Irwin with the Predators during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals
November 29, 1987 |
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
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.
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. He continued his career playing at the college level for the UMass Minutemen of Hockey East.
San Jose Sharks
As an undrafted free agent, Irwin agreed to a contract with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. 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.
Irwin scored his first NHL goal on January 26, 2013 against Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche. 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.
On April 3, 2013, Irwin signed a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Sharks.
On July 10, 2015, Irwin signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Boston Bruins. 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.
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. After a few months with the team, Irwin was signed to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension. 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.
On January 9, 2018, the Predators re-signed Irwin to a two-year, $1.35 million contract extension.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
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