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Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen
Center  - NSH
(MAT KUH-lehn)
Number: 7
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 2, 1976  (Age 38)
Birthplace: Virginia, MN, United States
Hometown: Moorhead, Minn.
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Drafted: ANA / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (35th overall)
CAREER NOTES: Enters 2014-15 having appeared in 1,150 career games since 1997-98, 10th-most among active players… One of two Stanley Cup winners on Nashville’s roster, having claimed it in 2006 with Carolina… Ended the 2013-14 season as the third-oldest player in franchise history.

2013-14:
Posted 35-or-more points for the 11th time in his career, ranking seventh on the team in the category (10g-29a-39pts)… Tied for fourth on the club in assists, and ranked fourth in plus/minus rating (+4)… Ranked sixth in the NHL in face-off efficiency (56.7 percent), the 10th consecutive season he’s won more draws than lost… Nashville posted a 7-0-2 record when he scored… Finished the season with 15 points (4g-11a) in the team’s final 12 games… Recorded his 600th career point with a goal in Nashville’s home finale on April 12 vs. Chicago… Recorded two of Nashville’s five four-point performances on the season, notching a goal and three assists on Nov. 21 at Toronto and March 21 at Calgary.

2012-13: Tied for third on the Minnesota Wild in assists (20), and tied for fourth on the club in points (27)… Paced the Minnesota Wild in plus/minus rating (+9)… Led Wild centermen and ranked 17th in the NHL in face-off percentage (54.7), the ninth consecutive season he’s won more draws than he’s lost… Scored all seven of his goals – and 23 (7g-16a) of his 27 points at even strength... Was a perfect three-for-three in shootouts, notching the shootout-deciding markers on Jan. 30 vs. Chicago and March 9 at Nashville... Became the 37th U.S.-born NHLer and the ninth Minnesotan to reach 200 career goals on March 25 at Dallas… Missed six games in early April due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Paced the Wild in scoring during the team's Western Conference Quarterfinal series against Chicago (3a)... Ranked fourth among all skaters in the postseason in face-off efficiency (59.1 percent).

CAREER NOTES: Ranked fifth on the Wild in goals (12) and points (35), and fourth in assists (21) and power-play goals (4) in 2011-12... Posted a career-high in average ice time (18:56) in 2011-12… Tied for first in shootout attempts (16), fourth in shootout goals (7), and eighth in shootout-deciding goals (3) in 2011-12... Suited up for his 1,000 career NHL game on Jan. 10, 2012 vs. San Jose, becoming the 40th American to reach the milestone… Ranked 12th in the NHL in face-off winning percentage (56.1) in 2010-11, his first season with Minnesota… Tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals (4) in 2010-11… Recorded his 500th career point on March 31, 2011 vs. Edmonton... Notched his 300th career assist On Nov. 5, 2010 vs. Calgary… Posted his most recent of seven 40-point seasons (16g-32a-48pts) in 2009-10 with Ottawa and Carolina… Tied for the Ottawa team lead in goals (3), points (8) and power-play goals (2) during the team's 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Pittsburgh… Led all Senators forwards in average ice time (23:14) and ranked third among all skaters in face-off success rate (min. 50 draws, 65.4 percent) during the 2010 postseason… Ranked fourth on the 2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes in goals (22), his second career 20-goal season... Led the 2008-09 Hurricanes in shooting percentage with a career high (15.8) and tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating (+11)… Helped Carolina advance to the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals by notching six points (3g-3a), including the team’s only shorthanded goal of the postseason, in 18 playoff games… Set a career high in assists (36), and tied personal bests in points (49) and power-play goals (8), in 2007-08 with Carolina despite missing 23 games due to injury… Tied for second on the Canes in assists, third in power-play goals, and fourth in power play assists (15) and points (23 in 2007-08… Ranked 10th in the NHL in face-off winning percentage (minimum 500 attempts, 56.1) in 2007-08... Ranked seventh among NHL forwards in average power-play ice time per game (4:58) in 2007-08... Established career highs in penalty minutes (52) and shots on goal (217) in his lone season with the New York Rangers in 2006-07… Tied for fifth among all NHL skaters in shorthanded points (3g-2a-5pts) in 2006-07… Posted his first of three career seasons with multiple power-play (2), shorthanded (3) and game-winning goals (2) in 2006-07... His lone goal of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs was the series clincher for the Rangers in a four-game sweep of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals... Tied for 14th in the NHL in face-off percentage (54.6) in 2006-07... Helped Carolina win the 2006 Stanley Cup, establishing career highs in goals (25), points (49), power-play goals (8) and game-winning goals (5) during the 2005-06 regular season… Carolina posted a 17-1-4 record when he scored a goal in 2005-06… Tied for fifth in shootout goals in 2005-06, converting six of his nine attempts… Ranked fourth among all skaters during the 2006 postseason in assists (14), while tying for sixth in points (18)... Scored his first two playoff goals in his first two games of the 2006 playoffs, Games One and Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal, then scored the game winner in Game Five of the series... Posted six multi-point efforts during the 2006 postseason, including three assists in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Edmonton, and two helpers in Game Seven of the finals - on the game's opening goal (Aaron Ward) and the championship-clinching goal (Frank Kaberle)... A member of the taxi squad for the U.S. Olympic Team at 2006 Torino Games… Led the Italian League in goals (27) and ranked second in points (60) with Cortina in 2004-05… Led all skaters in points (8g-14a-22pts) during the 2005 Italian League playoffs as Cortina advanced to the league finals… Limited to 56 games due to injury in his lone full season with Florida in 2003-04… Scored all six of his goals, and amassed eight of his 13 assists on home ice in 2003-04… Helped the United States to the bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships, tying for second on the team in points (2g-4a-6pts)... Tied for 10th at the 2004 Worlds in assists... Split the 2002-03 season between Anaheim and Florida… Played for Team USA at the 2003 World Championships on a team that also included Predators Assistant Coach Phil Housley… Let the 2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in assists, and ranked second on the team in points (48) and game-winning goals (4)… Set a career high in games played (82) and recorded his first 40-point season (10g-30a) with Anaheim in 2000-01… Ranked fifth on the 2000-1999 Mighty Ducks in assists and points (13g-26a-39pts)... Played with Predators Radio Color Commentator Stu Grimson with Anaheim during the 2000-1999 and 1998-99 seasons… Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game One of the 1999 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit, and played in all four games of the series... Ranked second on Team USA in points (1g-6a-7pts) and tied for the team lead in assists at the 1999 World Championships... A teammate of a then 18-year-old David Legwand at the 1999 World Championships… Split his rookie professional season between Anaheim and Cincinnati (AHL) in 1997-98, ranking fourth among NHL rookies in assists (21) and tying for eighth in points (27), while also being named to the 1998 AHL All-Star Classic as a member of Team PlanetUSA… Named MVP of the 1998 AHL All-Star Game after scoring two goals… Made his World Championships debut at the 1998 tournament in Switzerland, tying for second on the team in points (2g-1a-3pts)... Played his first professional games as a member of the AHL’s Baltimore Bandits at the end of the 1996-97 season (6gp, 3g-3a-6pts)… Tied for the Baltimore team lead in assists (2) during the 1997 Calder Cup Playoffs.

