Matt Marquardt

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Matt Marquardt
Matt Marquardt - Checkers.jpg
Born (1987-07-19) July 19, 1987 (age 29)
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL Draft 194th overall, 2006
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2008–present

Matt Marquardt (born July 19, 1987) is a Canadian ice hockey left winger. He most recently played with the Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). Marquardt was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 7th Round (194th Overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Major junior[edit]

A native of North Bay, Ontario, Marquardt wasn't selected in his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft year. Instead, Moncton Wildcats head coach, Ted Nolan, enticed him to come east and play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), for the 2005–06 season. The Wildcats couldn't be happier, as Marquardt improved and garnered more ice time as the season progressed, finishing with 25 points, 16 of which were goals. The bruiser was one of the team's many unsung heroes during the 2006 Memorial Cup tournament.[2]

With the departure of several high-end prospects to a variety of AHL destinations, and coach Nolan to the National Hockey League (NHL), Marquardt had an unexpected surge in offensive production, in his second season with Moncton. He was top on the team in both goals and total points. 19 of his 41 goals that season, came while on the powerplay.

After beginning the 2007–08 season with Moncton, he was traded at the deadline to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Marquardt registered a career-high 43 goals, split between his time at Moncton and Baie-Comeau, during the regular season. Baie-Comeau would be eliminated in the opening round of the 2008 Memorial Cup playoffs, by Rimouski Océanic.

Professional[edit]

On May 27, 2008, his rights were traded from Columbus to the Boston Bruins, in exchange for defenceman Jonathan Sigalet[3] Two days later, Marquardt signed a 3 year NHL Entry Level contract with the Bruins, on May 29.[4]

Marquardt was assigned to Boston's AHL affiliates, the Providence Bruins, for the 2008–09 season. He made his professional debut on October 8, 2008, in a game against the Lowell Devils. His first professional season with Providence saw Marquardt appear in 71 regular season games, finishing with 22 points. He would also record 9 postseason contests, appearing in the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs. He registered his first pro playoff assist and first goal, on May 13, and May 16, 2009, respectively. Providence were eliminated in the Conference finals, by eventual champions, the Hershey Bears.

During the 2009–10 season, Marquardt was briefly assigned to Providence's ECHL affiliation, the Reading Royals, on December 29, 2009.[5] He played in 3 games for the Royals, scoring one goal and tallying one assist. He was later recalled by Providence, on January 8, 2010.[6] Marquardt would be re-assigned back to the Royals again on February 25,[7] playing in a further 6 games, adding another assist.

On March 2, his rights were traded from Boston to the Edmonton Oilers, in exchange for Cody Wild.[8] Marquardt transferred teams accordingly, and made his debut with the Springfield Falcons, playing in 4 games. He would later be assigned to the Falcons' ECHL affiliates, the Stockton Thunder on March 23,[9] playing in 7 regular season contests, scoring one goal and tallying one assist. He would go on to play in the Thunder's postseason, playing in the 2010 Kelly Cup playoffs, Marquardt played in 15 games, collecting 10 points. Stockton were eliminated in the Conference finals by the Idaho Steelheads.[10]

On September 20, following a four-day stint at the 2010 Edmonton Oilers training camp, Marquardt was assigned to the Oilers' new AHL affiliate team, the Oklahoma City Barons, for the 2010–11 season.[11]

The 2011–12 season found Marquardt in the ECHL full-time, spending the first half of the season with the Bakersfield Condors, with whom he signed a contract on October 2.[12] He was traded to the Florida Everblades on January 6, 2012 for Josh Van Dyk.[13] The move would prove fortuitous for Florida, as Marquardt would assist the team in winning the Kelly Cup in the playoffs. Marquardt scored game-winning goals in Games 3 and 4, and a series winning overtime goal in Game 5 of the Kelly Cup Finals against the Las Vegas Wranglers.[14]

On September 2, 2014, after 6 seasons in the North American minor leagues, Marquardt pursued a career abroad in signing a one-year contract with German club, ESV Kaufbeuren of the DEL2.[15] Marquardt played in 37 contests in Germany for 20 points before returning mid-season in January 2015, to ECHL to play again with the Florida Everblades, helping push team to finish 2 points from first overall and win the Eastern Divsional title. In the 2014–15 season with the Everblades, Marquardt was also named an Alternate Captain of the club and led the league in ECHL for shootout goal percentage 5 for 5 for 100% and shootout game winning goals. In 2015 surpassed 500 games as a professional player.

On August 24, 2015, Marquardt re-signed with the Everblades for his fourth season with the club.[16]

As a free agent the following season, Marquardt left for a second tenure abroad, signing a one-year deal with English based EIHL club, the Coventry Blaze on July 13, 2016.[17] Marquardt departed Coventry after one season, in May 2017.[18]

Personal[edit]

Marquardt's younger brother Cory, a former hockey player in his own right, is a country singer.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Huntsville Wildcats OPJHL 23 5 4 9 10
2003–04 Brockville Braves CJHL 11 1 2 3 17
2004–05 Brockville Braves CJHL 55 19 22 41 78 7 1 2 3 8
2005–06 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 68 16 9 25 69 20 5 3 8 12
2006–07 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 67 41 29 70 68 7 1 3 4 14
2007–08 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 35 20 13 33 38
2007–08 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 33 23 13 36 33 5 1 1 2 6
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 71 9 13 22 45 9 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Providence Bruins AHL 42 1 9 10 21
2009–10 Reading Royals ECHL 9 1 2 3 14
2009–10 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Stockton Thunder ECHL 7 1 1 2 4 15 6 4 10 15
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 63 5 7 12 20
2011–12 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 34 13 6 19 33
2011–12 Florida Everblades ECHL 38 9 14 23 16 18 6 12 18 6
2012–13 Florida Everblades ECHL 44 15 21 36 19
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 27 5 3 8 2 4 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 61 6 7 13 64
2014–15 ESV Kaufbeuren DEL2 37 8 12 20 32
2014–15 Florida Everblades ECHL 40 18 15 33 2 12 2 5 7 2
2015–16 Florida Everblades ECHL 72 15 30 45 39 6 3 0 3 0
AHL totals 268 26 39 65 156 13 2 2 4 2

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2004-05 CJHL Rookie of the Year
  • 2004-2005 CJHL MVP of All-star game.
  • 2006 QMJHL Champion
  • 2006 Scored game winning goal in QMJHL final championship winning game
  • 2011–12 Kelly Cup Champion ECHL Florida Everblades
  • 2011–12 Scored three gaming winning goals in championship finals of Kelly Cup.
  • 2013–14 Man of the Year for the AHL Charlotte Checkers

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