Matt Irwin

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Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin 2017-06-08 1.jpg
Irwin with the Predators during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals
Born (1987-11-29) November 29, 1987 (age 30)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Matthew Irwin (born November 29, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player under contract with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Irwin has previously played in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins.

Playing career[edit]

Irwin during the AHL All-Star Game in 2012

Amateur[edit]

He was named best defenceman in the British Columbia Hockey League Coastal Conference two years in a row, 2007 and 2008, while playing for the Nanaimo Clippers.[1] He continued his career playing at the college level for the UMass Minutemen of Hockey East.

Professional[edit]

San Jose Sharks[edit]

As an undrafted free agent, Irwin agreed to a contract with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.[2] Irwin scored 73 points in his first two seasons, and was signed by parent affiliate, the San Jose Sharks after injuries to Jason Demers and Brent Burns.[3]

Irwin scored his first NHL goal on January 26, 2013 against Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche.[4] In 38 games with the Sharks in 2013, Irwin scored six goals and six assists, while averaging 2.1 shots on goal per game, the most by a rookie defenceman.[3]

On April 3, 2013, Irwin signed a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Sharks.[5]

Irwin during his time with the Bruins

Boston Bruins[edit]

On July 10, 2015, Irwin signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Boston Bruins.[6] Irwin made the opening-night roster with Boston for the 2015–16 season. On October 11, 2015, Irwin was waived by Boston after a -5 plus/minus in his first two games. He was re-assigned to Boston's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, the following day.[7]

Nashville Predators[edit]

On July 1, 2016, having concluded his contract with the Bruins, Irwin left as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 with the Nashville Predators.[8] After a few months with the team, Irwin was signed to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension.[9] Irwin spent majority of the season with the Predators, recording 14 points in 74 games. Irwin also appeared in 22 games for the team during the 2017 playoffs, where the Predators fell in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.[10]

On January 9, 2018, the Predators re-signed Irwin to a two-year, $1.35 million contract extension.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 3 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 56 3 6 9 41 5 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 60 22 27 49 67 24 10 4 14 18
2007–08 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 59 16 37 53 40 14 6 7 13 22
2008–09 UMass-Amherst HE 31 7 11 18 8
2009–10 UMass-Amherst HE 36 7 17 24 16
2009–10 Worcester Sharks AHL 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Worcester Sharks AHL 72 10 21 31 43
2011–12 Worcester Sharks AHL 71 11 31 42 48
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 35 1 14 15 26
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 38 6 6 12 10 11 0 1 1 10
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 2 17 19 35 2 1 0 1 0
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 51 8 11 19 18
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 64 5 25 30 27 2 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 4 0 1 1 4
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 74 3 11 14 26 22 0 2 2 4
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 50 2 6 8 8 12 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 279 21 51 72 97 47 1 3 4 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Irwin". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ "James Marcou and Matt Irwin of UMass hockey sign with San Jose Sharks". 
  3. ^ a b Dubow, Josh (2013-05-11). "Sharks rely on rookie D Matt Irwin (scroll down for article text)". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Marleau makes history as Sharks blank Avs". National Hockey League. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Sharks extend Irwin two-years". San Jose Sharks. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bruins sign defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract". Boston Bruins. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bruins Assign Matt Irwin to the Providence Bruins". Boston Bruins. October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Predators add Irwin via one-year contract". Nashville Predators. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Predators Sign Irwin to One-Year Contract". NHL.com. 
  10. ^ Press, Associated (12 June 2017). "Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup again after late Game 6 goals". the Guardian. 
  11. ^ "Preds Ink Matt Irwin to Two-Year Deal". NHL.com. 

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