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Matthew Dean Calvert (born December 24, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round, 127th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Matt Calvert
Matt Calvert - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
Calvert with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014
Born (1989-12-24) December 24, 1989 (age 29)
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 127th overall, 2008
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2010–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Calvert began his junior career with a brief stint for the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), during which he accumulated 15 penalty minutes in his only game with the club. The following year was his first of three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was named alternate captain for the Wheat Kings in his second season with the team.[1]

After being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Calvert opted to return to the Wheat Kings for a third season and a chance to win the 2010 Memorial Cup, set to be hosted by Brandon.[2] He was named captain of the Wheat Kings for the 2009–10 season,[1] during which he earned Second-Team Eastern Conference All-Star[3] and Memorial Cup All-Star[4] honours.

Calvert is also noted for scoring a natural short-handed hat-trick against the Calgary Hitmen in the 2010 WHL Eastern Conference Finals. With this feat, Calvert tied the WHL record for most short-handed goals in one game[5] and became the only player in WHL history to score three short-handed goals in one period in the playoffs.[6]

ProfessionalEdit

Columbus Blue JacketsEdit

Calvert began the 2010–11 season with the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. Calvert was later called-up to Columbus on January 6, 2011, and made his NHL debut two days later in a 6–0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. He would score his first career NHL goal one game later against goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. The Blue Jackets would assign Calvert to Springfield for the duration of the 2011 NHL All-Star Break before bringing him back up when they resumed regular season play.[7]

On February 25, 2011, Calvert scored a natural hat-trick for the Blue Jackets in a 5–3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the first hat-trick of Calvert's NHL career and the 19th hat-trick in Blue Jackets history.[8]

On April 19, 2014, Matt Calvert helped the Blue Jackets earn their first Stanley Cup playoff win by scoring a short-handed goal in the second period and the eventual game-winning goal in their 4–3 double overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Three years later, during the 2017 playoffs, Calvert was disciplined by the league for an on-ice attack on Tom Kühnhackl of the Pittsburgh Penguins.[9][10]

In the 2017–18 season, Calvert proved his versatility throughout the lineup, registering 9 goals and 15 assists for 24 points in 69 games, matching career highs in assists and points while leading the team with two short-handed tallies. He also produced four points in six playoff contests.

Colorado AvalancheEdit

On July 1, 2018, as a free agent, Calvert left the Blue Jackets after eight seasons to sign a three-year, $8.4 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Winkler Flyers MJHL 1 0 0 0 15
2007–08 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 72 24 40 64 53 6 1 2 3 2
2008–09 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 58 28 39 67 58 12 9 8 17 22
2009–10 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 68 47 52 99 70 15 9 7 16 15
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 38 13 12 25 12
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 42 11 9 20 12
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 13 0 3 3 16
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 56 17 19 36 52
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 34 10 11 21 39
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 42 9 7 16 32
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 56 9 15 24 53 6 2 2 4 4
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 56 13 10 23 28
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 73 11 13 24 51
2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 65 10 5 15 48 4 1 1 2 4
2017–18 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 69 9 15 24 33 6 3 1 4 4
2018–19 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 11 15 26 58 8 0 4 4 18
NHL totals 498 83 92 175 331 24 6 8 14 30

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
East Second All-Star Team 2010 [3]
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2010 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Eliteprospects.com - Matt Calvert". Elite Hockey Prospects. February 26, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "Calvert is Brandon Bound". Our Sports Central. September 28, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Best of the East Saluted by WHL, Saskatoon Homepage, March 18, 2010, retrieved February 25, 2011
  4. ^ Martin Jones And Jimmy Bubnick Honored At 2010 Mastercard Memorial Cup, Our Sports Central, May 24, 2010, retrieved February 25, 2011
  5. ^ The WHL Official Website - Single Game Records, The Western Hockey League, September 20, 2003, retrieved February 26, 2011
  6. ^ Mastercard Memorial Cup Preview, Sportsnet.ca, May 11, 2010, retrieved February 26, 2011
  7. ^ Puck-Rakers Blog: January 2011 Archives, The Columbus Dispatch, January 31, 2011, retrieved February 26, 2011
  8. ^ Game No. 60 (Puck-Rakers Blog), The Columbus Dispatch, February 25, 2011, retrieved February 26, 2011
  9. ^ "Blue Jackets' Matt Calvert gets 1 game for cross-check that broke stick". CBC Sports. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Payne, Marissa (April 15, 2017). "Blue Jackets' Matt Calvert suspended for Game 3 against Penguins after violent cross check". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Avalanche signs Matt Calvert". Colorado Avalanche. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Memorial Cup All-Star Teams". Memorial Cup. May 6, 2010. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2010.

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