Matthew Tkachuk

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Matthew Tkachuk
Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights.jpg
Born (1997-12-11) December 11, 1997 (age 21)
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2016
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2016–present

Matthew Tkachuk (/kəˈʌk/; born December 11, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing with and an alternate captain for the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL). Tkachuk was a top rated prospect who was selected sixth overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Flames.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Tkachuk played in the 2010 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the St. Louis Blues minor ice hockey team, where he was teammates with Logan Brown, Clayton Keller, and Luke Kunin.[3]

Major junior[edit]

On May 8, 2015, Tkachuk gave up his NCAA eligibility when he signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), who had drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.[4] Playing on a line with Mitchell Marner and Christian Dvorak, Tkachuk scored 107 points placing him fifth in OHL scoring.

Leading up to the NHL draft, Tkachuk was ranked the second-ranked North American skater, described as a bona fide future star for an NHL club that brings elite skills and attributes.[5] After his selection by the Calgary Flames, sixth overall, Tkachuk was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract on July 7, 2016.[6]

NHL[edit]

Tkachuk scored his first NHL goal in a 4–3 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres.[7] On March 20, 2017, Tkachuk was suspended two games for an elbow to the face of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.[8] During the next meeting between the two teams on March 29, Tkachuk further settled the hit by fighting Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb. Tkachuk finished seventh in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy, an award awarded annually to the top rookie in the NHL.[9][10]

During his sophomore year, on November 17, 2017, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Tkachuk was suspended one game for his part in a line brawl that took place in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on November 15, 2017.[11] He was suspended again on December 7, 2017, for spearing Toronto Maple Leafs winger Matt Martin.[12] Tkachuk became the second youngest teenager in Flames history to reach 100 games, the first being Dan Quinn in 1985, when he played against the Arizona Coyotes on November 30, 2017.[13] Tkachuk was injured in a game against the New York Islanders on March 11, 2018, and missed the rest of the season.[14] Despite the injury, he finished the season with a career high 49 points.

Prior to the 2018–19 season, Tkachuk was named an alternate captain for the Flames, along with Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan.[15]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2015 Switzerland
IIHF World U20 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Finland

Tkachuk helped Team USA win gold at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge held in Nova Scotia, Canada.[16] He also competed at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships, where in seven games he registered ten assists (tops in the tournament), leading the United States men's national under-18 ice hockey team to a gold medal win.[17]

At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships, held in Helsinki, Tkachuk and Auston Matthews each scored 11 points to lead the American team in scoring. After losing in the semi-finals, the American team beat Sweden to claim the bronze medal.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Keith Tkachuk, played 1,201 games in the NHL and is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.[18] Matthew Tkachuk's younger brother, Brady, plays with the Ottawa Senators and won bronze with Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[19] Tkachuk was born in Scottsdale during his father's stint with the Phoenix Coyotes, and grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield. He attended Chaminade College Preparatory School from sixth to ninth until he decided to join the United States Hockey League. While at Chaminade, Tkachuk was in the same gym class as Boston Celtics' forward Jayson Tatum.[20]

Tkachuk is second cousins to former NHL player Tom Fitzgerald, who grew up with his father. He is also cousins with NHL players Kevin and Jimmy Hayes. Tkachuk is a Ukrainian surname, although his father has suggested that his family background and name is either "Polish or Russian".[21] Tkachuk is also of Canadian descent, as his mother Chantal is a native of Winnipeg, who met his father during his stint with the original Winnipeg Jets.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 U.S. National Development Team USHL 33 5 12 17 18
2014–15 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 13 20 33 75
2015–16 London Knights OHL 57 30 77 107 80 18 20 20 40 42
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 76 13 35 48 105 4 0 0 0 4
2017–18 Calgary Flames NHL 68 24 25 49 61
NHL totals 144 37 60 97 166 4 0 0 0 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States U17 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 4 3 7 2
2015 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 10 12 4
2016 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 7 11 6
Junior totals 20 10 20 30 12

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year Ref
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Gold Medal 2014 [22]
IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal 2015 [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flames select Matthew Tkachuk with 6th overall pick in NHL Draft". Sportsnet. June 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "U.S. forward Tkachuk conjures memories of dad – 2016 World Junior Championship". NHL.com. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  3. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  4. ^ "Keith Tkachuk's son Matthew commits to London Knights. Here's why that's big news". The Hockey News. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  5. ^ "Dubois jumps to top of draft rankings". NHL.com. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  6. ^ "Flames sign Matthew Tkachuk". Calgary Flames. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  7. ^ Odland, Kristen (October 18, 2016). "Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk notches first goal of season to force game into overtime". Calgary Sun. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Matthew Tkachuk of Flames suspended two games". NHL.com. March 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Matthew Tkachuk Bio". NHL.com.
  10. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (21 June 2017). "Johnny Gaudreau wins Lady Byng Memorial Trophy". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 15 December 2017. Rambunctious rookie Matthew Tkachuk ranked seventh in the Calder Memorial Trophy race
  11. ^ "Tkachuk suspended one game for actions in Flames game against Red Wings". NHL.com. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Canadian Press (December 7, 2017). "Flames' Matthew Tkachuk suspended one game for spearing". Sportsnet.ca. Toronto: Sportsnet. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  13. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (November 30, 2017). "Flames sophomore Matthew Tkachuk hits 100-game plateau". Calgarysun.com. Calgary Sun. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  14. ^ Vickers, Aaron (March 28, 2018). "Tkachuk, Brodie likely out for remainder of Flames season". NHL.com. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Perterson, Torrie (October 2, 2018). "BACKLUND, TKACHUK NAMED ALTERNATE CAPTAINS". NHL.com. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Golden boy comes north | The London Free Press". Lfpress.com. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  17. ^ "Matthew Tkachuk signs with London Knights (OHL) – SB Nation College Hockey". Sbncollegehockey.com. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  18. ^ Chapin Landvogt (2015-04-16). "Like father like son – WM18 – International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". U18worlds2015.iihf.com. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  19. ^ Dillman, Lisa (March 4, 2018). "Tkachuks go miles for Matthew, star siblings". NHL.com. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  20. ^ Austin, Daniel. "Road to NBA and NHL went through one gym class for Tatum and Tkachuk". Calgary Sun. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Athlete profile: Keith Tkachuk". 3 February 1998. CNN / Sports Illustrated. February 3, 1998. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  22. ^ "Matthew Tkachuk". Worldjuniors.usahockey.com. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  23. ^ "Matt Tkachuk signs with London Knights, reflects on U18 team winning gold medal". West Newsmagazine. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2015-09-19.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sam Bennett
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
Juuso Valimaki