Matt Walker (ice hockey)

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Matt Walker
Mattwalker lightning2010.JPG
Walker with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010.
Born(1980-04-07) April 7, 1980 (age 34)
Beaverlodge, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forSt. Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft83rd overall, 1998
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2000–2012
 
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Matt Walker
Mattwalker lightning2010.JPG
Walker with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010.
Born(1980-04-07) April 7, 1980 (age 34)
Beaverlodge, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forSt. Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft83rd overall, 1998
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2000–2012

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 Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the younger brother of former WHL player Darby Walker and cousin of former AHL goaltender Mike Walker.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

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 four-year, $6.8 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1997–98Portland Winter HawksWHL64213151241600021
1998–99Portland Winter HawksWHL641101115140116
1999–00Portland Winter HawksWHL3827997
1999–00Kootenay IceWHL314192353215131824
2000–01Peoria RivermenECHL810170
2000–01Worcester IceCatsAHL614812131110006
2001–02Worcester IceCatsAHL492111316430008
2002–03Worcester IceCatsAHL4018958
2002–03St. Louis BluesNHL1601138
2003–04St. Louis BluesNHL140112540000
2003–04Worcester IceCatsAHL40117
2004–05Worcester IceCatsAHL2024644
2005–06St. Louis BluesNHL5402279
2006–07St. Louis BluesNHL4805572
2006–07Peoria RivermenAHL20110
2007–08St. Louis BluesNHL4311261
2008–09Chicago BlackhawksNHL6511314791702214
2009–10Tampa Bay LightningNHL6623590
2010–11Philadelphia FlyersNHL40004
2010–11Adirondack PhantomsAHL110228
2011–12Philadelphia FlyersNHL400016
2011–12Adirondack PhantomsAHL3314541
NHL totals314426304642102214

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