Matt Lashoff

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Matt Lashoff
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Born (1986-09-29) September 29, 1986 (age 28)
East Greenbush, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Leksands IF
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
ZSC Lions
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2005
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2006–present

Matt Robert Lashoff (born September 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for Leksands IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Lashoff was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is the older brother of Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brian Lashoff.

Playing career[edit]

Lashoff prepped at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut under famed coach John T. Gardner. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers, Lashoff made his professional debut at the end of the 2005–06 season with the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Lashoff made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins in the 2006–07 season on October 26, 2006. Lashoff scored his first NHL goal December 31, 2007, against Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers.

On April 4, 2007, Lashoff was named to the 2006–07 AHL All-Rookie Team.[1] On March 4, 2009, at the trade deadline for the 2008–09 season, Lashoff was traded by the Bruins, along with Mārtiņš Karsums, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mark Recchi and a 2009 second round draft pick.[2]

On August 27, 2010, Lashoff was traded by the Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Alex Berry and Stefano Giliati.[3]

On August 3, 2012, as a free agent, Lashoff signed a try-out contract with European team, ZSC Lions of the Swiss NLA.[4]

Music career[edit]

Lashoff is also a musician. He released his debut album titled "Living on Heart" on May 17, 2011.[5]

“Living on Heart” was recorded over a month in the summer of 2010, at various studios in New Jersey and New York, during Lashoff's off season. Producer Loren Harriet approached Lashoff after seeing a segment about his music career on the New England Sports Network channel. Lashoff was surprised by the opportunity and explains, “I didn't think [Harriet] was serious at first [but eventually] he was helping me choose my band which was like an all star team of some of the best studio musicians.” Lashoff says his debut album is “bluesy with a pop influence” and cites artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Kenny Wayne Shepherd as his inspiration.[6]

Many people may wonder how Lashoff balances his hockey and music career—he points out that hockey takes a precedent in his life; however, that does not mean his music career has to suffer – he can succeed in both. "A lot of people ask me how do you separate the two, but they've always been a part of my lifestyle. When we were kids [he is speaking as well of his brother Brian who is also a professional hockey player and plays guitar on the track "Something I Know"] we would play hockey before school and then after school till it got too dark and our mom told us to come in, then we would eat, play around on the guitar and write songs,” says Lashoff. He is now planning a second album with a different sound, that will be “more groove based and not so poppy."[7]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team USDP 62 3 8 11 67
2003–04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 5 19 24 97 5 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 44 4 18 22 44 13 0 3 3 18
2005–06 Kitchener Rangers OHL 56 7 40 47 146 5 1 1 2 12
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 7 1 1 2 6 6 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 64 11 25 36 60
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 12 0 2 2 12
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 60 9 27 36 79 9 0 4 4 6
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 18 1 4 5 0
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 33 5 16 21 36
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 12 0 7 7 10
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 68 8 16 24 105
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 0 0 21
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 69 7 21 28 137
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 9 1 4 5 12 8 0 4 4 8
NHL totals 74 1 15 16 59

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006-07 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2008-11-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Bruins add veteran punch, '09 second rounder". National Hockey League. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Maple Leafs acquire Matt Lashoff in trade". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ "There will be no culture shock" (in German). tagesanzeiger.ch. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Lashoff Realizes Musical Dream". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  6. ^ Matt Lashoff Takes A Shot 2011 Interview http://exclaim.ca/Interviews/FromTheMagazine/matt_lashoff_takes_shot
  7. ^ Matt Lashoff Takes A Shot 2011 Interview http://exclaim.ca/Interviews/FromTheMagazine/matt_lashoff_takes_shot

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Preceded by
Mark Stuart
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Phil Kessel