Matt Read

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Matt Read
Born (1986-06-14) June 14, 1986 (age 28)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Sodertalje SK
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

Matthew Zachary Jarrett Read (born June 14, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Minor Hockey[edit]

Read started playing hockey on Vancouver Island playing for the Kerry Park Islanders. At age 10, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and played for Pikes Peak Minor Hockey for four years. He then moved to Ilderton, Ontario and played for the Ilderton Jets of the OMHA's Shamrock League.[citation needed]

Junior Hockey[edit]

After being a finalist in the OMHA Bantam Championship, Matt Read's team won the Championship in his first year of Midget[1] defeating Centre Hastings in 4 games. From minor hockey, Read played OHA Junior D hockey for the Lucan Irish in the 2003-04 season.

In 2004-05, Read signed with the nearby St. Marys Lincolns Junior B club of the Western Ontario Hockey League. Read spent two seasons with the Lincolns.

In the 2004-05 season, Read was runner up to future NHLer Logan Couture for the WOHL Rookie-of-the-Year Award. Couture, a graduate of the Lucan Irish of the Shamrock League, played that season with the St. Thomas Stars before being an OHL first round draft pick in 2005.

The following season, Read signed with the Milton Icehawks Junior A club of the OJHL for 2005-06. In 2006-07, Read spent a season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Read signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 24, 2011, after playing four seasons of collegiate hockey with Bemidji State University.[2] Read made the Flyers roster out of training camp heading into the 2011–12 season and made his NHL debut on October 6, 2011 against the Boston Bruins. He scored his first NHL goal on October 8 against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. On October 18, Read recorded a career-high 4 points (goal, 3 assists) in a 7–2 Flyers win over the Ottawa Senators. Read participated in the All-Star SuperSkills Competition[3] and finished second in the accuracy contest, behind Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn.[4] Read finished the regular season leading all rookies in goals scored, 24, and ranking fourth among all rookies in points, 47.[5]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Read took the opportunity to go over to Europe to play for Sodertalje SK of the Allsvenskan, Sweden's second-tier league.[6] He recorded 24 points in 20 games.

Read posted his first career hat trick on January 26, 2013 against the Florida Panthers, scoring on goaltenders Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen.

Following the shortened 2012–13 season, Read was invited to play for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

On September 20, 2013, Read signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract extension with the Flyers.[7]

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 Lucan Irish OHA 31 22 27 49 36
2003–04 St. Marys Lincolns WOHL 36 12 13 25 32
2004–05 St. Marys Lincolns WOHL 47 23 29 52 46
2005–06 Milton Icehawks OPJHL 48 34 34 68 52
2006–07 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 58 28 34 62 110 8 2 0 2 6
2007–08 Bemidji State Beavers CHA 36 9 18 27 37
2008–09 Bemidji State Beavers CHA 37 15 25 40 50
2009–10 Bemidji State Beavers CHA 37 19 22 41 32
2010–11 Bemidji State Beavers WCHA 37 22 13 35 34
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 11 7 6 13 6
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 24 23 47 12 11 3 2 5 4
2012–13 Sodertalje SK Swe.1 20 6 18 24 12
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 42 11 13 24 2
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 22 18 40 16 7 1 2 3 4
NHL totals 196 57 54 111 30 18 4 4 8 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 1 2 3 2
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 2 3 5 2
Senior totals 16 3 5 8 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-CHA Rookie Team 2007–08
CHA Rookie of the Year 2007–08
All-CHA First Team 2008–09
NCAA Frozen Four 2008–09
All-CHA First Team 2009–10
CHA Player of the Year 2009–10
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2009–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OMHA Champions". omha.net. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Flyers Sign BSU's Read". Philadelphia Flyers. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ Seravalli, Frank (2012-01-27). "Read's Travels are Taking Him to All-Star Skills Event". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  4. ^ "2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft results". National Hockey League. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  5. ^ "2011–2012 - Regular Season - Skater - Summary - Goals". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  6. ^ BroadStreet (2013-01-03). "Matt Read signs lockout contract with Swedish club Södertälje ...". BroadStreet Bully. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  7. ^ Anthony SanFilippo (September 20, 2013). "Matt Read signs extension with Flyers". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Moran
CHA Rookie of the Year
2007-08
Succeeded by
Brad Hunt
Preceded by
Ted Cook
CHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
2009
Succeeded by
Cameron Talbot
Preceded by
Juliano Pagliero
CHA Player of the Year
2009-10
Succeeded by
Award Discontinued