October 17, 1990 |
Lakewood, CO, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
|NHL Draft||37th overall, 2009
Mathew Clark (born October 17, 1990) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the San Antonio Rampage while under contract to the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Clark was born in Lakewood, Colorado, but grew up in Milton, Ontario.
Prior to turning professional, Clark played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Brampton Battalion. After two seasons with the Battalion, and showing potential as a physical defensive defenseman by being selected as the best body checker and defensive defenseman in the Eastern Conference poll he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks on March 31, 2010. He immediately made his professional debut at the end of the 2009–10 season with affiliate, the Manitoba Moose against the Peoria Rivermen on April 10, 2010.
In his rookie professional season with the Ducks in 2010–11, Clark was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. As only one of two, he played in every game with the Crunch to collect 2 goals and 18 points in 80 games. In the following 2011–12 season, on March 31, 2012, Clark received his first NHL recall by Anaheim. He made his NHL debut the following day in the Ducks final home game of the season, a 2-1 defeat against the Edmonton Oilers.
On July 15, 2013, the Anaheim Ducks re-signed Clark to a one-year contract extension.
In his fifth season with the Ducks organization in 2014–15, Clark was recalled from AHL affiliate in the Norfolk Admirals to play at the NHL level for the first time in three seasons on November 9, 2014. Clark endured his longest stretch with the Ducks appearing in 7 games and registering his first NHL point, an assist on a goal to Matt Beleskey, against the Calgary Flames on November 25, 2014. After he was re-assigned back to the Admirals, on March 2, 2015, Clark was traded by the Ducks to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Michael Sgarbossa. He was immediately assigned to remain in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Following the 2014–15 NHL season Clark became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Colorado Avalanche made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Clark filed for Salary Arbitration. He later settled prior to Arbitration to a two-way, two-year contract with the Avalanche on July 16, 2015. If Clark makes the Avalanche, he will become the first Colorado native to skate for the club.
|2014–15||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||21||0||1||1||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||60||1||7||8||36||—||—||—||—||—|
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