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Matt Grzelcyk (/ˈɡrɪzlɪk/ GRIHZ-lihk;[1] 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.[2]

Matt Grzelcyk
Born (1994-01-05) January 5, 1994 (age 25)
Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2012
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2016–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Grzelcyk played in the 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Middlesex Islanders minor ice hockey team, along with teammates Jon Gillies and Miles Wood.[3]

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 was named to the Hockey East All-Freshman team in 2012. He was selected to the preliminary roster for the 2013 World Juniors but did not make the final cut.[4]

He served as captain of the Terriers his junior and senior season.[5] 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.[6] He played 124 games during his four-year career at BU, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 69.[7]

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.[8]

On December 14, 2016, Grzelcyk made his NHL debut with the Bruins in a 4–3 OT loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[9]

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.[10] On November 24, 2017, Grzelcyk scored his first NHL goal in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[11] During the summer before the 2018-19 season, Grzelcyk signed a two year contract to stay with the Bruins.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Grzelcyk's father, John, and older brother, also named John, work at TD Garden. John Grzelcyk Sr. started working at Boston Garden in 1967 and has stayed with the organization ever since.[13]

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.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2012–13 Boston University HE 38 3 20 23 26
2013–14 Boston University HE 19 3 8 11 16
2014–15 Boston University HE 41 10 28 38 36
2015–16 Boston University HE 27 10 13 23 36
2016–17 Providence Bruins AHL 70 6 26 32 18 17 0 3 3 8
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 61 3 12 15 22 11 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Providence Bruins AHL 14 0 4 4 14
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 66 3 15 18 68 20 4 4 8 6
NHL totals 129 6 27 33 92 31 4 5 9 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17   5 1 5 6 2
2012 United States WJC18   6 1 0 1 2
2014 United States WJC 5th 5 2 4 6 2
Junior totals 16 4 9 13 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2017–18 National Hockey League (NHL) Pronunciation Guide. Retrieved October 3, 2018
  2. ^ "Matthew Grzelcyk". National Hockey League. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  4. ^ "Hockey's Future - Matt Grzelcyk". Hockey's Future. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  5. ^ Conor Ryan. "Matt Grzelcyk's return prompted by more than just unfinished business". The Daily Free Press. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  6. ^ "Bruins Prospect Matt Grzelcyk's OT Goal Wins Beanpot For BU (Video) - Beanpot - NESN.com". New England Sports Network. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Bruins sign BU's Matt Grzelcyk to two-year, entry-level deal". CSNNE.com. April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  8. ^ "Bruins Sign Matt Grzelcyk To An Entry-Level Contract". bruins.nhl.com. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  9. ^ "Matt Beleskey placed on LTIR, Bruins recall Matt Grzelcyk". CSNNE. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  10. ^ NHL (November 22, 2017). DeBrusk scores on the rush (Motion picture). New Jersey: NHL.com.
  11. ^ Russo, Eric (November 24, 2017). "First Goal Holds Special Place for Grzelcyks". BostonBruins.com. NHL. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Bruins Sign Matt Grzelcyk To Two-Year Contract". NHL.com. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Doyle, Bill (December 15, 2016). "Finally, Charlestown's Matt Grzelcyk steps into TD Garden as a Bruin, not a fan". telegram.com. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  14. ^ Prewitt, Alex (November 27, 2015). "Prospects and pals, Matt Grzelcyk and Jimmy Vesey make NHL wait". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 21, 2017.

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