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Matthias Plachta
Born 16 May 1991 (1991-05-16) (age 30)
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Adler Mannheim
Springfield Falcons
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
National team Template:Country data GER
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present

Matthias Plachta (born May 16, 1991) is a German professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Playing Career[]

Matthias played for Schwenningen and Mannheim as a junior and made his debut in Germany's second division for Heilbronn during the 2008–09 season. The following season, he logged first minutes in Germany's top-flight Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) with Adler Mannheim.

After six seasons in the DEL, including winning the title with Mannheim in 2015, and having secured a role in the German national team, he was signed to a one-year entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL on May 28, 2015.

In his debut North American season in 2015–16, Matthias was assigned to Arizona's AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.

In 46 games with the Falcons, he compiled 2 goals and 7 points before he was traded by the Coyotes on trade deadline day along with a conditional 7th round draft pick in 2017 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Sergei Plotnikov on 29 February 2016.

Matthias played for a total of 30 contests for Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins during the season.

Having not been given the opportunity to play in the NHL during the season, and with Pittsburgh opting not to extend a qualifying offer, he returned to Germany, returning to Adler Mannheim on June 30, 2016 with the signing of a four-year deal.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Heilbronner Falken 2.GBun 10 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Heilbronner Falken 2.GBun 43 6 8 14 59 6 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Adler Mannheim DEL 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Adler Mannheim DEL 45 7 7 14 8 6 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Heilbronner Falken 2.GBun 4 1 2 3 4
2011–12 Adler Mannheim DEL 49 4 3 7 32 14 0 1 1 6
2012–13 Adler Mannheim DEL 42 12 10 22 14 6 2 2 4 2
2013–14 Adler Mannheim DEL 45 4 8 12 38 3 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Adler Mannheim DEL 47 14 21 35 73 15 5 4 9 6
2015–16 Springfield Falcons AHL 46 2 5 7 16
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 20 2 5 7 22 10 1 1 2 19
2016–17 Adler Mannheim DEL 35 14 15 29 24 7 6 1 7 12
2017–18 Adler Mannheim DEL 52 12 21 33 56 9 2 3 5 31
2018–19 Adler Mannheim DEL 40 16 16 32 18 14 5 7 12 10
DEL totals 358 83 101 184 263 74 20 18 38 71

International[]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Germany U17 9th 5 2 0 2 6
2009 Germany WJC18 10th 6 3 2 5 6
2010 Germany WJC-D1 11th 5 2 5 7 4
2011 Germany WJC 10th 6 1 1 2 16
2014 Germany WC 14th 6 1 0 1 0
2015 Germany WC 10th 7 2 0 2 0
2017 Germany WC 8th 8 1 0 1 2
2018 Germany OG Template:Sica 7 1 1 2 4
2018 Germany WC 11th 7 0 5 5 4
2019 Germany WC 6th 8 2 3 5 0
Junior totals 22 8 8 16 32
Senior totals 43 7 9 16 10

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for Template:GER
Ice hockey

Template:MedalOlympic

Silver 2018 Pyeongchang

Matthias represented Germany at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Accolades[]

Award Year
DEL
Champion (Adler Mannheim) 2015, 2019

Personal Life[]

Matthias is the son of Jacek Płachta, a former German-Polish-Silesian player and former coach of the Poland men's national ice hockey team.

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