Matthew Beleskey (born June 7, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins.
Beleskey in March 2016 with the Bruins
June 7, 1988|
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
New York Rangers|
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
112th overall, 2006|
Beleskey grew up in the small town of Midhurst, Ontario in the Springwater Township. He played his minor hockey for the Barrie Icemen AAA program of the OMHA's Eastern AAA League. After his Bantam season with the Icemen, Beleskey played one season with the nearby Collingwood Blues Jr.A. club of the OHA.
He was drafted in the 2nd round (21st overall) in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls. In the 2008 OHL Finals versus the Kitchener Rangers, Belleville was down 3-0 in the series and 4-1 in the game, but on the back of captain Beleskey's four-point night, including the game winner in overtime, Belleville won the game and pushed the series to seven games, before ultimately losing the series.
He was selected by the Ducks 112th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and turned professional in 2008 after a four-year junior career with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. He made his NHL debut in the 2008–09 season, appearing in two games with the Ducks but spent most of the season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Iowa Chops. Matt Beleskey played in the UK for Coventry Blaze ice hockey team in the Elite Ice Hockey League during the NHL lock-out.
Playing in 65 games during the 2014–15 season, Beleskey scored 22 goals to go with 10 assists. He recorded eight goals and an assist during the 2015 playoffs as the Ducks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks during the Western Conference Finals.
In the 2017–18 season, his third season with the Bruins and continuing to underperform relative to expectations, Beleskey was sent to the Bruins' AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins on December 14, 2017.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||12||1||4||5||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||14||1||5||6||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||53||5||17||22||55||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||New York Rangers||NHL||4||1||0||1||5||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Beleskey a work horse". The Sudbury Star. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2015-06-07.
- "Matt Beleskey player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- "Bruins sign Matt Beleskey to five-year contract". CBS Sports. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "Bruins Place Matt Beleskey On Waivers". NHL.com. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
- "Ranger Acquire 2018 1st Rd. Pick, Lindgren, Spooner, Beleskey, 2019 Pick". NHL.com. February 25, 2018. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Matt Beleskey on Twitter
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