Matt White (ice hockey)

Matt White (born August 23, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing under contract with Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Matt White
Born (1989-08-23) August 23, 1989 (age 31)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing/Left Wing
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Eisbären Berlin
HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
Milwaukee Admirals
Augsburger Panther
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Dinamo Riga
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

In 2007 the native Californian began his junior career playing for the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League (USHL). In the 2009–10 USHL season he was named the Player of the year as well as the most successful goal scorer in the league.[1]

He went on to play NCAA hockey for the Omaha Mavericks from 2010 to 2013.

In 2013–14 season White played in the ECHL for the Ontario Reign. During his professional rookie season he earned with 57 points the most successful player from his team.

Within the same period White also played for the U. S. National Inline Team at the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship. He won a gold medal 2013 and a bronze medal 2014 and was named the most successful goal scorer in the 2014 tournament.

In 2014 he began playing for the Austrian Hockey League in the team of Ljubljana. After 11 games in Europe he again played for his previous ECHL-team Ontario Reign.[2]

He began the 2015–16 season in the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs, on December 2, 2015, he was promoted to the American Hockey League (AHL) from the Milwaukee Admirals. He continued to play for the Admirals one more season.[3]

In the 2017–18 season White returned to Europe and signed a contract with the Augsburger Panther, a team of Germanys highest level hockey league Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). During his first DEL season he ranked as one of the top 10 scorers of the entire league.[4]

After two seasons with the Augsburg in the DEL, White left as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with Russian club, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL, on June 2, 2019.[5] In the following 2019–20 season, White adapted quickly to KHL play positing 15 goals and 34 points in 60 games to lead Neftekhimik in scoring.

At the conclusion of his contract with Neftekhimik, White left as a free agent to continue in the KHL with Latvian based club, Dinamo Riga, on August 6, 2020.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Omaha Lancers USHL 38 5 11 16 21 13 2 8 10 2
2008–09 Omaha Lancers USHL 60 17 30 47 28 3 1 2 3 0
2009–10 Omaha Lancers USHL 57 35 47 82 53 8 4 7 11 6
2010–11 Omaha Mavericks WCHA 39 14 11 25 10
2011–12 Omaha Mavericks WCHA 38 17 23 40 14
2012–13 Omaha Mavericks WCHA 37 16 18 34 8
2013–14 Ontario Reign ECHL 71 22 35 57 8 4 0 1 1 0
2014–15 HDD Olimpija Ljubljana EBEL 11 2 4 6 8
2014–15 Ontario Reign ECHL 68 28 32 60 8 19 10 8 18 8
2015–16 Manchester Monarchs ECHL 19 10 12 22 6
2015–16 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 54 12 15 27 10 3 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 71 15 26 41 16 3 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Augsburger Panther DEL 52 16 26 42 18
2018–19 Augsburger Panther DEL 50 22 27 49 28 14 4 5 9 6
2019–20 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 60 15 19 34 8 4 0 0 0 2
2020–21 Dinamo Riga KHL 16 0 5 5 4
AHL totals 125 27 41 68 26 6 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 76 15 24 39 12 4 0 0 0 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
USHL
USHL-Champion (Omaha Lancers) 2007–08
USHL Player of the Year 2009–10
Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award 2009–10
USHL All-Star Team 2009–10
College
WCHA All-Academic Team 2010–11
ECHL
ECHL Player of the Week 2014–15 [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Matt White named USHL Player of the Year". hockeysfuture.com. April 20, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Reign's White happy to be home". carubberhockey.com. October 1, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fifteen with Matt White". admiralsroundtable.com. April 18, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Panther halten auch Matt White" (in German). Augsburger Panther. March 30, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Neftekhimik sign contract with Matt White". HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Matt White joins Dinamo Riga" (in Latvian). Dinamo Riga. August 6, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "White named Sher-Wood hockey ECHL Player of the Week". ECHL. April 7, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2018.

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