Matt Cullen

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Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen.jpg
Born(1976-11-02) November 2, 1976 (age 37)
Virginia, MN, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionCenter
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
National team United States
NHL Draft35th overall, 1996
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career1997–present
 
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Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen.jpg
Born(1976-11-02) November 2, 1976 (age 37)
Virginia, MN, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionCenter
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
National team United States
NHL Draft35th overall, 1996
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career1997–present

Matthew David Cullen (born November 2, 1976) is a professional ice hockey center of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cullen was born in Virginia, Minnesota, but grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Playing career[edit]

Cullen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995. His father Terry Cullen was the high school hockey coach. He played for the St. Cloud State Huskies from 1995–1997 and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 1995 and WCHA All-Star in 1996. He was drafted 35th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Cullen won his first Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. After the 2006 season, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Rangers. After just one season with the Rangers, Cullen was traded back to Carolina during the 2006–2007 off season in exchange for defenceman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, in an attempt to free up salary.

During the NHL lockout of 2004–05, Cullen led the Italian league in scoring while playing for Cortina, finishing with 27 goals and 33 assists in 36 games.

On February 22, 2009, Cullen scored the first hat trick of his career in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 12, 2010, Cullen was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick

On July 1, 2010, Cullen returned to his home state when he signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild.[1]

Upon expiration of his three-year deal with the Wild, and with the team facing cap constraints, Cullen left as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2013.[2]

Personal[edit]

He is the older brother of EC Red Bull Salzburg player Mark Cullen, and of Braehead Clan player Joe Cullen. He has a wife and three sons.

Cullen is a Christian.[3]

Matt currently resides in Moorhead, Minnesota in the off season with his family.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1995–96St. Cloud StateWCHA3912294128
1996–97St. Cloud StateWCHA3615304570
1996–97Baltimore BanditsAHL6336730220
1997–98Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL181512272
1997–98Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL616212723
1998–99Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL31238
1998–99Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL751114254740000
1999–00Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL8013263924
2000–01Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL8210304038
2001–02Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL7918304824
2002–03Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL507142112
2002–03Florida PanthersNHL30661222
2003–04Florida PanthersNHL566131924
2004–05SG CortinaITL3627336064
2005–06Carolina HurricanesNHL7825244940254141812
2006–07New York RangersNHL8016254150101346
2007–08Carolina HurricanesNHL5913364932
2008–09Carolina HurricanesNHL69222143201833614
2009–10Carolina HurricanesNHL6012284026
2009–10Ottawa SenatorsNHL21448863580
2010–11Minnesota WildNHL7812273934
2011–12Minnesota WildNHL7314213524
2012–13Minnesota WildNHL42720271050332
2013–14Nashville PredatorsNHL7710293932
NHL totals11502123896014926811283934

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze2004 Prague
YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
1996United StatesWJC5th63140
1998United StatesWC12th62130
1999United StatesWC6th61674
2003United StatesWC13th61122
2004United StatesWCBronze medal icon.svg92464
Junior totals63140
Senior totals276121810

Awards and honours[edit]

AwardYear
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team1996
All-WCHA Second Team1997
NHL
Stanley Cup2006

See also[edit]

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