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Matt Beleskey
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Born June 7, 1988 (1988-06-07) (age 31)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Anaheim Ducks
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 112th overall, 2006
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2008–present

Matt Beleskey (born Matthew Beleskey on June 7, 1988 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the [[American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Matt grew up in the small town of Midhurst, Ontario in the Springwater Township. He played his minor hockey for the Barrie Icemen AAA program of the OMHA's Eastern AAA League. After his Bantam season with the Icemen, he played one season with the nearby Collingwood Blues Jr.A. club of the OHA.

Matt was drafted in the 2nd round (21st overall) in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls.

In the 2008 OHL Finals versus the Kitchener Rangers, Belleville was down 3-0 in the series and 4-1 in the game, but on the back of captain Beleskey's four-point night, including the game winner in overtime, he won the game and pushed the series to seven games, before ultimately losing the series.

Matt was selected by the Ducks 112th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and turned professional in 2008 after a four-year junior career with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. He made his NHL debut in the 2008–09 season, appearing in two games with the Ducks but spent most of the season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Iowa Chops.

Matt played in the UK for Coventry Blaze ice hockey team in the Elite Ice Hockey League during the NHL lock-out.

Playing in 65 games during the 2014–15 season, he scored 22 goals to go with 10 assists. He recorded eight goals and an assist during the 2015 playoffs as the Ducks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks during the Western Conference Finals.

On July 1, 2015, Matt signed as a free agent to a five-year $19.8 million contract with the Boston Bruins.

In the 2017–18 season, his third season with the Bruins and continuing to underperform relative to expectations, he was sent to the Bruins' AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins on December 14, 2017.

On February 25, 2018, Matt, Ryan Spooner, Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 seventh-round pick were traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Rick Nash.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03Barrie Icemen OMHA3318143293
2003–04Collingwood BluesOPJHL4681321110
2004–05Belleville BullsOHL68101323118500018
2005–06Belleville BullsOHL61202040119612310
2006–07Belleville BullsOHL66274168124154101418
2007–08Belleville BullsOHL624149901062112213323
2008–09Iowa ChopsAHL5811243558
2008–09Anaheim DucksNHL20000
2009–10San Antonio RampageAHL1214519
2009–10Toronto MarliesAHL31122
2009–10Anaheim Ducks NHL601171835
2010–11Anaheim Ducks NHL3537103661014
2010–11Syracuse Crunch AHL2711132439
2011–12Anaheim DucksNHL704111572
2012–13Coventry BlazeEIHL2612213339
2012–13Anaheim DucksNHL4285135672132
2013–14Anaheim DucksNHL55915246452248
2013–14Norfolk AdmiralsAHL31010
2014–15Anaheim DucksNHL6522103239168192
2015–16Boston BruinsNHL8015223765
2016–17Boston BruinsNHL493584730004
2017–18Boston BruinsNHL1400017
2017–18Providence BruinsAHL2142615
2017–18Hartford Wolf PackAHL1415611
2017–18New York RangersNHL10004
2018–19Hartford Wolf PackAHL535172255
2018–19New York RangersNHL41015
NHL totals 477 76 82 158 440 37 13 4 17 20

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WJC 4th 7 0 1 1 37
Junior totals 7 0 1 1 37
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