Matthew Lombardi

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Matthew Lombardi
Matthew Lombardi.JPG
Matthew Lombardi while playing for the Calgary Flames
Born (1982-03-18) March 18, 1982 (age 32)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Calgary Flames
Phoenix Coyotes
Nashville Predators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
Genève-Servette HC
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 215th overall, 2000
Edmonton Oilers
90th overall, 2002
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2002–present

Matthew Lombardi (born March 18, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center. He is currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Matthew Lombardi was born and raised in Hudson, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. He played hockey for the LaPresqu'ile minor hockey association before playing junior hockey for the Victoriaville Tigres in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four years before. Lombardi was selected in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft 215th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Lombardi failed to sign with the Oilers, re-entering the draft where he was picked 90th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. His style of play is one of speed and agility, often leading the rush with his great speed and finesse.

Lombardi played in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, during which he suffered a vicious elbow to the head from Red Wings defenceman Derian Hatcher and was unable to play for several months. The Flames eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. During the locked-out 2004–05 season, he played for the Flames affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters in the American Hockey League (AHL), after he recovered fully from the elbow, returning to the NHL and the Flames when the league resumed play in 2005–06.

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4–2 win against Finland in Moscow. During the tournament he scored six goals and had six assists for 12 points, and led Canada for most points.

On March 4, 2009, he was traded along with Brandon Prust and a first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Olli Jokinen.

On February 8, 2010, he recorded a five point night in a 6-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

On July 2, 2010 he signed a three-year contract with the Nashville Predators. In the first year of the contract Lombardi played only two games, due to a concussion suffered during the pre-season.

Due to internal cap restrictions on July 3, 2011, he was traded along with Cody Franson by the Predators to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney.[1] In the 2011-12 season, on October 6, 2011, he made his return from concussion and played in his first game as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Prior to the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, he was traded by the Leafs back to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional draft pick on January 16, 2013.[2] Again missing time due to injury and failing to recapture his previous scoring presence with the Coyotes, Lombardi was again on the move at the trade deadline when he was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Brandon McMillan on April 3, 2013.[3]

On August 29, 2013, he signed his first contract abroad on a one-year deal with Swiss club, Genève-Servette HC of the National League A.[4] In the 2013–14 season with Genève, Lombardi regained his scoring touch, to lead the league with 30 assists and 50 points in only 46 games.

On July 16, 2014 Lombardi returned to the NHL after gaining interest from the New York Rangers, signing a two-year deal worth $1.6 million.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 47 6 10 16 8 5 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 65 18 26 44 28 6 0 0 0 6
2000–01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 72 28 39 67 66 13 12 6 18 10
2001–02 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 66 57 73 130 70 22 17 18 35 18
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 76 25 21 46 41
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 79 16 13 29 32 13 1 5 6 4
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 9 3 1 4 9 11 0 3 3 16
2005–06 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 1 1 1 2 0
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 55 6 20 26 48 7 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 81 20 26 46 48 6 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 82 14 22 36 67 7 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 50 9 21 30 30
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 19 5 11 16 14
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 19 34 53 36 7 1 5 6 2
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 8 10 18 10
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 21 4 4 8 4
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 7 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Genève-Servette HC NLA 46 20 30 50 54 12 3 6 9 12
NHL totals 536 101 161 262 293 40 3 13 16 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada WC 9 6 6 12 4
2009 Canada WC 9 2 2 4 6
Senior totals 18 8 8 16 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leafs acquire Lombardi and Franson in swap". NHL.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Leafs trade Lombardi to Coyotes for conditional pick". The Sports Network. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Ducks acquire Matthew Lombardi". ESPN. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Matthew Lombardi rejoint les Aigles" (in French). Genève-Servette HC. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with free agent Matthew Lombardi". New York Rangers. 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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