Matthew Tkachuk is an ice hockey player from the United States of America. He is a well-known right-winger and is now serving as an alternate captain for the NHL's Calgary Fire.
He was born on December 11, 1997, in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Matthew was born in Scottsdale, but he grew up in St. Louis Sub. He went to a preparatory school at Chaminade before joining the United States Hockey League.
Matthews's younger brother Brad is a professional player in ice hockey too. He is competing for the Ottawa Senators at present. He also won a bronze medal in the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships while playing for the United States.
Matthew was chosen in the 2016 NHL entry draft to appear for the Calgary flames. His position in the NHL entry draft was sixth overall.
His Influential Hockey Career
Matthews's hockey career started in 2010. He started playing for the St. Louis Blues junior ice hockey team during the time of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Championship.
At that time he played along with the famous Logan Brown, Clayton Keller, and Luke Kunin. A few years later, he got the opportunity to play NCAA, but he rejected the offer.
On May 8, 2015, he again got the chance to play in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as a team member of London Knights. Mathew helped his team London Knights to win the 2016 Memorial Cup final where he scored the game-winning goal in extra time.
Apart from that, Mathew started his NHL career on March 20, 2017, by scoring his first goal against one of the great team Buffalo Sabres. Matthew was such a good player that he got selected for Calder Memorial Trophy and won the NHL top rookies award in 2017. However, he suspended once to play because he did a foul play for an elbow in front of Los Angeles Kings defender Drew Doughty.
Mathew had qualified for the U-17 World Hockey Championship at his young age. He played for the USA and helped capture gold in 2014. Later, he was also picked to compete in the U-18 IIHF World Hockey Championship. In the following year, he played seven matches with a record of 10 assists and helped the United States earn gold.
Teams He Played for
Matthew Tkachuk has played in three leagues during his career, which are the United States hockey league, Ontario hockey league, and National hockey. At present, he is playing for Calgary flames at NHL.
In 2014, Matthew Tkachuk was awarded a gold medal from the world U-17 Hockey challenge. He also won the IIHF World Under -18 Championship gold medal in 2015. Furthermore, in his NHL career, he was awarded as All-star gamer in 2020.