Matt Iacopelli

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Matheson Iacopelli
Born (1994-05-15) May 15, 1994 (age 25)
Woodhaven, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Rockford IceHogs
NHL Draft 83rd overall, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2017–present

Matheson Iacopelli (born May 15, 1994)[1] is an American professional ice hockey winger, who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played as a prospect to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 83rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Iacopelli joined the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL during the 2013–14 season. He was the leading scorer for Muskegon as a 19-year-old USHL rookie, as he led the league with 41 goals and had 23 assists in 58 regular season games and was +12 with 47 penalty minutes. He was then drafted 83rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Draft, respectively, after that season.

During the 2014–15 season, Iacopelli scored 23 goals for Muskegon in his second USHL season, sharing the team lead with Tom Marchin. He had 14 assists and was -16 with 38 penalty minutes that year as well.

Iacopelli had already committed to playing college hockey at Western Michigan in 2014-15 in September the same year he entered the USHL and became the leading scorer for Muskegon as a rookie. He left the USHL and committed to the NCAA for the Western Michigan Broncos of the NCHC.

Professional[edit]

After his sophomore season with the Broncos in the 2016–17 season, Iacopelli opted to end his collegiate career in agreeing to a two-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on March 29, 2017.[2] He immediately joined AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, to play out the remainder of the year.

During the 2018–19 season, while stagnating within the Blackhawks AHL and ECHL affiliate's, Iacopelli was traded by Chicago to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Spencer Watson on February 24, 2019.[3] He was assigned to play out the remainder of the season with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.

Having completed his entry-level contract with the Kings, Iacopelli was not tendered a qualifying offer and was released to free agency on June 25, 2019.[4]

Personal[edit]

Iacopelli is the one of only two players to play for the Woodhaven Warriors ice hockey team that has been drafted by an NHL team (Jeremy Smith being the other in the 2007 NHL Draft at 54th overall).[citation needed] He is the son of Marco Iacopelli and Victoria DePalma. He also has two sisters, Chelsea and Marinna, and two brothers, Marco and Fedor.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Texas Tornado NAHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Springfield Jr. Blues NAHL 4 3 1 4 0
2013–14 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 58 41 23 64 47
2014–15 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 56 23 14 37 38 11 5 2 7 10
2015–16 Western Michigan University NCHC 27 1 6 7 6
2016–17 Western Michigan University NCHC 40 20 16 36 20
2016–17 Rockford IceHogs AHL 8 1 3 4 0
2017–18 Rockford IceHogs AHL 50 11 8 19 10
2017–18 Indy Fuel ECHL 10 9 1 10 0
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 27 2 2 4 19
2018–19 Indy Fuel ECHL 9 4 0 4 4
2018–19 Manchester Monarchs ECHL 12 2 3 5 6 1 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 85 14 13 27 29

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
USHL
All-Star Game 2014
First All-Star Team 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matheson Iacopelli - Forward player profile". October 5, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Iacopelli". Chicago Blackhawks. March 29, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "LA Kings acquire Matheson Iacopelli from Chicago Blackhawks". Los Angeles Kings. February 24, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Zach Dooley (June 25, 2019). "Kings qualifying offer news". Twitter. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Matheson Iacopelli". wmbroncos.com. Retrieved June 3, 2018.

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