Matt Grzelcyk (// GRIHZ-lihk; born January 5, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Bruins with the 85th overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
January 5, 1994|
Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Boston Bruins|
85th overall, 2012|
Grzelcyk attended Belmont Hill School before joining the USNTDP of the USHL, winning a gold medal at the 2012 U18 World Juniors in the Czech Republic. He committed to play for Boston University in the Hockey East Conference of the NCAA.
He served as captain of the Terriers his junior and senior season. He was named an assistant captain at the 2014 World Juniors but the US did not medal. He scored the overtime winning goal in the 63rd Beanpot that gave BU their 30th title, and was named the tournament MVP. He played 124 games during his four-year career at BU, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 69.
On April 1, 2016, he signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Boston Bruins, starting with the 2016–17 season. He joined Boston's affiliate Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the rest of the 2015–16 campaign.
On November 22, 2017, in a game against the New Jersey Devils, Grzelcyk got his first NHL assist on a goal from teammate Jake Debrusk. On November 24, 2017, Grzelcyk scored his first NHL goal in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the summer before the 2018-19 season, Grzelcyk signed a two year contract to stay with the Bruins.
Growing up, Grzelcyk lived a block from the Charlestown rink at Edwards Playground. He also grew up with fellow 2012 NHL Entry Draft pick Jimmy Vesey. The two first met when they were around the age of six, playing hockey together for a team named the Middlesex Islanders.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||Belmont Hill School||USHS||31||2||18||20||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||36||1||9||10||28||2||0||0||0||2|
|2011–12||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||24||1||10||11||6||—||—||—||—||—|
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