Matt Garbowsky

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Matt Garbowsky
Matt Garbowsky RIT.jpg
Born (1990-07-26) July 26, 1990 (age 29)
St. George, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
Graz 99ers
Rochester Americans
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present

Matt Garbowsky (born July 26, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center. He is currently playing with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

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.[1]

College[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] He tallied 54 points in 40 games and led all Division I players with 729 face-off wins during the season.[2]

Professional[edit]

After completing his collegiate career, Garbowsky agreed to a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans of the AHL for the 2015–16 season.[5] He also signed a tryout contract with the Americans to be able to play in the remainder of the 2014–15 season,[6] 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.[7] On October 25, 2015, Garbowsky was recalled to the Amerks after playing in four games with the Jackals.[8] 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.[9] He was named MVP of the ECHL All-Star Classic on January 18, 2017.[10]

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.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Brantford Golden Eagles GOJHL 48 19 22 41 40 4 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Brantford Eagles GOJHL 53 46 64 110 22 14 10 16 26 14
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
2011–12 R.I.T. AHA 39 9 11 20 34
2012–13 R.I.T. AHA 36 11 22 33 14
2013–14 R.I.T. AHA 13 2 5 7 4
2014–15 R.I.T. AHA 40 26 28 54 28
2014–15 Rochester Americans AHL 8 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Elmira Jackals ECHL 33 7 14 21 13
2015–16 Rochester Americans AHL 16 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Colorado Eagles ECHL 72 36 44 80 54 20 6 9 15 19
2017–18 Colorado Eagles ECHL 51 15 39 54 43 24 7 9 16 24
2018–19 Graz 99ers EBEL 54 19 21 40 26 10 2 4 6 4
AHL totals 24 0 2 2 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year 2014–15 [12]
All-Atlantic Hockey First Team 2014–15 [13]
Hobey Baker Award Finalist 2014–15 [14]
Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team 2015 [15]
ECHL
All-Star Classic MVP 2017
First All-Star Team 2017
Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles) 2017, 2018 [16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hobey Baker voting has a distinct BCHL flavour". MerrittHerald.com. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "RIT Athletics – Matt Garbowsky – 2014–15 RIT Men's Hockey". ritathletics.com. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Roth: Matt Garbowsky's comeback is Hobey Baker worthy". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "RIT's Matt Garbowsky staying in Rochester". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Jackals Training Camp Roster Grows by Five". Elmira Jackals. October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Amerks recall Garbowsky from Jackals". Rochester Americans. October 25, 2015. Archived from the original on October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Eagles add former Hobey Baker finalist Matt Garbowsky". Colorado Eagles. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Matt Garbowsky named MVP of 2017 ECHL All-Star Game". milehighhockey.com. January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "99ers sign ECHL champion Garbowsky" (in German). Graz 99ers. June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "College Hockey News: RIT's Garbowsky Leads AHA Award Winners". collegehockeynews.com. March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  13. ^ "Conference Honors, 2014–15". collegehockeyinc.com. April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "McIntyre and Kero named Hobey Baker finalists". Fargo Force. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "RIT defeats Mercyhurst to claim second Atlantic Hockey Championship". Atlantic Hockey Association. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  16. ^ "Sweeping Success: Colorado Eagles win Kelly Cup". ReporterHerald.com. June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "Back-to-back Kelly Cup Champions". Colorado Eagles. June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jimmy Sarjeant
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year
2014–15
Succeeded by
Zac Lynch
Preceded by
Dan O'Donoghue
Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Forward
2014–15
Succeeded by
Ben Carey
Preceded by
Brett Gensler
Atlantic Hockey Scoring Trophy
2014–15
Succeeded by
Zac Lynch