Matt Kassian

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Matt Kassian
Matt Kassian 2013-05-17.JPG
With the Senators during the 2013 playoffs.
Born (1986-10-28) October 28, 1986 (age 29)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota Wild
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 57th overall, 2005
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2007–2014
Website kassassin.com

Matt Kassian (born October 28, 1986) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who has played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Minnesota Wild and the Ottawa Senators.

Playing career[edit]

Kassian made his NHL debut during the 2010-11 season after originally being selected in the second round, 57th overall, by Minnesota in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[1] His junior hockey career was spent with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.

On November 3, 2010, the Minnesota Wild recalled Kassian from the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros.[2] During the month of November 2010 Kassian played four games for the Wild, collecting 12 minutes in penalties and no points, with only a single shot on goal. He was then assigned back to the Aeros in December. He was re-called from the Aeros in mid-January.[3] He recorded his first NHL goal on March 1, 2012 in the first period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens. He scored his second NHL goal in the third period of that same game.[4]

On March 12, 2013, Kassian was traded from the Wild to the Ottawa Senators for a sixth round draft pick in 2014.[5] He spent the remainder of the 2012-13 season and all of the 2013-14 season with the Senators, appearing in a total of 48 games, serving primarily as an enforcer. Following the 2013-14 season, Kassian was not re-signed by Ottawa. "I wanted to be back and they felt otherwise. That's their right as an organization," he said.[6]

In September of 2014, Kassian was invited to Arizona Coyotes' training camp but was ultimately not offered a contract.[7] He was invited to attend AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates training camp, and appeared in 2 games in the 2014-15 season with the club before ending his professional career and enrolling in business school.[8]

He is of no relation to fellow professional forward Zack Kassian.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Vancouver Giants WHL 37 1 0 1 42 3 0 0 0 4
2004–05 Vancouver Giants WHL 41 0 3 3 89
2004–05 Kamloops Blazers WHL 28 3 0 3 83 6 1 2 3 14
2005–06 Kamloops Blazers WHL 67 5 6 11 147
2006–07 Kamloops Blazers WHL 72 8 10 18 162 4 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 19 0 0 0 48
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 47 6 4 10 90
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 56 1 2 3 130 4 0 0 0 10
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 59 2 4 6 149
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 60 4 4 8 132 8 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 4 0 0 0 12
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 24 2 0 2 55
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 26 2 2 4 34
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 9 1 0 1 12
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 15 1 0 1 47 5 0 2 2 17
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 1 1 2 63
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 76 4 1 5 177 5 0 2 2 17

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