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Matt Walker
Walker 2012
Walker at the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
Teams St. Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Born April 7 1980 (1980-04-07) (age 37),
Beavelodge, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 83rd overall, 1998
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 2000 – 2012

Matt Walker (born April 7, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey Defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). During his nine NHL seasons he played for the St. Louis BluesChicago BlackhawksTampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the younger brother of former WHL player Darby Walker and cousin of former AHL goaltender Mike Walker.

Playing careerEdit

Walker was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 83rd overall. He spent the first ten years of his professional career with both the Blues and their American Hockey League affiliates, the Worcester IceCats and the Peoria Rivermen. After having played 153 games in the league he finally notched his first NHL goal on February 17, 2008 while the Blues were hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On July 1, 2009, he signed a 4 year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth $1.7 million per season.

On July 19, 2010 Walker was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, along with a 4th round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for forward Simon Gagne.

Walker's three years in Philadelphia were marred by hip and back injuries, playing in only eight games with the Flyers and 44 games with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He missed the entire 2012-13 season due to a back injury, forcing him to retire.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 2 13 15 124 16 0 0 0 21
1998–99 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 1 10 11 151 4 0 1 1 6
1999–00 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 38 2 7 9 97
1999–00 Kootenay Ice WHL 31 4 19 23 53 21 5 13 18 24
2000–01 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 8 1 0 1 70
2000–01 Worcester IceCats AHL 61 4 8 12 131 11 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Worcester IceCats AHL 49 2 11 13 164 3 0 0 0 8
2002–03 Worcester IceCats AHL 40 1 8 9 58
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 0 1 1 38
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 0 1 1 25 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Worcester IceCats AHL 4 0 1 1 7
2004–05 Worcester IceCats AHL 20 2 4 6 44
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 0 2 2 79
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 0 5 5 72
2006–07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 0 1 1 0
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 1 1 2 61
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 13 14 79 17 0 2 2 14
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 2 3 5 90
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 11 0 2 2 8
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 16
2011-12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 33 1 4 5 41
NHL totals 314 4 26 30 464 21 0 2 2 14

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