Matt Koalska
Position Center
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams NHL
 New York Islanders
AHL
 Bridgeport Sound Tigers
 Hershey Bears
 Binghamton Senators
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1980-05-16)May 16, 1980,
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 career[edit | edit source]

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 statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Twin City Vulcans USHL 57 24 34 58 19 13 5 5 10 4
2000–01 U. of Minnesota NCAA 42 10 14 24 36
2001–02 U. of Minnesota NCAA 44 10 23 33 34
2002–03 U. of Minnesota NCAA 41 9 31 40 26
2003–04 U. of Minnesota NCAA 44 13 26 39 44
2004–05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 60 7 8 15 22
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 75 19 30 49 82 7 2 1 3 0
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 11 3 2 5 4
2006–07 Binghamton Senators AHL 37 5 6 11 22


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