 56 33 18 3 3165 138 4 2.62 .925 8 3 4 429 24 0 3.36 .919
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 45 23 16 4 2552 101 2 2.37 .916 24 14 10 1465 61 1 2.50 .903
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 44 20 17 6 2546 101 1 2.38 .917 2 0 2 61 6 0 5.93 .897
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 12 3 6 0 556 22 0 2.37 .922
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 43 19 20 3 2574 114 0 2.66 .907
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 1 0 59 5 0 5.07 .848
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 3 3 0 0 185 5 0 1.62 .955 1 0 1 58 2 0 2.08 .900
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 33 13 17 2 1952 100 0 3.07 .898
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 1 6 1 426 22 0 3.10 .908
NHL totals 21 4 13 1 1041 49 0 2.82 .912

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL Second All-Star Team 2009–10 [9]

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