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Matt Greene
Mattgreene
Position Defense
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Greener
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
233 lb (106 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
Born May 13 1983 (1983-05-13) (age 33),
Grand Ledge, MI, USA
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2002
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 2005 – present

Matt Greene (born May 13, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings[1] of the National Hockey League. Greene currently serves as an alternate captain for Los Angeles.

Playing careerEdit

Edmonton OilersEdit

Greene was drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his professional career, he played for three seasons with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. In 2004–05, Greene captained the Sioux to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship game, losing to the University of Denver Pioneers 4–1.

Due to his talent, Greene was encouraged to leave college hockey after only three seasons to start a professional career. After a successful training camp with the Oilers prior to the 2005–06 season, Greene signed a pro contract with Edmonton and was assigned to their AHL farm team in Des Moines, the Iowa Stars. He made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on December 30, 2005 versus the Nashville Predators, and scored his first NHL point on January 25, 2006 in Anaheim, assisting on an Ales Hemsky goal.

Wearing sweater number 32 for the first 13 games of his NHL career, Greene changed to sweater number 2 on February 2, 2006 when the Oilers faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Greene was part of the Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Greene had 0 goals and 1 assist in the 2006 Playoffs.

Greene scored his first NHL goal on December 15, 2006 against Minnesota Wild netminder Manny Fernandez. The goal was scored in the third period of the game, bringing the score to 1–1. The Oilers would eventually score 2 more goals, winning 3–1. Local Edmonton broadcaster Gene Principe awarded Greene the game puck during an interview session following the game. Greene also received the second star of the game due to his effort.

Los Angeles KingsEdit

Greene and his Oiler teammate Jarret Stoll were traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 29, 2008, in exchange for Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.[2] On October 8, 2008 he was named as an alternate captain of the Kings.[3] Nine days later, on October 17, Greene signed a five-year contract with the Kings.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 University of North Dakota WCHA 39 0 4 4 135
2003–04 University of North Dakota WCHA 40 1 16 17 86
2004–05 University of North Dakota WCHA 41 2 8 10 126
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 26 2 5 7 47
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 27 0 2 2 43 18 0 1 1 34
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 1 9 10 109
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 0 1 1 53
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 2 12 14 111
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 2 7 9 83 6 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 2 9 11 70 6 0 0 0 14
NHL totals 379 7 40 47 569 30 0 2 2 48

International playEdit

Played for the United States in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 WC 7 0 2 2 6
2008 WC 7 0 0 0 38
2010 WC 6 0 1 1 4
Senior Int'l Totals 20 0 3 3 48

ReferencesEdit

  1. Matt Greene Official Player Page at LAKings.com
  2. Oilers acquire Visnovsky from L.A.; ship Stoll and Greene. TSN.ca (2008-06-29). Retrieved on 2009-03-09.
  3. "Kings Announce Captains", LosAngelesKings.com, 2008-10-08. Retrieved on 2008-10-18. 
  4. Evans, Simon; Ken Ferris. "Kings' Greene signs new five-year deal", Reuters, 2008-10-18. Retrieved on 2008-10-18. 

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