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Matthew Tkachuk
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Born December 11, 1997 (1997-12-11) (age 21)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2016
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2015-–present

Matthew Tkachuk (born on December 11, 1997) is an American ice hockey player who is currently playing with the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round (6th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Major Junior CareerEdit

On May 8, 2015, Matthew gave up his NCAA eligibility when he signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) who had drafted him in the 4th round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

Playing on a line with Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak, he scored 107 points placing him 5th in OHL scoring.

Leading up to the NHL draft, Matthew was ranked the No. 2 North American skater, described as a bona-fide future star for an NHL club that brings elite skills and attributes.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 U.S. National Development Team USHL 33 5 12 17 18
2014–15 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 13 20 33 75
2015–16 London Knights OHL 57 30 77 107 80 18 20 20 40 42
OHL totals 57 307710780 18 20 20 40 42

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States U17 Template:Goca 6 4 3 7 2
2015 United States WJC18 Template:Goca 7 2 10 12 4
2016 United States WJC Template:Brca 7 4 7 11 6
Junior totals 20 10 20 30 12

International PlayEdit

Medal record
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Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold 2015 Switzerland
IIHF World U20 Championship
Bronze 2016 Finland

Matthew helped Team USA win gold at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge held in Nova Scotia, Canada.

He also competed at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships where in seven games he registered 10 assists (tops in the tournament), leading the United States men's national under-18 ice hockey team to a gold medal win.

At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki, Matthew and Auston Matthews each scored 11 points to lead the American team in scoring. After losing in the semifinals, the American team beat Sweden to claim the bronze medal.

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Gold Medal 2014
IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal 2015

Personal LifeEdit

Matthew's father, Keith Tkachuk played 1,201 games in the National Hockey League and is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. His younger brother, Brady Tkachuk, plays with the National Team Development Program.

Matthew was born in Scottsdale during his father's stint with the Phoenix Coyotes and grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri.

He is second cousins to former NHL player Tom Fitzgerald, who grew up with his father. His father has suggested that his family background and name is either "Polish, Russian, [or] Ukrainian."

Keith is also of Canadian descent as his mother Chantal is a native of Winnipeg due to his father's stint with the Winnipeg Jets.