|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
205 lb (93 kg)
Tampa Bay Lightning
|Born||October 22, 1980,|
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|NHL Draft||43rd overall, 2000|
|Pro Career||2001 – present|
Matthew Pettinger (born October 22, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for Kölner Haie of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and the Washington Capitals. Pettinger was raised in Victoria, British Columbia.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Pettinger was drafted in the 2nd round, 43rd overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Before his professional career, Pettinger played a season and half for the University of Denver Pioneers before joining the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) midway through the 1999–00 season.
He spent his first few seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) splitting time between the Washington Capitals and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates, before earning a full-time roster spot with the Capitals in 2003–04. Pettinger played eight games for HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, then recorded a career-high 20 goals, 18 assists and 38 points as NHL play resumed the following season.
On February 26, 2008, at the trade deadline, Pettinger was dealt from the Washington Capitals to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Matt Cooke. Beginning the 2008–09 season back in the AHL with the Canucks' minor league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, Pettinger was claimed on re-entry waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 21, 2008. He completed the season with 15 points in 59 games with the Lightning.
Unable to sign with an NHL team in the 2009 off-season, Pettinger returned to the Manitoba Moose, signing a professional try-out contract on October 14, 2009. Before long, however, injuries to the Vancouver Canucks resulted in him re-signing with his former NHL club on November 2 to a one-year, two-way deal worth the league-minimum $500,000 at the NHL level. Seven games later, he was sent back to the Moose in expectation of forward Daniel Sedin's return from injury after clearing waivers on November 21. On April 6, 2010 Pettinger was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks. After 422 NHL regular seasons games, Pettinger finally made his post-season debut in playing a solitary game with the Canucks in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 15, 2010.
On August 6, 2010, Pettinger left North America and signed a one-year contract with German team Kölner Haie of the DEL.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|1998–99||U. of Denver||WCHA||38||6||14||20||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||U. of Denver||WCHA||19||2||6||8||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HDD Olimpija Ljubljana||SLO||8||2||5||7||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||59||8||7||15||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
International[edit | edit source]
|Junior int'l totals||9||5||0||5||6|
|Senior int'l totals||8||1||0||1||4|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Cooke traded to Washington". Canada.com (2008-02-26). Retrieved on 2008-10-21.
- "Lightning claim Pettinger". TSN (2008-10-21). Retrieved on 2008-10-21.
- "Getting back in groove". Winnipeg Sun (2009-10-28). Retrieved on 2009-11-02.
- "Canucks clear room for Sedin, send Pettinger to AHL". The Sports Network (2009-11-21). Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
- "Moose lose Pettinger to Canucks". Winnipeg Free Press (2010-04-06). Retrieved on 2010-04-06.
- "Samuelsson scores in overtime for Canucks". Yahoo! Sports (2010-04-15). Retrieved on 2010-08-06.
- "NHL player Matt Pettinger strengthens Kölner Haie" (in German). Kölner Haie (2010-08-06). Retrieved on 2010-08-06.
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