AMATEUR: Amassed 86 points (27g-59a) in 75 games during two seasons at St. Cloud State University (WCHA) from 1995-97, leading the team in points both seasons... Named to the 1997 WCHA Second All-Star Team and All-WCHA Academic Award winner… Tied the school record for game-winning goals in a season (5) in 1996-97... A 2996 WCHA All-Rookie Team selection… Tied for the Team USA lead in goals (3), and tied for second on the team in points (4) at the 1996 World Junior Championships… A three-time Minnesota All-State selection and three-time Minnesota State Championship All-Tournament Team selection at Moorhead High School from 1993-95… The Associated Press High School Player of the Year and a Mr. Hockey finalist during his senior season in 1994-95, after posting 89 points (47g-42a) in 28 games… Also played football and baseball at Moorhead.

BACKGROUND: Comes from a hockey-playing family: younger brothers Joe and Mark both played four years at Colorado College and now play professionally in Europe, uncle John played 621 NHL games from 1988-99 after a four-year career at Boston University, and great uncles Ray and Brian were NHLers in the 50s and 60s... Nickname: “Cully”… He and his wife Bridget founded Cullen's Children's Foundation in 2003. The Organization's mission is to provide financial resources to organizations that support children's healthcare needs, with an emphasis on cancer… Favorites include The Natural (movie), The Lumineers (band), Zach Galifianakis (actor)… Of any venue, he’d most like to play in a game at Wrigley Field… Of all pieces of equipment, he’s most particular about his skates… Has three sons: Brooks, Wyatt and Joey.

TRANSACTIONS: July 5, 2013 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… July 1, 2010 – Signed as a free agent by Minnesota… Feb. 12, 2010 – Acquired by Ottawa from Carolina for Alexandre Picard and Ottawa's second-round selection in 2010 Entry Draft (traded to Edmonton; Edmonton selected Martin Marincin)… July 17, 2007 – Acquired by Carolina from the New York Rangers for Andrew Hutchinson, Joe Barnes and Carolina's third-round selection in 2008 Entry Draft (Evgeny Grachev)… July 1, 2006 – Signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers… Aug. 5, 2004 – Signed as a free agent by Carolina… Jan. 30, 2003 – Acquired by Florida from Anaheim along with Pavel Trnka and Anaheim's fourth-round selection in 2003 Entry Draft (James Pemberton) for Sandis Ozolinsh and Lance Ward … June 22, 1996 – Anaheim’s second selection (second round, 35th overall) in the 1996 Entry Draft.


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