Matt Pettinger

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Matt Pettinger
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Born (1980-10-22) October 22, 1980 (age 36)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Washington Capitals
Vancouver Canucks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Kölner Haie
Hamburg Freezers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 2000
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2000–present

Matthew Pettinger (born October 22, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[1][2] He has previously played in the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and the Washington Capitals. Pettinger was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Victoria, British Columbia.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Pettinger was drafted in the 2nd round, 43rd overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Before his professional career, Pettinger played a season and half for the University of Denver Pioneers before joining the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) midway through the 1999–00 season.

He spent his first few seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) splitting time between the Washington Capitals and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates, before earning a full-time roster spot with the Capitals in 2003–04. Pettinger played eight games for HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, then recorded a career-high 20 goals, 18 assists and 38 points as NHL play resumed the following season.

On February 26, 2008, at the trade deadline, Pettinger was dealt from the Washington Capitals to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Matt Cooke.[4] Beginning the 2008–09 season back in the AHL with the Canucks' minor league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, Pettinger was claimed on re-entry waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 21, 2008.[5] He completed the season with 15 points in 59 games with the Lightning.

Unable to sign with an NHL team in the 2009 off-season, Pettinger returned to the Manitoba Moose, signing a professional try-out contract on October 14, 2009.[6] Before long, however, injuries to the Vancouver Canucks resulted in him re-signing with his former NHL club on November 2 to a one-year, two-way deal worth the league-minimum $500,000 at the NHL level.[7] Seven games later, he was sent back to the Moose in expectation of forward Daniel Sedin's return from injury after clearing waivers on November 21.[8] On April 6, 2010 Pettinger was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks.[9] After 422 NHL regular seasons games, Pettinger finally made his post-season debut in playing a solitary game with the Canucks in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 15, 2010.[10]

On August 6, 2010, Pettinger left North America and signed a one-year contract with German team Kölner Haie of the DEL.[11] After completing a second season with the Sharks, Pettinger opted to remain in the DEL for a third season, however opted to sign with fellow club, the Hamburg Freezers, on a one-year deal on April 9, 2012.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 U. of Denver WCHA 38 6 14 20 52
1999–00 U. of Denver WCHA 19 2 6 8 49
1999–00 Calgary Hitmen WHL 27 14 6 20 41 11 2 6 8 30
2000–01 Portland Pirates AHL 64 19 17 36 92 2 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 10 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Portland Pirates AHL 9 3 3 6 24
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 61 7 3 10 44
2002–03 Portland Pirates AHL 69 14 13 27 72 3 0 2 2 2
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 71 7 5 12 37
2004–05 HDD Olimpija Ljubljana SLO 8 2 5 7 41
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 71 20 18 38 39
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 64 16 16 32 22
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 56 2 5 7 25
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 4 2 6 11
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 2 3 0 3 0
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 59 8 7 15 24
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 54 14 16 30 31
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Kölner Haie DEL 44 14 31 45 32 5 1 2 3 2
2011–12 Kölner Haie DEL 52 14 23 37 40 6 2 4 6 6
2012–13 Hamburg Freezers DEL 49 9 20 29 42 6 1 3 4 2
2013–14 Hamburg Freezers DEL 47 12 16 28 18 12 3 1 4 4
2014–15 Hamburg Freezers DEL 38 8 11 19 32 7 2 0 2 0
NHL totals 422 65 58 123 210 1 0 0 0 0
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1999 Winnipeg
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Umea

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2 1 0 1 2
2000 Canada WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 0 4 4
2006 Canada WC 4th 8 1 0 1 4
Junior totals 9 5 0 5 6
Senior totals 8 1 0 1 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthew Pettinger" (in German). Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Matt Pettinger" (in German). Hamburg Freezers. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  3. ^ "After move to Canucks, Matt Pettinger's on an endless road trip". The Georgia Straight. March 12, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cooke traded to Washington". Canada.com. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Lightning claim Pettinger". TSN. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Getting back in groove". Winnipeg Sun. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Pettinger inks one-year deal". The Province. 2009-11-02. Archived from the original on November 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Canucks clear room for Sedin, send Pettinger to AHL". The Sports Network. 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Moose lose Pettinger to Canucks". Winnipeg Free Press. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  10. ^ "Samuelsson scores in overtime for Canucks". Yahoo! Sports. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  11. ^ "NHL player Matt Pettinger strengthens Kölner Haie" (in German). Kölner Haie. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Matt Pettinger signs as a Freezer" (in German). Hamburg Freezers. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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