July 26, 1990|
St. George, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Garbowsky played two seasons for the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He scored 172 points (87 goals, 85 assists) in 146 games during the two seasons, and was named a 2011 Coastal Conference All-Star and MVP.
Garbowsky attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he played four seasons (2011–15) with the RIT Tigers men's ice hockey team, which competes in NCAA's Division I in the Atlantic Hockey conference. In his four seasons at RIT, during three of which he served as captain, he compiled 114 points (48 goals, 66 assists), placing him fifth all-time among RIT players during the team's Division I era. He was forced to miss 24 games during his junior season (2013–14) due to a wrist injury, but still managed to record 7 points in just 13 games. In his senior year (2014–15), Garbowsky was selected as Atlantic Hockey's Player of the Year, named to the All-Atlantic Hockey First Team, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He tallied 54 points in 40 games and led all Division I players with 729 face-off wins during the season.
After completing his collegiate career, Garbowsky agreed to a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans of the AHL for the 2015–16 season. He also signed a tryout contract with the Americans to be able to play in the remainder of the 2014–15 season, where he appeared in 8 games and recorded 1 point.
In his first full professional season, on October 6, 2015, Garbowsky was assigned to the Americans ECHL affiliate, the Elmira Jackals, training camp. On October 25, 2015, Garbowsky was recalled to the Amerks after playing in four games with the Jackals. Garbowsky appeared in 16 games over the course of the season in the AHL, however finished with 21 points in 33 games with the Jackals.
As a free agent in the off-season and unable to garner an AHL contract, Garbowsky opted to continue in the ECHL, signing a one-year deal with the Colorado Eagles, a secondary affiliate to the Colorado Avalanche, on August 16, 2016. He was named MVP of the ECHL All-Star Classic on January 18, 2017.
After two standout championship seasons with the Eagles, Garbowsky opted to sign his first contract abroad, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL) on June 21, 2018.
|2007–08||Brantford Golden Eagles||GOJHL||48||19||22||41||40||4||0||1||1||2|
|2009–10||Powell River Kings||BCHL||51||27||26||53||44||23||12||15||27||12|
|2010–11||Powell River Kings||BCHL||56||44||36||80||56||16||4||8||12||12|
Awards and honours
|Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year||2014–15|||
|All-Atlantic Hockey First Team||2014–15|||
|Hobey Baker Award Finalist||2014–15|||
|Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team||2015|||
|All-Star Classic MVP||2017|
|First All-Star Team||2017|
|Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles)||2017, 2018|||
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- "Roth: Matt Garbowsky's comeback is Hobey Baker worthy". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- "RIT Athletics – Matt Garbowsky named Atlantic Hockey Conference Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward". ritathletics.com. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- "RIT's Matt Garbowsky staying in Rochester". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Amerks sign R.I.T standout Matt Garbowsky". Rochester Americans. March 31, 2015. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Jackals Training Camp Roster Grows by Five". Elmira Jackals. October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
- "Amerks recall Garbowsky from Jackals". Rochester Americans. October 25, 2015. Archived from the original on October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- "Eagles add former Hobey Baker finalist Matt Garbowsky". Colorado Eagles. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
- "Matt Garbowsky named MVP of 2017 ECHL All-Star Game". milehighhockey.com. January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- "99ers sign ECHL champion Garbowsky" (in German). Graz 99ers. June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
- "College Hockey News: RIT's Garbowsky Leads AHA Award Winners". collegehockeynews.com. March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "Conference Honors, 2014–15". collegehockeyinc.com. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- "McIntyre and Kero named Hobey Baker finalists". Fargo Force. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "RIT defeats Mercyhurst to claim second Atlantic Hockey Championship". Atlantic Hockey Association. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Sweeping Success: Colorado Eagles win Kelly Cup". ReporterHerald.com. June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- "Back-to-back Kelly Cup Champions". Colorado Eagles. June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year
| Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Forward
| Atlantic Hockey Scoring Trophy