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Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin
Number: 52
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 207
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 29, 1987  (Age 28)
Birthplace: Victoria, BC, Canada
Hometown: North Saanich, British Columbia
Acquired: Signed by San Jose as a free agent on March 23, 2010.
2013-14: 2nd amongst Sharks defensemen in shots (147). Set a career high for points (19). Registered two assists on Jan. 25 vs. Minnesota. His assist on Jan. 18 at Tampa Bay set a new career high for points.  Tallied a goal and an assist on Dec. 23 vs. Colorado. Scored his first goal of the season and added an assist on Dec. 17 at St. Louis. Posted his first career NHL fighting major (Roussel) on Oct. 17 at Dallas.  Recorded his first assist of the season on Oct. 5 vs. Phoenix. Playoffs: Made his first appearance of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 6 of the WCFR at Los Angeles on April 28. Netted the lone Sharks goal in Game 7 vs. Los Angeles on April 30, his first career playoff goal.

2012-13: Selected as this year’s PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year”. Tied for the League lead amongst rookie defensemen in power play goals (4) and 3rd in goals (6). Signed a two-year contract extension on April 3.  Had a four-game point streak (3-1=4) from March 12 – 18. Had a threegame goal streak from March 14 - 18, tying the longest in franchise history for a defenseman. Had eight shots on net on March 10 at Colorado, which marked only the 10th time in Sharks history that a defenseman had eight or more shots on net in a game. Scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 26 vs. Colorado (Varlamov). Registered his first career NHL point with an assist vs. Phoenix on Jan. 24. Made NHL debut on Jan. 20 at Calgary, playing 19:06 and was a +1. AHL: Had 15 points (1-14=15) in 35 games for Worcester. Playoffs: 6th on the team in blocked shots (13). Recorded an assist (his first career NHL Playoff point) on the gamewinning goal in Game 3 of the WCQF vs. Vancouver on May 5. Made NHL Playoff debut in Game 1 of the WCQF at Vancouver on May 1. 2011-12: Finished 1st amongst AHL defensemen with nine power play goals and 209 shots. Amongst AHL defensemen, he was T-9th in points and goals. Represented the Sharks at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City. Finished 2nd on the team in points (42) and first with 24 power play points (9-15=24). Spent Dec. 11 – 16 with San Jose and did not dress in three games.

2010-11: Second amongst team defensemen in goals and points. T- 8th amongst AHL rookie defensemen in points. Recorded 16 power play points and his six power play goals were T-2nd on team. Promoted to San Jose on Feb. 18, but didn’t play. Had a four-game point streak (two goals and three assists) snapped on Dec. 18. Scored first professional goal vs. Rochester on Oct. 29 (Tyler Plante).  Recorded his first professional point (assist) at Norfolk on Oct. 16.

2009-10: AHL: Appeared in three regular season contests and one playoff game for Worcester. NCAA: Second amongst team defenseman in points.

2008-09: Finished the season with a goal in all three of the Hockey East Quarterfinal games. Scored his first collegiate goal against Boston University on Nov. 14. Eight PIM was the fewest for any UMass defenseman.

2007-08: Led Nanaimo (BCHL) to their fourth consecutive Chevrolet Cup. Named to the BCHL All- Star Game and was honored as the Top Defenseman for the Coastal Conference forthe second year in a row, the Top Defenseman for the team and the Top Community Minded Player.

2006-07: Named to the BCHL All-Star Team and was awarded the Best Two-Way Player for Nanaimo.

2005-06: Named the team’s Most Improved Player.

PERSONAL: “Matty” lists these favorites: Steak (food); Visiting his cabin (offseason activity); Baseball (sport other than hockey); Dumb and Dumber (movie); Modern Family (TV Show); Eric Church (musician); Puerto Vallarta (vacation spot); The Keg (restaurant); Trevor Linden (hockey idol); Sweeping Canucks in 2013 WQF’s (hockey moment); Vancouver (road city); Chicago Blackhawks (non-Sharks jersey). Has a hidden talent of being an excellent billiards player. His first job was as a berry picker. If he was not a professional hockey player he would like to be a grocer. Says Jim Carrey would be the actor to play a movie about his life. Can’t live without his phone. If faced with the situation of fighting one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, he would want to fight one horse-sized duck. His mom and dad were the biggest influences on his hockey career. Thinks that Pavel Datsyuk is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL. Thinks that Al Stalock could have his own TV show called “Random Facts with Al”. In his hometown of Brentwood Bay, BC he likes to hang out at Horn Lake.




1 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


J. Thornton 82 19 63 25 82
J. Pavelski 82 38 40 25 78
B. Burns 82 27 48 -5 75
P. Marleau 82 25 23 -22 48
T. Hertl 81 21 25 16 46
J. Ward 79 21 22 -15 43
M. Vlasic 67 8 31 15 39
L. Couture 52 15 21 2 36
J. Donskoi 76 11 25 4 36
J. Braun 80 4 19 11 23
M. Jones 37 23 4 .918 2.27
A. Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94
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