Matt Dumba
Born (1994-07-25)July 25, 1994,
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team Minnesota Wild
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.png Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2012
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2013–present

Mathew "Matt" Dumba (born July 25, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wild selected him with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Dumba previously played junior with the Red Deer Rebels and briefly for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Early life[edit | edit source]

Dumba is of Filipino (mother's side) and German/Romanian (father) descent.[1] He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan,[2] and learned to skate at age three.[3] His family later moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he played his minor hockey in Calgary with the Crowchild Minor Hockey Association.[4] Dumba spent the 2009-10 season with the Edge School for Athletes in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.[5] He is also cousin to the one and only Mike Mallory

Playing career[edit | edit source]

The Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) selected Dumba with their first round selection, fourth overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.[6] He made his WHL debut in 2009–10, his 15-year-old season, appearing in six regular season games and two playoff games for the Rebels.[2] Joining the Rebels full-time in 2010–11, Dumba scored 15 goals and 26 points and was a player whom his coach said was noticeable every time he was on the ice. His performance during the season earned Dumba the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL's rookie-of-the-year.[7]

Dumba made his debut with the national team program at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He was named captain of the under-18 national team and led Canada to a gold medal victory.[8] Returning to the Rebels for the 2011–12 WHL season, Dumba scored 20 goals and 57 points in 69 games.[2] He was the youngest player invited to the selection camp for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship, however he failed to make the team.[9] However, he continued to impress scouts and observers with his play. Don Hay was one of several WHL coaches to praise Dumba for his enthusiasm on the ice and hard-checking style: "He's a guy who can do all aspects of the game ... he's a very dynamic player with or without the puck. Yes, he can lay out a good bodycheck, but he can also score the overtime winning goal."[4]

His play in the WHL resulted in Dumba being rated as one of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. NHL Central Scouting ranked him as the 11th best prospect for the draft, while International Scouting Services ranked him 5th overall.[10] The Minnesota Wild selected him in the first round, seventh overall,[11] and quickly signed him to an NHL contract.[12] Dumba was returned to the Rebels to begin the 2012–13 WHL season, in part due to a labour dispute between the NHL and its players. The 18-year-old Dumba participated in his second national junior team camp ahead of the 2013 World Junior Championship, but was among the final cuts and did not make the team.[13] When the NHL's dispute was resolved, the Wild intended to give him a brief look at their training camp. Dumba impressed the team's coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the Wild's opening-night roster,[14] however he was returned to Red Deer four games into the NHL season without having played with the Wild.[15]

Dumba earned a spot in the Wild lineup to start the 2013–14 season and made his NHL debut on October 5, 2013, against the Anaheim Ducks.[16] He scored his first NHL goal on October 12 against Dan Ellis of the Dallas Stars.[17] He recorded only two points in 13 games by December and the Wild loaned Dumba to the Canadian junior team for the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[18] He narrowly avoided a suspension after being ejected from a pre-tournament game for kneeing a Swedish opponent,[19] and recorded one assist in seven tournament games for the fourth-place Canadians.[20] While Dumba was with the national team, the Rebels traded his WHL rights to the Portland Winterhawks and the Wild assigned him to Portland upon his return from the World Junior Championship.[21]

In the 2015-16 season, Dumba had a breakout year, playing every game but one with the Minnesota Wild, seeing career highs in goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes with 10 goals, 16 assists, 26 points and 38 PIMS. The Wild also played an Outdoor game against the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium as part of the NHL Stadium Series. Dumba got the scoring going early as he trailed the play after Ryan Carter had a breakaway, Carter had his shot saved and his rebound saved as well but Dumba poked in the third chance for his ninth goal of the season to give the Wild a 1-0 lead. He later picked up a roughing penalty when he destroyed Andrew Desjardins with a clean hit and Phillip Danault retaliated and tackled Dumba. The Wild went on to beat the Blackhawks 6-1. He played 81 out of the 82 games that season and the only game he missed was because his coach wanted to shake up the lineup for the struggling Wild, so he was named a healthy scratch in a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Post-season, Dumba made his first appearance with Canada's national men's team, playing in all 10 games at the 2016 World Championships where Canada repeated as gold medallists.[22]

