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Matthew Thomas Tennyson (born April 23, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays under contract to the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Matt Tennyson
Born (1990-04-23) April 23, 1990 (age 29)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
Carolina Hurricanes
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

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Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Tennyson attended the Western Michigan University where he played three seasons of NCAA Division I college hockey with the Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team. On March 30, 2012, Tennyson signed a two-year entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.[1] He immediately turned professional to join the Worcester Sharks for the final games of their 2011–12 AHL season.[2]

Tennyson was the first player from the San Jose Junior Sharks youth hockey program to play in the NHL, let alone with the Sharks.[3]

On July 3, 2016, Tennyson signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.[4] Beginning the 2016–17 season with AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, Tennyson was recalled after recording 7 points in 9 games to remain with the Hurricanes for the remainder of the season. He appeared in a career best 45 games, collecting 6 assists.

On July 1, 2017, Tennyson was on the move as a free agent, agreeing to a two-year contract with the final year on a one-way basis with the Buffalo Sabres.[5] On November 30, the Sabres placed Tennyson on waivers after 14 scoreless games with the club.[6] He went unclaimed and was re-assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

On July 1, 2019, Tennyson left the Sabres as a free agent to sign a two-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Texas Tornado NAHL 58 4 10 14 80 3 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 57 4 6 10 51 5 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Western Michigan University CCHA 34 2 7 9 30
2010–11 Western Michigan University CCHA 42 9 12 21 38
2011–12 Western Michigan University CCHA 41 11 13 24 28
2011–12 Worcester Sharks AHL 7 1 1 2 0
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 60 5 22 27 44
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Worcester Sharks AHL 54 7 14 21 33
2014–15 Worcester Sharks AHL 43 4 11 15 30 4 0 0 0 0
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 2 6 8 16
2015–16 San Jose Sharks NHL 29 1 3 4 0
2015–16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 9 3 4 7 5
2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 45 0 6 6 6
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 0 0 0 8
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 50 3 8 11 40 3 0 0 0 6
2018–19 Rochester Americans AHL 47 4 17 21 42 3 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 124 3 17 20 32

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sharks sign Bay Area Native Matt Tennyson". San Jose Sharks. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  2. ^ "Worcester Sharks sign Matt Tennyson to ATO". Worcester Sharks. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  3. ^ "Former Jr. Sharks player debuts with NHL Sharks". San Jose Jr Sharks. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  4. ^ "Canes agree to terms with Matt Tennyson". Carolina Hurricanes. 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  5. ^ "Sabres ink Tennyson to two-year deal". Buffalo Sabres. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  6. ^ LaBarber, Jourdon (November 30, 2017). "Bogosian inches closer to return following physical practice". National Hockey League. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Devils sign defenseman Matt Tennyson". New Jersey Devils. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sharks sign Bay Area native Tennyson to entry level deal". San Jose Sharks. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-03-09.

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