Matt Koalska
Position Center
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams NHL
 New York Islanders
 Bridgeport Sound Tigers
 Hershey Bears
 Binghamton Senators
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born May 16 1980 (1980-05-16) (age 40),
St. Paul, MN, U.S.
NHL Draft 154th overall, 2000
Nashville Predators
Pro Career 2004 – 2007

Matt Koalska (born May 16, 1980) is a retired American professional ice hockey center. He was drafted in the fifth round, 154th overall, by the Nashville Predators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Koalska played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota from 2000–2004 winning two National Championships.

Koalska made his professional debut with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League in the 2004–05 season. He appeared in three NHL games with the New York Islanders in the 2005–06 season, going scoreless. On January 5, 2007, the Islanders traded Koalska to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenceman Tomas Malec. Koalska finished the season with the Senators' AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators before signing in the off-season with HC Bolazno in the Italian Elite League. However, Koalska did not play with Bolazno, having to retire due to a heart condition. He returned to University of Minnesota to complete his degree.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
1999–00 Twin City Vulcans USHL 5724345819 1355104
2000–01 U. of Minnesota NCAA 4210142436
2001–02 U. of Minnesota NCAA 4410233334
2002–03 U. of Minnesota NCAA 419314026
2003–04 U. of Minnesota NCAA 4413263944
2004–05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 60781522
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7519304982 72130
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 30002
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 30000
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 113254
2006–07 Binghamton Senators AHL 37561122

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