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Michael Matheson (born February 27, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Matheson was drafted by the Panthers in the first round, 23rd overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Mike Matheson
Born (1994-02-27) February 27, 1994 (age 25)
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Florida Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2012
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2015–present

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Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Matheson played in the 2006 and 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from West Island.[1] He began his junior career in the Quebec Midget AAA league playing with the Lac St. Louis Lions from 2009 to 2011.[2] Matheson then left to join the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he led all defenceman in scoring in 2011–12. He then committed to play for Boston College of the NCAA starting in 2012–13. He cited his motivation for leaving his native Quebec was the ability to develop better as a player in the USHL and in the NCAA.[3] Following his freshman year at Boston College, Matheson was named to Hockey East's All-Rookie Team.[4] For his sophomore campaign, Matheson earned All-First Team honours in the Hockey East conference[5] as well as All-Second Team East Honors in the NCAA as determined by the AHCA.[6]

Matheson decided on April 30 to remain at Boston College for the 2014–15 season amid rumours of him leaving school to sign with the NHL team that drafted him, the Florida Panthers.[7] On May 8, he was named team captain for the 2014–15 season. At the conclusion of the 2014–15 season, Matheson signed an entry-level contract with the Panthers, forgoing his senior year of NCAA eligibility, and was sent to play with the Panthers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.[8]

Matheson made his NHL debut on March 23, 2016, in a 3–1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.[9] He recorded his first career NHL goal the following season on October 18, 2016, against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[10]

On October 7, 2017, the Panthers signed Matheson to an eight-year, $39 million contract extension worth $4.875 million annually.[11][12] On October 13, 2018, during a game against Vancouver Canucks, Matheson hit Canucks forward Elias Pettersson, resulting in Pettersson leaving the game with a head injury.[13] While Matheson was not penalized for the play on the ice, the NHL Department of Player Safety believed that Matheson had an intent to injure, resulting in him being suspended two games and fined $52,419.36.[14] Following the incident, Matheson said, "I know deep down there was no frustration in me when that play happened and there was no intent to injure on my part;" he apologized to Pettersson via text.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Matheson met his fiancé Emily Pfalzer, an American professional hockey player, while playing at Boston College. The two became engaged in the summer of 2018.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Lac Saint-Louis Lions QMAAA 30 5 6 11 33 17 6 7 13 10
2010–11 Lac Saint-Louis Lions QMAAA 35 14 24 38 72 15 7 18 25 16
2011–12 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 53 11 16 27 84 5 4 1 5 4
2012–13 Boston College HE 36 8 17 25 78
2013–14 Boston College HE 38 3 18 21 49
2014–15 Boston College HE 38 3 22 25 26
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 5 0 2 2 8
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 54 8 12 20 30 3 0 1 1 2
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 81 7 10 17 36
2017–18 Florida Panthers NHL 81 10 17 27 61
2018–19 Florida Panthers NHL 75 8 19 27 44
NHL totals 240 25 46 71 143 5 0 1 1 0
Medal record
Representing   Canada
ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
  2016 Russia
  2017 Germany/France

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Quebec U17 4th 6 2 6 8 10
2011 Canada IH18   5 0 0 0 2
2016 Canada WC   10 2 4 6 0
2017 Canada WC   10 1 6 7 10
Junior totals 11 2 6 8 12
Senior totals 20 3 10 13 10

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mike Matheson, Hockey's Future". Hockey's Future. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Odebralski, Glenn (June 22, 2012). "Adding To The Blueline With Matheson". Florida Panthers. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Hockey East announces 2013 All-Rookie Team". Hockey East. March 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "league announces All-Star Team". Hockey East. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Six hockey east players selected as All-Americans". Hockey East. April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Dilks, Chris. "Michael Matheson Returning to Boston College". SB Nation. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Panthers agree to terms with Michael Matheson". Florida Panthers. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  9. ^ Leitner, Jim (March 23, 2016). "Matheson's NHL debut a whirlwind". ushl.com. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Point scores shootout winner, Lightning beat Panthers 4-3". cbssports.com. October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  11. ^ @TSNBobMcKenzie (October 7, 2017). "AAV of $4.875M on an eight-year, $39M contract. Done deal" (Tweet). Retrieved October 10, 2017 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ McLaren, Ian (October 9, 2017). "Panthers announce 8-year extension for Mike Matheson". TheScore.com. The Score. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "Canucks' Elias Pettersson out 7-10 days with concussion". TSN.ca. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Matheson suspended two games for actions in Panthers game". NHL.com. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Michael Matheson says 'it wasn't my intent' to injure Elias Pettersson". sportsnet.ca. October 17, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Cowan, Stu (September 19, 2018). "Stu Cowan: Road to NHL started with ringette for Panthers' Mike Matheson". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Laine lands MVP". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved October 15, 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jonathan Huberdeau
Florida Panthers' first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Aleksander Barkov