| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
205 lb (93 kg)
| NHL Team|
| Buffalo Sabres|
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
|Born|| August 31 1981,|
Welland, ON, CAN
|Pro Career||2003 – present|
Minor league hockeyEdit
Ellis started play in the OHL with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in 1998. He quickly learned the speed and style of the game, as he started producing goals and assists right away. Each year with the Majors saw Ellis improving his point totals, from 18 the first year, onto 35,45, and finishing with 38 goals and 51 assists for 89 total points in his final year with Toronto, helping them with the Central Division title.
The Detroit Red Wings came calling and signed Ellis as a free agent on May 10, 2002. He was sent to play on the Wings' farm team the Toledo Storm in the ECHL where he posted 59 points in the regular season and tacked on eight points in the Storms' short playoff run.
Reaching the AHLEdit
In the following season, Ellis was quickly brought up to the AHL to join the Grand Rapids Griffins and tallied his first AHL point on October 24, 2003 with an assist on the game-winning goal versus the Utah Grizzlies. Ellis again took time to adjust to the faster pace but soon found his place with the team. Each year his point totals went up and in the 2005–06 season, Ellis was named captain; the youngest captain ever in Griffins' history. This gave him the needed confidence to continue his growth as a player, which Ellis summed up when he had this to say about his captaincy:
"It’s definitely a big factor. You can totally tell the difference when there’s a guy out there playing with confidence and when a guy’s unsure of himself. Being a fourth-year pro, it makes a huge difference. Each year, you come in with a little more confidence, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great players and coaches who were there to give me a pat on the back or help me out and keep me motivated."
When asked about the chance to play for the Red Wings, Ellis said:
"I’m hoping. Grand Rapids is a great place to learn and develop, but I’d like to get my feet wet in Detroit – for sure."
Detroit Red WingsEdit
Ellis made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings on December 18, 2006 in a 4–3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Los Angeles KingsEdit
Ellis was claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, 2008. He scored his first goal with the Kings, an empty-net goal, on March 13, 2008 against the Nashville Predators at Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ellis was claimed off of waivers by the Buffalo Sabres on October 1, 2008. He played his first game with the team on October 15 against the New York Rangers. On December 18, 2008 after injuries to forwards on the Sabres, Ellis was recalled for the second time this season.
Matt Ellis re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres inking a one-year contract on July 9, 2009.
Matt Ellis re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres, inking another one-year contract on his birthday - August 31, 2010.
On October 4, 2010 he was placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres, which he cleared.
He currently plays for Buffalo's farm team, the Rochester Americans.
On July 19, 2011, Ellis signed a multi-year contract with the Sabres. 
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 2004–05: Matched a Grand Rapids Griffins record with four shorthanded goals giving him the nickname "shorty"
- 2004–05: First player in Griffins history to score two shorthanded goals in a home game. (March 12, 2005 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs)
- 2005–06: Named youngest captain in Grand Rapids Griffins' history
Career statistics Edit
|1998–99||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||47||10||8||18||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||59||15||20||35||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||68||21||24||45||19||18||4||8||12||6|
|2001–02||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||66||38||51||89||20||15||8||6||14||6|
|2003–04||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||64||5||10||15||23||4||0||0||0||2|
|2004–05||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||79||18||23||41||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||74||20||28||48||61||16||4||1||5||20|
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||65||26||23||49||44||7||4||3||7||4|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||16||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||35||2||4||6||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||19||1||1||2||14||—||—||—||—||—|
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