Mat Clark
Born (1990-10-17)October 17, 1990,
Lakewood, Colorado, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Pro clubs Anaheim Ducks
HC Bolzano
Vienna Capitals
NHL Draft 37th overall, 2009
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2010–2019

Mathew Clark (born October 17, 1990) is an American-born Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman. He played in the National Hockey League with the Anaheim Ducks, after he was selected by the Ducks in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

The son of a Canadian father, Mat Clark was born in Lakewood, Colorado, before he moved to Milton, Ontario with his family when he was four.[1] Prior to turning professional, Clark played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Brampton Battalion. After two seasons with the Battalion, and showing potential as a physical defensive defenseman by being selected as the best body checker and defensive defenseman in the Eastern Conference poll he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks on March 31, 2010.[2] He immediately made his professional debut at the end of the 2009–10 season with affiliate, the Manitoba Moose against the Peoria Rivermen on April 10, 2010.

In his rookie professional season with the Ducks in 2010–11, Clark was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. As only one of two, he played in every game with the Crunch to collect 2 goals and 18 points in 80 games. In the following 2011–12 season, on March 31, 2012, Clark received his first NHL recall by Anaheim.[3] He made his NHL debut the following day in the Ducks final home game of the season, a 2-1 defeat against the Edmonton Oilers.[4]

On July 15, 2013, the Anaheim Ducks re-signed Clark to a one-year contract extension.[5]

In his fifth season with the Ducks organization in 2014–15, Clark was recalled from AHL affiliate in the Norfolk Admirals to play at the NHL level for the first time in three seasons on November 9, 2014. Clark endured his longest stretch with the Ducks appearing in 7 games and registering his first NHL point, an assist on a goal to Matt Beleskey, against the Calgary Flames on November 25, 2014.[6] After he was reassigned back to the Admirals, on March 2, 2015, Clark was traded by the Ducks to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Michael Sgarbossa.[7] He was immediately assigned to remain in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters.

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Clark became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Colorado Avalanche made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Clark filed for salary arbitration.[8] He later settled prior to arbitration to a two-way, two-year contract with the Avalanche on July 16, 2015.[9]

At the completion of his contract with the Avalanche, in which he spent exclusively with AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage, Clark left as a free agent. Unable to earn another NHL contract, Clark agreed to his first contract abroad in signing a one-year deal with Italian based club, HCB South Tyrol of the EBEL, on August 4, 2017.[10] In the 2017–18 season, Clark was a staple on the blueline for Bolzano contributing with 5 assists in 25 regular season games. As a shutdown defenseman, he matched his 5 assists in the post-season, helping the Italians win the EBEL in a Game 7 victory over EC Red Bull Salzburg.

Clark at the expiration of his contract with Bolzano, opted to continue in the EBEL, securing a one-year deal with the Vienna Capitals on July 25, 2018.[11]

Following two seasons in Europe in the EBEL, Clark opted to conclude his 9 year professional career, announcing his retirement on May 18, 2019.[12]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Brampton Capitals OPJHL 47 2 7 9 50 8 1 1 2 19
2007–08 Brampton Capitals OPJHL 46 6 11 17 82 8 1 4 5 45
2008–09 Brampton Battalion OHL 63 3 20 23 91 21 0 5 5 37
2009–10 Brampton Battalion OHL 66 7 16 23 88 7 2 4 6 9
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 80 2 14 16 128
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 1 11 12 72 4 1 1 2 11
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 71 1 9 10 79
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 23 0 2 2 37
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 44 1 5 6 60
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 7 0 1 1 6
2014–15 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 21 0 1 1 11
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 60 1 7 8 36
2016–17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 38 1 7 8 29
2017–18 HC Bolzano EBEL 25 0 5 5 4 18 0 5 5 20
2018–19 Vienna Capitals EBEL 50 3 15 18 16 18 0 2 2 10
NHL totals 9 0 1 1 6

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year
EBEL
Champion (HC Bolzano) 2018 [13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mat Clark OHL profile. Ontario Hockey League (2016-05-06). Retrieved on 2016-05-06.
  2. Ducks sign defenseman Mat Clark. Anaheim Ducks (2010-03-31). Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
  3. Ducks recall defenseman Mat Clark. Syracuse Crunch (2012-03-31). Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  4. Oilers beat Ducks in home finale. National Hockey League (2012-04-01). Retrieved on 2012-04-01.
  5. Ducks sign defenseman Clark to One-Year Contract. Anaheim Ducks (2013-07-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  6. Ducks spoil Hiller's return in win against Flames. National Hockey League (2014-11-25). Retrieved on 2014-11-25.
  7. Ducks get Sgarbossa from Avs for Clark. American Hockey League (2015-03-02). Retrieved on 2015-03-02.
  8. Salary Arbitration cases announced. National Hockey League (2015-07-05). Retrieved on 2015-07-05.
  9. Avalanche signs Mikhail Grigorenko, two others. Colorado Avalanche (2015-07-16). Retrieved on 2015-07-16.
  10. Mat Clark replaces William Wrenn (Italian). HCB South Tyrol (2017-08-04). Retrieved on 2017-08-04.
  11. Mat Clark completes Caps squad (German). Vienna Capitals (2018-07-25). Retrieved on 2018-07-25.
  12. Its been a ride!. Instagram (2019-05-18). Retrieved on 2019-05-18.
  13. Bolzano wins EBEL Championship. International Ice Hockey Federation (2018-05-04). Retrieved on 2018-05-04.

External links[edit | edit source]

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.