On July 28, 2016, he re-signed to a two-year, $5.1M bridge deal with the Wild.[23] After not getting off to a good start for the Wild, new head coach, Bruce Boudreau opted to scratch Dumba on October 20th against Toronto. The plan was foiled however, when Marco Scandella became sick, forcing Dumba into the lineup. Since then, he has been playing alongside All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter on the first defensive pairing and has seen increased responsibilities and ice time. He has averaged 21:48 so far this season alongside Suter.[22]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Red Deer Rebels WHL 6 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 15 11 26 83 9 2 0 2 20
2011–12 Red Deer Rebels WHL 69 20 37 57 67
2012–13 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 16 26 42 80 9 2 2 4 14
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 3 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 13 1 1 2 2
2013–14 Portland Winterhawks WHL 26 8 16 24 37 21 8 10 18 33
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 8 8 16 23 10 2 2 4 2
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 20 5 9 14 6
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 10 16 26 38 6 0 2 2 6
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 11 23 34 59 5 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 228 30 48 78 122 21 2 4 6 10
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2012 Czech Republic
IIHF World Championship
Gold 2016 Russia

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada WJC18 Bronze medal icon.svg 7 5 7 12 20
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 0 1 1 12
2016 Canada WC 1 10 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 14 5 8 13 32
Senior totals 10 1 1 2 2

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year
Western Hockey League
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) 2010–11 [7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Filipino-Romanian picked 7th in NHL draft", ABS-CBN Corporation, 25 June 2012. Retrieved on 26 June 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mathew Dumba player card. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2013-01-20.
  3. Edmonds, Scott. "Red Deer Rebels' Mathew Dumba captains Canada at under-18 world championship", Global News Toronto, 2012-04-13. Retrieved on 2013-01-20. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Potenteau, Doyle (Spring 2012). "Defensive Posture": WHL2–7. 
  6. in Flett, Cory: 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 104. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Morreale, Mike G. (2011-10-27). Top WHL draft prospects coming from the blue line. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2013-01-20.
  8. Ward, Mitch. "Defenceman Dumba impressive at Hlinka Tournament, camp", The Sports Network, 2011-08-18. Retrieved on 2013-01-20. 
  9. "7 players cut from Canada's world junior squad", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2011-12-13. Retrieved on 2013-01-20. 
  10. Hall, Vicki. "Day of destiny", Calgary Herald, 2012-06-20, p. C1. 
  11. Cruickshank, Scott. "Wild night for local Dumba", Calgary Herald, 2012-06-23, p. E1. 
  12. Wild sign teen Matt Dumba, their first round pick. National Hockey League (2012-07-19). Retrieved on 2013-01-20.
  13. Siegel, Jonas. "Dumba among eight players released from team", The Sports Network, 2012-12-14. Retrieved on 2013-01-20. 
  14. Goessling, Ben. "Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba, 18, earns a roster spot, for now", St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2013-01-17. Retrieved on 2013-01-20. 
  15. Korac, Louie. "Wild sending Dumba back to Red Deer", National Hockey League, 2013-01-27. Retrieved on 2013-01-27. 
  16. Matt Dumba player card – notes. Minnesota Wild Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2014-01-07.
  17. "Rookies Fontaine, Dumba lead Wild past Stars, 5-1", ESPN, 2013-10-12. Retrieved on 2014-01-07. 
  18. "Matt Dumba assigned to Canada for world juniors", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2013-12-11. Retrieved on 2014-01-07. 
  19. "Canada's Matt Dumba escapes world junior ban: reports", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2013-12-23. Retrieved on 2014-01-07. 
  20. 2014 – Malmo, Sweden. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2014-01-07.
  21. Odom, Joel. "Mathew Dumba to join Portland Winterhawks", The Oregonian, 2014-01-07. Retrieved on 2014-01-07. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Q&A: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba talks Mighty Ducks, big minutes and Scott Stevens", November 18, 2016. Retrieved on November 21, 2016. 
  23. Wild Agrees To Terms With Matt Dumba On A Two-Year Contract. Minnesota Wild (2016-07-28). Retrieved on 2016-07-28.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Sam Reinhart
Preceded by
Zack Phillips
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Alex Tuch
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