Matt Ellis
Matt Ellis Sabres
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born August 31 1981 (1981-08-31) (age 38),
Welland, ON, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2003 – present

Matt Ellis (born August 31, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger. Not selected in an NHL Entry Draft, Ellis played in the NHL for the Detroit Red WingsLos Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres.

Professional career Edit

Minor league hockeyEdit

Ellis started play in the OHL with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in 1998. He quickly learned the speed and style of the game, as he started producing goals and assists right away. Each year with the Majors saw Ellis improving his point totals, from 18 the first year, onto 35,45, and finishing with 38 goals and 51 assists for 89 total points in his final year with Toronto, helping them with the Central Division title.

The Detroit Red Wings came calling and signed Ellis as a free agent on May 10, 2002. He was sent to play on the Wings' farm team the Toledo Storm in the ECHL where he posted 59 points in the regular season and tacked on eight points in the Storms' short playoff run.

Reaching the AHLEdit

In the following season, Ellis was quickly brought up to the AHL to join the Grand Rapids Griffins and tallied his first AHL point on October 24, 2003 with an assist on the game-winning goal versus the Utah Grizzlies. Ellis again took time to adjust to the faster pace but soon found his place with the team. Each year his point totals went up and in the 2005–06 season, Ellis was named captain; the youngest captain ever in Griffins' history. This gave him the needed confidence to continue his growth as a player, which Ellis summed up when he had this to say about his captaincy:

"It’s definitely a big factor. You can totally tell the difference when there’s a guy out there playing with confidence and when a guy’s unsure of himself. Being a fourth-year pro, it makes a huge difference. Each year, you come in with a little more confidence, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great players and coaches who were there to give me a pat on the back or help me out and keep me motivated."

When asked about the chance to play for the Red Wings, Ellis said:

"I’m hoping. Grand Rapids is a great place to learn and develop, but I’d like to get my feet wet in Detroit – for sure."

Detroit Red WingsEdit

Ellis made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings on December 18, 2006 in a 4–3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Los Angeles KingsEdit

Ellis was claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, 2008. He scored his first goal with the Kings, an empty-net goal, on March 13, 2008 against the Nashville Predators at Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Buffalo SabresEdit

Shortly before the commencement of the 2008-09 season, on October 1, 2008, Ellis was claimed off of waivers from the Kings by the Buffalo Sabres. He played his first game with the latter on October 15 against the New York Rangers. On December 18, after injuries to several Buffalo forwards, Ellis was recalled from Buffalo's then-AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, for the second time that season. In the subsequent off-season, on July 9, 2009, he resigned with the Sabres on a one-year contract.

On August 31, 2010, Ellis was re-signed to an additional one-year contract with Buffalo. To begin the following 2010-11 season, the Sabres placed Ellis on waivers, which he cleared on October 4, 2010. On July 19, 2011, in the off-season, Ellis signed a multi-year contract extension with the Sabres.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Ellis was again waived and was sent to the AHL's Rochester Americans after six games played with Buffalo. After 12 points in 35 games with the Americans, Ellis opted to remain with the Sabres organization, signing a two-year, two-way contract extension on July 3, 2013.

In the 2014-15 season, Ellis was recalled to the Sabres during the midpoint of the season, and on April 1, 2015, he scored his first goal of the campaign in a Buffalo victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On July 9, 2015, Ellis signed a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans. Ellis announced his retirement at the end of the season. He immediately joined The Academy of Hockey, which like the Sabres and Americans is owned by Terrence Pegula, as a coach.

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • 2004–05: Matched a Grand Rapids Griffins record with four shorthanded goals giving him the nickname "shorty"
  • 2004–05: First player in Griffins history to score two shorthanded goals in a home game. (March 12, 2005 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs)
  • 2005–06: Named youngest captain in Grand Rapids Griffins' history

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99Toronto St. Michael's MajorsOHL47108186
1999–00Toronto St. Michael's MajorsOHL5915203520
2000–01Toronto St. Michael's MajorsOHL68212445191848126
2001–02Toronto St. Michael's MajorsOHL66385189201586146
2002–03Toledo StormECHL712732593473580
2003–04Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL64510152340002
2004–05Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL7918234159
2005–06Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL74202848611641520
2006–07Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL652623494474374
2006–07Detroit Red WingsNHL160006
2007–08Detroit Red WingsNHL3524612
2007–08Los Angeles KingsNHL1911214
2008–09Buffalo SabresNHL45751212
2008–09Portland PiratesAHL122244
2009–10Buffalo SabresNHL72310131231010
2010–11Portland PiratesAHL5210213112111564
2010–11Buffalo SabresNHL14000010000
2011-12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 3 5 8 25
2012-13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Rochester Americans AHL 32 5 6 12 6 3 0 0 0 2
2013-14 Rochester Americans AHL 25 5 5 10 10
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 4 2 6 4
2014-15 Rochester Americans AHL 38 7 6 13 2
2014-15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 39 1 1 2 4
2015-16 Rochester Americans AHL 58 6 6 12 6
NHL totals 201 13 20 33 56 4 1 0 1 0

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