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Matt Grzelcyk
Matt Grzelcyk
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
176 lb (80 kg)
NHL Team Boston Bruins
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born January 5 1994 (1994-01-05) (age 26),
Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2012
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 2016 – present

Matt Grzelcyk ( /ˈɡrɪzlɪk/ GRIHZ-lihk;[1] born January 5, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Bruins with the 85th overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Grzelcyk played in the 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Middlesex Islanders minor ice hockey team, along with teammates Jon Gillies and Miles Wood.[3]

Grzelcyk attended Belmont Hill School before joining the USNTDP of the USHL, winning a gold medal at the 2012 U18 World Juniors in the Czech Republic. He committed to play for Boston University in the Hockey East Conference of the NCAA.

He was named to the Hockey East All-Freshman team in 2012. He was selected to the preliminary roster for the 2013 World Juniors but did not make the final cut.[4]

He served as captain of the Terriers his junior and senior season.[5] He was named an assistant captain at the 2014 World Juniors but the US did not medal. He scored the overtime winning goal in the 63rd Beanpot that gave BU their 30th title, and was named the tournament MVP.[6] He played 124 games during his four-year career at BU, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 69.[7]

On April 1, 2016, he signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Boston Bruins, starting with the 2016–17 season. He joined Boston's affiliate Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the rest of the 2015–16 campaign.[8]

On December 14, 2016, Grzelcyk made his NHL debut with the Bruins in a 4–3 OT loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[9]

On November 22, 2017, in a game against the New Jersey Devils, Grzelcyk got his first NHL assist on a goal from teammate Jake DeBrusk .[10] On November 24, 2017, Grzelcyk scored his first NHL goal in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[11] During the summer before the 2018-19 season, Grzelcyk signed a two year contract to stay with the Bruins.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Grzelcyk's father, John, and older brother, also named John, work at TD Garden. John Grzelcyk Sr. started working at Boston Garden in 1967 and has stayed with the organization ever since.[13]

Growing up, Grzelcyk lived a block from the Charlestown rink at Edwards Playground. He also grew up with fellow 2012 NHL Entry Draft pick Jimmy Vesey. The two first met when they were around the age of six, playing hockey together for a team named the Middlesex Islanders.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Belmont Hill School USHS 31 2 18 20 30
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 36 1 9 10 28 2 0 0 0 2
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 1 10 11 6
2012–13 Boston University HE 38 3 20 23 26
2013–14 Boston University HE 19 3 8 11 16
2014–15 Boston University HE 41 10 28 38 36
2015–16 Boston University HE 27 10 13 23 36
2016–17 Providence Bruins AHL 70 6 26 32 18 17 0 3 3 8
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 61 3 12 15 22 11 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Providence Bruins AHL 14 0 4 4 14
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 66 3 15 18 68 20 4 4 8 6
NHL totals 129 6 27 33 92 31 4 5 9 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17 Silver medal icon 5 1 5 6 2
2012 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 6 1 0 1 2
2014 United States WJC 5th 5 2 4 6 2
Junior totals 16 4 9 13 6

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit



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