Matt Moulson during his tenure with the Islanders.
November 1, 1983 |
North York, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||263rd overall, 2003
Moulson grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, playing minor hockey for A Erindale, AA York Toros, AAA North York Canadiens, AAA Mississauga Senators, AAA Markham Islanders, AAA Mississauga Reps and at Midget for the AA Mississauga Braves of the GTHL.
After his midget days, Moulson signed with the Guelph Dominators Junior B club of the Midwestern Ontario Junior B League (OHA) for the 2000-2001 and 2001-02 seasons. The following four years, Moulson attended Cornell University.
Moulson was drafted 263rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Moulson attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School in Mississauga, where he was a part of the school's hockey team. Moulson graduated from Cornell University in 2006, where he was captain of the hockey team and a member of the Quill and Dagger society in his senior year.
He signed with the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent to an entry-level contract on September 1, 2006. He was then assigned to the Kings affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL for the 2006–07 season, scoring 57 points in 77 games. Moulson made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season on November 2, 2007, against the San Jose Sharks. Moulson also scored his first NHL goal in the 5-2 victory.
On July 6, 2009, Moulson signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders. Moulson was a leading scorer in preseason and made the team out of camp as a linemate of John Tavares. He scored his first NHL hat trick—a natural hat trick—on December 3, 2009, against the Atlanta Thrashers.
On July 27, 2010, Moulson signed a $2.45 million one-year contract extension with the New York Islanders just minutes before his arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin. On January 27, 2011, Moulson signed a three-year contract extension worth $9.45 million with the New York Islanders
After the 2011–12 NHL season, Moulson became the first New York Islander since Zigmund Palffy to post three consecutive 30 goal seasons. On May 16, 2013, Moulson was named a finalist, along with Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis, for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
On October 27, 2013, Moulson, a 2014 first round draft pick, and a 2015 Second round draft pick were traded by the Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres for Thomas Vanek. Moulson scored two goals in his first game as a Sabre in a 4-3 losing effort to the Dallas Stars.
Moulson and Sabres forward Cody McCormick were both traded to the Minnesota Wild on March 5, 2014 in exchange for Torrey Mitchell, a 2014 second round pick (acquired from Winnipeg), and Minnesota's 2016 second round pick.
On July 1, 2014, Moulson signed as a free agent to return with the Buffalo Sabres on a five-year contract worth $5 million per year.
Moulson married Alicia Backman on July 3, 2010. Alicia's sister, Jaclyn, is the wife of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. His sister Shannon played her NCAA hockey for the Niagara Purple Eagles women's ice hockey program and currently competes in the Canadian Women's Hockey League for the Toronto Furies. His brother Chris played for two years at Cornell, Matt's alma mater, and now plays at Acadia University. Former teammate John Tavares is the godfather of Moulson's daughter.
Regular Season and Playoffs
|2002–03||Cornell Big Red||ECAC||33||13||10||23||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Cornell Big Red||ECAC||32||18||17||35||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Cornell Big Red||ECAC||34||22||20||42||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Cornell Big Red||ECAC||35||18||20||38||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||22||5||4||9||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||7||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||82||30||18||48||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Islanders||NHL||82||31||22||53||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Islanders||NHL||82||36||33||69||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Islanders||NHL||47||15||29||44||4||6||2||1||3||10|
|2013–14||New York Islanders||NHL||11||6||3||9||6||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||2004–05|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2004–05|
|ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team||2005|||
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||2005–06|
- "Kings sign Matt Moulson to an entry-level contract". Los Angeles Kings. 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- "Aubin, Brown lead Kings over Sharks for fifth win in six games". CBS Sports. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- "Isles sign Moore, Moulson, Mauldin and Flood for next season". New York Islanders. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- Botta, Christopher.Islanders, Matt Moulson Avoid Arbitration with One-Year Deal,NHL Fanhouse, 2010-07-27. Retrieved on 2010-07-28.
- "Islanders sign Moulson to three-year extension". New York Islanders. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- Stubis, Brain (October 27, 2013). "Thomas Vanek traded to Islanders for Matt Moulson, picks". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- John, Vogl (March 5, 2014). Sabres send Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota for undisclosed picks and Torrey Mitchell. "Source: Sabres send Moulson and McCormick to Minnesota for undisclosed picks and Torrey Mitchell.". Buffalo News. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- "Moulson heads back to Sabres for 5-years $25 million". CBS Sports. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- Gormley, Chuck (2009-11-17). "The NHL's version of Rudy and Rocky all in one". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
- "All-Tournament Honors". ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-05-12.