Matthew Puempel

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Matthew Puempel
Matthew Puempel Rangers 2013.jpg
Puempel (left) accepting a Star of the Game award in February 2013
Born (1993-01-24) January 24, 1993 (age 22)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Ottawa Senators
Binghamton Senators (AHL)
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2011
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2012–present
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2010 Slovakia

Matthew Puempel (born January 24, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently a member of the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL), the primary development team of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Puempel was selected 24th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Personal information[edit]

Born in Windsor, Puempel was raised in Essex, Ontario.[1]

Playing career[edit]


Puempel's 2009–10 season was a noteworthy rookie OHL season. Playing for the Peterborough Petes, he led all OHL rookies in goals and points and was second on his team in scoring. His point totals landed him at 39th in overall league scoring and he won the Emms Family Award as well as the CHL Rookie of the Year award.[2] In his second season with the Petes, he was hampered by a back injury just before the season and a bone chip on his hip that required surgery and ended his season prematurely.[3]

On December 8, 2011, Puempel was suspended for 8 games for a hit to the head of forward Sebastian Uvira during a game against the Oshawa Generals.[4] On June 27, 2012, Puempel requested a trade to a contending team and was subsequently dealt to the Kitchener Rangers. "Being around Ottawa and this being my last year of junior, I wanted to win and be a part of a team that is in a different phase of a rebuild," he told the Peterborough Examiner.[5]


Eager for the chance to select Puempel, Ottawa traded a pair of second-round picks (35th and 48th overall) to Detroit in order to obtain the 24th overall spot in the draft. Puempel signed an entry level contract with the Senators on December 29, 2011.[6] He made his professional debut with the Binghamton Senators late in the 2011-12 season. In his first full professional season in 2013-14, Puempel scored 30 goals, tying Mike Hoffman for the Binghamton team goal scoring lead.

In the midst of his second full professional season in Binghamton, Puempel was recalled to Ottawa on February 19, 2015. At the time, he ranked third in Binghamton team scoring with 32 points (12 goals and 20 assists) in 51 regular-season games.[7] On March 10, 2015, Puempel scored his first NHL goal against Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Peterborough Petes OHL 59 33 31 64 43 4 1 1 2 6
2010–11 Peterborough Petes OHL 55 34 35 69 49
2011–12 Peterborough Petes OHL 30 17 16 33 31
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 9 1 0 1 2
2012–13 Kitchener Rangers OHL 51 35 12 47 43 10 3 4 7 10
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 0
2013–14 Binghamton Senators AHL 74 30 18 48 94 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Binghamton Senators AHL 51 12 20 32 31
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 2 1 3 8
AHL totals 136 43 38 81 127 4 2 0 2 0
NHL totals 13 2 1 3 8

Awards and honors[edit]

Puempel being selected by the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Award Year
CHL Rookie of the Year 2009–10 [2]
CHL All-Rookie Team 2009–10
Emms Family Award 2009–10 [8]
OHL First All-Rookie Team 2009–10


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Preceded by
Brett Connolly
Winner of the CHL Rookie of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Nail Yakupov
Preceded by
Evgeny Grachev
Winner of the Emms Family Award
Succeeded by
Nail Yakupov
Preceded by
Stefan Noesen
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Cody Ceci