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Matt Robert Lashoff (born September 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with the SCL Tigers in the National League A (NLA).

Matt Lashoff
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Born (1986-09-29) September 29, 1986 (age 32)
East Greenbush, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
SCL Tigers
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
ZSC Lions
Leksands IF
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Adler Mannheim
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2005
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2006–present

Lashoff was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is the older brother of Detroit Red Wings defenseman, Brian Lashoff.

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Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Lashoff played in the 2000 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the New York Rangers minor ice hockey team.[1]

Lashoff prepped at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut under famed coach John T. Gardner. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers, Lashoff made his professional debut at the end of the 2005–06 season with the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.[citation needed]

Lashoff made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins in the 2006–07 season on October 26, 2006. Lashoff scored his first NHL goal December 31, 2007, against Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers.[citation needed]

On April 4, 2007, Lashoff was named to the 2006–07 AHL All-Rookie Team.[2] On March 4, 2009, at the trade deadline for the 2008–09 season, Lashoff was traded by the Bruins, along with Mārtiņš Karsums, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mark Recchi and a 2009 second round draft pick.[3]

On August 27, 2010, Lashoff was traded by the Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Alex Berry and Stefano Giliati.[4]

 
Lashoff during his stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2015.

On August 3, 2012, as a free agent, Lashoff signed a try-out contract with European team, ZSC Lions of the Swiss NLA.[5]

After two and a half years abroad in Sweden and Russia, Lashoff left Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Kontinental Hockey League mid-year in the 2014–15 season, to return to North America to sign an AHL contract for the remainder of the campaign with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 12, 2015.[6] Lashoff appeared in just 11 games with the Tigers before he was traded to the Portland Pirates in exchange for Dyson Stevenson on March 3, 2015.[7]

Lashoff agreed to join the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to begin the season on October 5, 2015. In adding depth to the blueline, Lashoff appeared in 17 games for 2 assists before he was released from his contract. On February 2, 2016, Lashoff inked a contract for the remainder of the 2015–16 season with Adler Mannheim of the German top flight Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[8] He appeared in 3 regular season games before suiting up in two post-season contests, contributing with a goal and 14 penalty minutes.[citation needed]

As a free agent in the following off-season, and having returned to North America from Germany, Lashoff trained and agreed to attend his former club, the Toronto Marlies training camp, in preparation for the 2016–17 season. He was released from his try-out during the pre-season on October 10, 2016.[9] With the season underway, Lashoff belatedly agreed to a professional try-out contract with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, affiliate to the Colorado Avalanche, on October 26, 2016.[10] In 19 games with the Rampage, Lashoff led the defense in scoring with 3 goals and 7 points. At the end of his try-out period, the Rampage however opted against another try-out contract concluding his tenure with the team on December 23, 2016.[11] On February 3, 2017, he signed with the SCL Tigers of the National League A for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.[12]

Music careerEdit

Lashoff is also a musician. He released his debut album titled "Living on Heart" on May 17, 2011.[13] "Living on Heart" was recorded over a month in the summer of 2010, at various studios in New Jersey and New York, during Lashoff's off season. Producer Loren Harriet approached Lashoff after seeing a segment about his music career on the New England Sports Network channel. Lashoff was surprised by the opportunity and explains, "I didn't think [Harriet] was serious at first [but eventually] he was helping me choose my band which was like an all star team of some of the best studio musicians." Lashoff says his debut album is "bluesy with a pop influence" and cites artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Kenny Wayne Shepherd as his inspiration.[14]

"A lot of people ask me how do you separate the two, but they've always been a part of my lifestyle. When we were kids we would play hockey before school and then after school till it got too dark and our mom told us to come in, then we would eat, play around on the guitar and write songs," says Lashoff. He is now planning a second album with a different sound, that will be "more groove based and not so poppy."[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team USDP 62 3 8 11 67
2003–04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 5 19 24 97 5 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 44 4 18 22 44 13 0 3 3 18
2005–06 Kitchener Rangers OHL 56 7 40 47 146 5 1 1 2 12
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 7 1 1 2 6 6 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 64 11 25 36 60
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 12 0 2 2 12
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 60 9 27 36 79 9 0 4 4 6
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 18 1 4 5 0
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 33 5 16 21 36
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 12 0 7 7 10
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 68 8 16 24 105
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 0 0 21
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 69 7 21 28 137
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 9 1 4 5 12 8 0 4 4 8
2012–13 ZSC Lions NLA 49 1 9 10 43 12 0 1 1 14
2013–14 Leksands IF SHL 40 0 6 6 58 3 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 23 0 2 2 14
2014–15 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 11 1 3 4 22
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 14 0 0 0 17
2015–16 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 17 0 2 2 28
2015–16 Adler Mannheim DEL 3 0 0 0 4 2 1 0 1 14
2016–17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 19 3 4 7 24
2016–17 SCL Tigers NLA 2 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 74 1 15 16 59

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Rookie Team 2004
CHL Top Prospects Game 2005
AHL
All-Star Game 2007, 2008
All-Rookie Team 2007 [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "2006-07 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. April 4, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "Bruins add veteran punch, '09 second rounder". National Hockey League. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "Maple Leafs acquire Matt Lashoff in trade". Toronto Maple Leafs. August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "There will be no culture shock". tagesanzeiger.ch (in German). August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "Sound Tigers sign Lashoff". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Pirates pick up Lashoff from Sound Tigers". American Hockey League. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Adler Mannheim Stocks Up On 2 OHL Grads With NHL Experience". OHL Alumni Central. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "Toronto Marlies update training camp roster". Toronto Marlies. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Rampage recall Kent Simpson, sign Matt Lashoff". San Antonio Rampage. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Avalanche recall Spencer Martin". San Antonio Rampage. December 23, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Tigers, SCL (February 3, 2017). "Tigers verpflichten Matt Lashoff | SCL Tigers". SCL Tigers (in German). Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Lashoff Realizes Musical Dream". Toronto Maple Leafs. May 18, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Matt Lashoff Takes A Shot 2011 Interview". exclaim.ca. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011.

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