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Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
Vancouver Canucks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 7 1978 (1978-09-07) (age 31),
Stirling, ON
NHL Draft 144th overall, 1997
Vancouver Canucks
Pro Career 1998 – present
Cooke during a 2007–08 pre-game warm-up.

Matt Cooke (born September 7, 1978, in Stirling, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. His playing style has made him effective as a "pest" and he is therefore known for his ability to aggravate opponents to his team's advantage.

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Playing career

Cooke played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons predominantly with the Windsor Spitfires prior to playing professionally. Recording an impressive 95-point (10th overall in the league), 146-penalty-minute campaign in his second OHL season, he was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Returning to the OHL for a third season after being drafted, he was traded from Windsor to Kingston on December 17, 1997, in exchange for Brent L'Heureux. Cooke would finish the season and his OHL career with Kingston.

Cooke with the Vancouver Canucks in 2007.

Splitting the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons between the Canucks and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Cooke would play for the Canucks full-time in 2000-01.

Typically playing in the role of a checking winger, Cooke recorded a career-high 42 points in 2002–03 and earned the Fred J. Hume Award as the team's unsung hero. Continuing to show offensive capabilities, after returning from an injury in 2003–04, he was promoted to the Canucks' top line towards the end of the season. On account of Todd Bertuzzi's infamous suspension, Cooke joined Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison on the Canucks' top line for the final thirteen games of the season and the playoffs.

Perhaps Cooke's most memorable moment with the Canucks occurred during this stint on the first line as the Canucks entered the 2004 playoffs against the Calgary Flames. With the Canucks down by a goal in the final minute of the series-deciding seventh game, Cooke drove the net on a Markus Naslund rush and dramatically tied the score with 5 seconds to go in regulation – it was also Cooke's second goal of the game. However, as the Canucks were short-handed at the time, Calgary began the overtime period on the powerplay and clinched the series.

After a year of inactivity on account of the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Cooke would play two more full seasons with the Canucks, scoring at a similar pace. However, with Cooke's contract set to expire at the end of the 2007–08 season, he was sent to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Matt Pettinger at the trade deadline. The trade ended Cooke's tenure with the Canucks in his ninth season with the club. At the time of the trade, he was 12th all-time in games played as a Canuck with 556.

Finishing the 2007–08 season, Cooke would play 17 games with the Capitals, scoring 7 points. In the off-season, on July 5, 2008, Cooke signed a two-year, $2.4-million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He injured his ribs in his first season with the Penguins in October, missing four games, but was able to return by the end of the month. On December 2, 2008, he was named to the rotating position of alternate captain for the Penguins for the month of December. The next month, Cooke was suspended for two games on January 27, 2009, for a headshot that he delivered to Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker seven days earlier. He was assessed a minor penalty for interference on the play. He helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2004 Czech Republic

Cooke made his first international appearance, playing for the Canadian national junior team at the 1998 World Junior Championships. He scored 2 points in 6 games, but could not help Canada medal, losing to Russia in the quarter-finals. He then competed for Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships. Named to the team with Vancouver Canucks teammate Brendan Morrison, Cooke helped Canada clinch gold, tallying 4 points in 9 games.

Personal

Matt has been married to Michelle since 2001 and has 3 kids; daughter Reece Lynn Cooke (born May 5, 2001, 8lbs. 3oz.) and 6 year old son Jackson Cooke (born 2004) as well as Michelle's 16 year old daughter Gabby who Matt adopted.

Matt and wife Michelle run a foundation called The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope, that's based out of Vancouver.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Windsor Spitfires OHL 61 8 11 19 102 7 1 3 4 6
1996–97 Windsor Spitfires OHL 65 45 50 95 146 5 5 5 10 10
1997–98 Windsor Spitfires OHL 23 14 19 33 50
1997–98 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 25 8 13 21 49 12 8 8 16 20
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 0 2 2 27
1998–99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 37 15 18 33 119
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 5 7 12 39
1999–00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 18 5 8 13 27
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 14 13 27 94 4 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 13 20 33 111 6 3 2 5 0
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 15 27 42 82 14 2 1 3 12
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 11 12 23 73 7 3 1 4 12
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 8 10 18 71
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 10 20 30 64 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 7 9 16 64
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 17 3 4 7 27 7 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 13 18 31 101 24 1 6 7 22
NHL totals 659 99 142 241 753 63 9 10 19 56
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International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Canada WJC 6 1 1 2 6
2004 Canada WC 9 2 2 4 8
Junior int'l totals 6 1 1 2 6
Senior int'l totals 9 2 2 4 8

External links

  • Matt Cooke's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Matt Cooke's NHL player profile
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