Matthew Richard Bartkowski (born June 4, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Bartkowski with the Canucks in October 2015
June 4, 1988|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
Iowa Wild (AHL)
190th overall, 2008|
Bartkowski played high school hockey at Mt. Lebanon High School in suburban Pittsburgh. He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 7th Round (190th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft following his final year in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars.
On March 3, 2010, the Panthers traded Bartkowski, along with Dennis Seidenberg, to the Boston Bruins for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a 2nd round 2010 NHL Entry Draft choice. On April 29, 2010, Bartkowski was then signed to a two-year entry level contract with the Bruins.
On January 10, 2011, Bartkowski made his NHL debut for the Boston Bruins against his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins went on to win the game 4-2, with Bartkowski registering two penalty minutes.
On June 15, 2011, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in game seven against the Vancouver Canucks. Bartkowski got to take part in the Bruins celebration and he also got to raise the Stanley Cup without playing a single playoff game with the Bruins. He did not, however, have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, as a player to have his name inscribed must have played at least 41 games for the championship team during the regular season (provided the player remains with the team when they win the Cup) or played in at least one game of the Stanley Cup Finals.
On May 13, 2013, Bartkowski scored his first NHL goal, notching a playoff goal during Boston's Game seven win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
On July 14, 2014, Bartkowski signed a one-year extension with the Bruins worth $1.25 million, avoiding arbitration.
On July 1, 2015, Bartkowski signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks. On October 18, 2015, Bartkowski scored his first NHL regular season goal in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The goal came in Bartkowski's 137th game played in the NHL.
Bartkowski appeared in a career-high 80 games for the Canucks during the 2015-16 season, scoring 18 points. However, the club chose not to re-sign him at season's end, making him an unrestricted free agent.
On September 16, 2016, Bartkowski was signed to a professional tryout by the Ottawa Senators. On October 5, he was released from his professional tryout with the Senators. He returned informally to the Bruins organization in accepting a professional try-out contract with former club, the Providence Bruins of the AHL to begin the 2016–17 season. In 34 games with Providence, Bartkowski added 2 goals and 10 points.
On February 15, 2017, Bartkowski was signed to a professional tryout with the Calgary Flames, reuniting him with head coach Glen Gulutzan, formerly an assistant in Vancouver. The next day, Bartkowski signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Flames.
On July 1, 2018, as a free agent from the Flames, Bartkowski agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
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Awards and honorsEdit
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- "Bruins sign Bartkowski". Boston Bruins. April 29, 2010. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "Memorable Night For Pittsburgh Native Bartkowski". NHL. January 1, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
- "NHL.com— Stanley Cup Fun Facts". NHL. Archived from the original on January 17, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
- "Professional Spotlight: Matt Bartkowski".
- "Bruins re-sign Bartkowski, sign top-pick Pastrnak". NHL. July 15, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "Canucks sign defenceman Matt Bartkowski". Vancouver Canucks /NHL. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- "Korpikoski lifts Oilers over Canucks in overtime". Vancouver Canucks. October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- Paterson, Jeff (July 30, 2016). "Former Canuck Matt Bartkowski gets hitched, but not hired". Online. The Province. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
- "Senators sign defenceman Matt Bartkowski to a professional tryout". ottawacitizen.com. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- "Sens send seven players to Binghamton". October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "Bartkowski joins Flames on PTO". Calgary Flames. February 15, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
- "Flames sign Matt Bartkowski". Calgary Flames. February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Bartkowski, Wild agree on two-way deal". Minnesota Wild. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Dan Diamond and Associates. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.
- "Matt Bartkowski Biography". Ohio State Buckeyes. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010.