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Matthew Richard Bartkowski (born June 4, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Matt Bartkowski
Matt Bartkowski 10-2015.jpg
Bartkowski with the Canucks in October 2015
Born (1988-06-04) June 4, 1988 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 190th overall, 2008
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2010–present

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Playing careerEdit

Florida PanthersEdit

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.

Boston BruinsEdit

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.[1] On April 29, 2010, Bartkowski was then signed to a two-year entry level contract with the Bruins.[2]

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.[3]

 
Bartkowski with the Bruins in 2013

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.[4]

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.[5]

On July 14, 2014, Bartkowski signed a one-year extension with the Bruins worth $1.25 million, avoiding arbitration.[6]

Vancouver CanucksEdit

On July 1, 2015, Bartkowski signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

On September 16, 2016, Bartkowski was signed to a professional tryout by the Ottawa Senators.[10] On October 5, he was released from his professional tryout with the Senators.[11] 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.

Calgary FlamesEdit

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.[12] The next day, Bartkowski signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Flames.[13]

Minnesota WildEdit

On July 1, 2018, as a free agent from the Flames, Bartkowski agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Lincoln Stars USHL 57 3 6 9 95 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Lincoln Stars USHL 60 4 37 41 135 8 1 4 5 10
2008–09 Ohio State University CCHA 41 5 15 20 46
2009–10 Ohio State University CCHA 39 6 12 18 99
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 69 5 18 23 42
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Providence Bruins AHL 50 3 19 22 38
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 56 3 21 24 56 5 0 5 5 4
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 11 0 2 2 6 7 1 1 2 4
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 64 0 18 18 30 8 0 1 1 10
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 47 0 4 4 37
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 6 12 18 50
2016–17 Providence Bruins AHL 34 2 8 10 27
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 24 1 1 2 26 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Calgary Flames NHL 18 0 3 3 4
2018–19 Iowa Wild AHL 70 4 15 19 48 11 1 1 2 10
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 255 8 40 48 157 19 1 2 3 14

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
USHL
First All-Star Team 2008 [15]
College
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2009 [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bruins trade Bitz, Weller for Seidenberg". ESPN. March 3, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bruins sign Bartkowski". Boston Bruins. April 29, 2010. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "Memorable Night For Pittsburgh Native Bartkowski". NHL. January 1, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "NHL.com— Stanley Cup Fun Facts". NHL. Archived from the original on January 17, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  5. ^ "Professional Spotlight: Matt Bartkowski".
  6. ^ "Bruins re-sign Bartkowski, sign top-pick Pastrnak". NHL. July 15, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Canucks sign defenceman Matt Bartkowski". Vancouver Canucks /NHL. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Korpikoski lifts Oilers over Canucks in overtime". Vancouver Canucks. October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  9. ^ Paterson, Jeff (July 30, 2016). "Former Canuck Matt Bartkowski gets hitched, but not hired". Online. The Province. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Senators sign defenceman Matt Bartkowski to a professional tryout". ottawacitizen.com. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Sens send seven players to Binghamton". October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "Bartkowski joins Flames on PTO". Calgary Flames. February 15, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Flames sign Matt Bartkowski". Calgary Flames. February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Bartkowski, Wild agree on two-way deal". Minnesota Wild. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Matt Bartkowski Biography". Ohio State Buckeyes. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010.

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