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Matt Bartkowski

Born:June 4, 1988Draft: 2008 Panthers, 190th Overall
Hometown:Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPosition:Defense
Known For:NCAA (CCHA) All-Rookie Team (2009)Shoots:Left
National Team:United StatesCurrent Status:Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2022)

Matt Bartkowski (born June 4, 1988) is an American ice hockey player, currently playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He last played in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild during the 2020-2021 season. Drafted 190th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Bartkowski committed to the Lincoln Stars of the United Stated Hockey League (USHL) for two seasons, earning an All-Rookie Team invitation in his first year and following it up the next season with 41 points and 135 penalty minutes in 60 games.

Making his NHL debut in 2010, Bartkowski earned a six game stint, finishing his first run with the Boston Bruins with no points and a minus-1 rating. Over the next three years, he garnered several brief call-ups with the Bruins while amassing 20-point seasons in the AHL with the Providence Bruins. In the 2013-14 season, Bartkowski earned a full-time role out of training camp and played his first season solely in the NHL, finishing the year with 18 assists in 64 games. He took a step back the following season when he recorded just four assists and a minus-6 rating in 47 games.

Matt Bartkowski
Former Vancouver defenseman Matt Bartkowski. Photo: Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers

Bartkowski signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks for the 2015-16 season, and he registered his first regular-season goal in the NHL, finishing the year with six goals and 18 points. After bouncing back and forth between the NHL and AHL and dealing with injuries during a short stint with the Calgary Flames, Bartkowski joined the Minnesota organization for three seasons, playing primarily for the Iowa Wild in the AHL.

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Achievements

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Stellar Six (PIHL All-Star Team) (2006)
  • USHL First All-Star Team (2008)
  • NCAA (CCHA) All-Rookie Team (2009)

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