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Matthew Peca
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Born April 27 1993 (1993-04-27) (age 26),
Petawawa, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 201st overall, 2011
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2015–present

Matthew Peca (born April 27, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently under contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four years at Quinnipiac University, he made his NHL debut during the 2016–17 season. As a free agent, Peca signed with the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, 2018.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Prior to turning professional, Peca played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the Central Canada Hockey League. In the offseason before the 2011–12 season, he was claimed off waivers by the Kitchener Rangers but never played for them due to his commitment to Quinnipiac University.[1]

Quinnipiac UniversityEdit

Peca attended Quinnipiac University for four years, where he played four seasons with the Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team which competes in NCAA's Division I in the ECAC Hockey conference. He was recognized for his outstanding play with the Bobcats when he was named as a freshman to the 2011–12 ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team,[2] and in his final season was named to the 2014–15 All-ECAC Hockey First Team and team co-captain.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

After graduation, Peca signed an amateur try out with the Tampa Bay Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch[4] before signing a two year entry level contract with the Lightning on April 1, 2015.[5]

On December 27, 2016, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Peca would be called up to the NHL roster.[6] On December 28, Peca made his NHL debut in a 4–3 Lightning overtime win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.[7][8] On December 31, Peca recorded his first career NHL point, which was an assist on a goal by Alexander Killorn.[9] On January 3, 2017, Peca scored his first NHL goal against Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, making him the first Quinnipiac Bobcat to score a goal in the NHL.[10]

On July 5, 2017, Peca signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning.[11] On January 4, 2018, Peca was named to the 2018 AHL All-Star game.[12]

As a free agent, Peca signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, 2018.[13]

On 8 November 2018, Peca scored his first goal for Montreal in a 5-6 overtime defeat against the Buffalo Sabres.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Pembroke Lumber Kings CJHL 60 21 26 47 10 15 3 3 6 6
2010–11 Pembroke Lumber Kings CCHL 50 26 46 72 14 14 11 10 21 6
2011–12 Quinnipiac University ECAC 39 8 31 39 12
2012–13 Quinnipiac University ECAC 39 15 15 30 36
2013–14 Quinnipiac University ECAC 40 12 26 38 16
2014–15 Quinnipiac University ECAC 39 7 29 36 27
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 8 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Syracuse Crunch AHL 65 8 35 43 10
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 68 12 29 41 14 22 4 10 14 4
2016–17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 10 1 1 2 2
2017–18 Syracuse Crunch AHL 63 13 33 46 18 6 3 6 9 2
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 10 2 3 5 0
2018–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 3 7 10 4
NHL totals 59 6 11 17 6

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
College
ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team 2011–12 [15]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2014–15 [16]
AHL
AHL All-Star game 2018 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rangers claim Peca (August 12, 2011). Retrieved on September 10, 2018.
  2. Quinnipiac Ice Hockey's Matthew Peca Featured In Tampa Bay Lightning's Prospect Report. Retrieved on September 10, 2018.
  3. Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Lands Five On All-ECAC Hockey Teams. Retrieved on September 10, 2018.
  4. #AHLOTB: MATTHEW PECA MAKING A NAME IN SYR (December 25, 2015). Retrieved on September 10, 2018.
  5. Matthew Peca Signs with Tampa Bay (1 April 2015).
  6. Former Bobcat Captain Matthew Peca Recalled By NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. Quinnipiac University.
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  8. Erlendsson, Erik (December 28, 2016). Lightning find right injection to serve as remedy in comeback victory. Lightning Insider.com. Retrieved on December 29, 2016.
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  10. Smith, Joe (January 3, 2017). Lightning falls at home to Jets. Tampa Bay Timess. Retrieved on January 3, 2017.
  11. Lightning re-sign Matthew Peca to one-year contract. National Hockey League (July 5, 2017).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Matthew Peca named 2018 AHL All-Star. Syracuse Crunch (January 4, 2018).
  13. Canadiens agree to terms with Matthew Peca (July 1, 2018). Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  14. Habs show moxie by battling back all night, but fall 6-5 in OT to Sabres (9 November 2018). Retrieved on 11 November 2018.
  15. Lightning Prospect Spotlight: Matthew Peca. National Hockey League.
  16. League Announces Postseason Awards. ECAC Hockey (2015-03-20). Retrieved on 2015-06-04.

External links Edit


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