November 2, 1976 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||35th overall, 1996
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Matthew David Cullen (born November 2, 1976) is an American professional ice hockey center playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League (NHL). Cullen was born in Virginia, Minnesota, but grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota. Matt attended Moorhead Senior High School, where his father Terry Cullen was the varsity hockey coach.
Cullen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995; his father, Terry Cullen, was the school's Varsity ice hockey coach. During his time at Moorhead High, Cullen led Moorhead to three state tourney appearances and two runner-up finishes. He was an all-state tourney selection three years, and was a Mr. Hockey finalist in 1995, when he was named the state’s Player of the Year by the Associated Press after scoring 47 goals and adding 42 assists in 28 games.
Cullen played at St. Cloud State University from 1995 to 1997, and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 1995 and WCHA All-Star in 1996. He was then drafted in the second round, 35th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
Cullen played 5 1/2 seasons with Anaheim before becoming a Florida Panther in 2003. He also played on four World Championship teams and was a 2004 bronze medalist on Team USA.
In the 2005–06 season, after NHL play resumed, Cullen won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes. After the season, he became an unrestricted free agent and subsequently signed a four-year contract with the New York Rangers. After just one season with the Rangers, however, Cullen was traded back to Carolina during the 2006–07 off-season in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in the Rangers' attempt to free-up salary space underneath the cap.
On February 22, 2009, Cullen scored the first hat-trick of his career in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 12, 2010, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick
Upon the expiration of his three-year contract with the Wild, and with the team facing salary cap constraints, Cullen departed as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2013.
On August 17, 2016, Cullen re-signed a one-year deal with the Penguins.
Cullen is the older brother of EC Red Bull Salzburg player Mark Cullen, as well as of Braehead Clan player Joe Cullen. Matt Cullen has a wife and three sons. Cullen is a Christian and currently resides in West Fargo, North Dakota, in the off-season with his family.
Cullen founded the "Cullen Children's Foundation", also known as "Cully's Kids", in 2003. The foundation provides financial resources to organizations that support children's healthcare needs with an emphasis on cancer.
Regular season and playoffs
|1995–96||St. Cloud State||WCHA||39||12||29||41||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||St. Cloud State||WCHA||36||15||30||45||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||18||15||12||27||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||61||6||21||27||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||3||1||2||3||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||75||11||14||25||47||4||0||0||0||0|
|1999–00||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||80||13||26||39||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||10||30||40||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||79||18||30||48||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||50||7||14||21||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||80||16||25||41||50||10||1||3||4||6|
|Representing United States|
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||1996|
|All-WCHA Second Team||1997|
|Stanley Cup (Carolina Hurricanes)||2006|
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2016|||
- "Cullen returns to Carolina; Rangers gain Hutchinson, Barnes". ESPN. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
- "Cullen comes home". Minnesota Wild. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
- "Nashville Predators sign Matt Cullen to a two-year contract". Nashville Predators. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- "Penguins sign Matt Cullen to 1-year deal". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
- "Penguins Re-Sign Forward Matt Cullen to a One-Year Contract". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
- "NHL Champion Checks Fear of Failure".
- "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-12.