Matthew Highmore
Born (1996-02-27)February 27, 1996,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing, Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present

Matthew Highmore (born February 27, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently playing with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Highmore was drafted 8th overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.[1] He was awarded alternate captain during the 2014–15 QMJHL season.[2]

Despite his success as an alternate captain in the QMJHL, Highmore was passed over at the NHL Entry Draft twice, the second time being in his last year of eligibility. However, in his last year with the Saint John Sea Dogs, where he led Saint John in assists and points, the Chicago Blackhawks chose to sign him to a three-year NHL contract in March 2017 as an undrafted player.[3][4] In his last year with the Sea Dogs, he was the only player who earned a professional hockey contract without being drafted.[5] At the end of the 2016–17 season, Highmore was named Sea Dogs MVP and was awarded the Pepsi Top Scorer Award for the second year in a row, after netting 34 goals and 89 total points.[6]

Highmore started the 2017–18 season with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. He recorded his first professional hat trick against the Iowa Wild on December 27, 2017.[7] After leading his team in points, Highmore was selected to participate in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic along with teammate Carl Dahlström.[8] On February 24, 2018, Highmore became the first Rockford rookie to score more than 20 goals in their rookie season since Rockford joined the Blackhawks organization in 2007.[9] Highmore was called up to the NHL for the first time on February 26, 2018.[9] He made his NHL debut on March 1, 2018, in a 7–2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.[10] He had two shots on net in under 13 minutes of ice time.[11] Highmore recorded his first NHL goal in a 4–7 loss to the Boston Bruins on March 10, 2018.[12] He was reassigned to the AHL on March 27, 2018, after playing in 13 games and recording 2 points.[13] On April 13, 2018, Highmore was named the IceHogs Rookie of the Year after he was tied for the team lead with 42 points and ranked fourth among rookies in the league in goals.[14] During the last regular season game before the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs, Highmore set a new IceHogs rookie goal record with his 24th goal of the season.[15]

While attending the Blackhawks training camp prior to the 2018–19 season, Highmore was reassigned to the IceHogs on September 26, 2018, to begin the season in the AHL.[16] He was later named an alternate captain for the IceHogs prior to the 2018-19 season.[17] On November 13, Highmore underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder and he was expected to need four to six months to recover.[18] After rehabilitating, Highmore spent the summer training in Halifax with other NHL and AHL players.[19]

He attended the Blackhawks training camp prior to the 2019–20 season but was reassigned to the IceHogs.[20] He was subsequently named an assistant captain alongside Jacob Nilsson and Tyler Sikura.[21] After recording four goals and six assists in 17 games, Highmore was recalled to the NHL on November 26.[22]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Highmore attended Maritime Varsity Academy, a school that focused on athletics, from 2008 to 2010.[23]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 30 4 5 9 26
2013–14 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 68 19 31 50 62
2014–15 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 62 11 13 24 60 5 0 1 1 6
2015–16 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 65 22 53 75 38 17 9 11 20 12
2016–17 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 64 34 55 89 46 18 6 18 24 14
2017–18 Rockford IceHogs AHL 64 24 19 43 24 13 2 7 9 2
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 0 2 0
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 12 3 6 9 6
2019–20 Rockford IceHogs AHL 21 4 8 12 14
2019–20 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 36 2 4 6 6 9 3 1 4 2
NHL totals 49 4 4 8 6 9 3 1 4 2

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada Atlantic U17 8th 5 1 3 4 4
Junior totals 5 1 3 4 4

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dartmouth's Matthew Highmore gunning for Memorial Cup title (May 16, 2017). Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  2. SMALLMAN NAMED NEW SEA DOGS CAPTAIN (September 25, 2015). Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  3. "Blackhawks prospects learning there are countless paths to the NHL", Chicago Sun-Times, July 20, 2017. Retrieved on January 21, 2018. 
  4. Blackhawks sign undrafted free agent forward Matthew Highmore to three-year deal (March 2, 2017). Retrieved on January 21, 2018.
  5. Highmore set to write final chapter of junior career (May 14, 2017). Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  6. HIGHMORE NAMED SEA DOGS MVP (March 20, 2017). Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  7. "Highmore's hat trick sparks IceHogs win", The Journal Standard, December 28, 2017. Retrieved on January 21, 2018. 
  8. Dahlstrom, Highmore Named AHL All-Stars (January 18, 2018). Retrieved on January 23, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 HIGHMORE RECALLED BY BLACKHAWKS (February 26, 2018). Retrieved on February 26, 2018.
  10. Joe Pavelski scores twice in Sharks' rout of Blackhawks (March 2, 2018). Retrieved on March 2, 2018.
  11. Pavelski, Jones power Sharks past Blackhawks (March 2, 2018). Retrieved on March 2, 2018.
  12. Bruins score four in third to defeat Blackhawks (March 10, 2018). Retrieved on March 11, 2018.
  13. Matthew Highmore assigned back to the Rockford IceHogs by the Chicago Blackhawks (March 27, 2018). Retrieved on March 28, 2018.
  14. ROCKFORD ANNOUNCES 2017-18 TEAM AWARDS (April 13, 2018). Retrieved on April 22, 2018.
  15. "IceHogs Quick Shots: Matthew Highmore sets rookie goal record", The Journal Standard, April 17, 2018. Retrieved on April 29, 2018. 
  16. EJDSELL, FORTIN & HIGHMORE ASSIGNED TO ROCKFORD (September 26, 2018). Retrieved on October 1, 2018.
  17. ICEHOGS ANNOUNCE SEASON-OPENING ROSTER (October 5, 2018). Retrieved on November 19, 2018.
  18. ICEHOGS MEDICAL UPDATE: MATTHEW HIGHMORE (November 16, 2018). Retrieved on November 29, 2018.
  19. Big Offseason Sets Stage For Highmore's Return (September 24, 2019). Retrieved on October 1, 2019.
  20. "Finally healthy, AHL-bound Matthew Highmore ready to just play hockey again", Chicago Sun Times, September 25, 2019. Retrieved on October 1, 2019. 
  21. Kris Versteeg Named 2019-20 Team Captain (October 2, 2019). Retrieved on November 22, 2019.
  22. "IceHogs Quick Shots: Matthew Highmore gets call-up to Hawks", Rockford Register Star, November 26, 2019. Retrieved on December 28, 2019. 
  23. MVA Alumni Signs with The Blackhawks! (March 3, 2017). Retrieved on January 24, 2018.

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