June 14, 1986 |
Ilderton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Read started playing hockey on Vancouver Island playing for the Kerry Park Islanders. At the age of ten, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and played for Pikes Peak Minor Hockey for four years. He then moved to Ilderton, Ontario, and played for the Ilderton Jets of the OMHA's Shamrock League.
After being a finalist in the OMHA Bantam Championship, Read's team won the championship in his first year of midget, defeating Centre Hastings in four games. From minor hockey, Read played OHA Junior D hockey for the Lucan Irish in the 2003–04 season.
In the 2004–05 season, Read was runner up to future NHLer Logan Couture for the WOHL Rookie of the Year Award. Couture, a graduate of the Lucan Irish of the Shamrock League, played that season with the St. Thomas Stars before being an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) first round draft pick in 2005.
The following season, Read signed with the Milton Icehawks Junior A club of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) for 2005–06. In 2006–07, Read spent a season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Read signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 24, 2011, after playing four seasons of collegiate hockey with Bemidji State University. Read made the Flyers roster out of training camp heading into the 2011–12 season and made his NHL debut on October 6, 2011, against the Boston Bruins. He scored his first NHL goal on October 8 against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. On October 18, Read recorded a career-high four points (one goal and three assists) in a 7–2 Flyers win over the Ottawa Senators. Read participated in the All-Star SuperSkills Competition and finished second in the accuracy contest, behind Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn. Read finished the regular season leading all NHL rookies in goals scored, 24, and ranking fourth among all rookies in points, 47.
Shortly after play resumed to begin the 2012–13 season in January, Read scored his first career NHL hat-trick on January 26, 2013, against the Florida Panthers, scoring on goaltenders José Théodore and Scott Clemmensen. Following the shortened season, Read was invited to play for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
On September 20, 2013, Read signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract extension with the Flyers.
On October 8, 2015, Read scored the first goal of the 2015-16 season for the Flyers in the season opener at Tampa Bay.
In the off-season of 2014, Read married his longtime girlfriend, Erin Cody. On March 17, 2015, they welcomed their first child, a daughter, named Roen Brittan Read.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||St. Marys Lincolns||WOHL||36||12||13||25||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||St. Marys Lincolns||WOHL||47||23||29||52||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Des Moines Buccaneers||USHL||58||28||34||62||110||8||2||0||2||6|
|2007–08||Bemidji State Beavers||CHA||36||9||18||27||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Bemidji State Beavers||CHA||37||15||25||40||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Bemidji State Beavers||CHA||37||19||22||41||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Bemidji State Beavers||WCHA||37||22||13||35||34||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|All-CHA Rookie Team||2007–08|
|CHA Rookie of the Year||2007–08|
|All-CHA First Team||2008–09|
|NCAA Frozen Four||2008–09|
|All-CHA First Team||2009–10|
|CHA Player of the Year||2009–10|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2009–10|
- "OMHA Champions". omha.net. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "Flyers Sign BSU's Read". Philadelphia Flyers. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
- Seravalli, Frank (2012-01-27). "Read's Travels are Taking Him to All-Star Skills Event". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
- "2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft results". National Hockey League. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "2011–2012 - Regular Season - Skater - Summary - Goals". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- BroadStreet (2013-01-03). "Matt Read signs lockout contract with Swedish club Södertälje ...". BroadStreet Bully. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
- Anthony SanFilippo (September 20, 2013). "Matt Read signs extension with Flyers". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
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|Awards and achievements|
|CHA Rookie of the Year
|CHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
|CHA Player of the Year