Walker with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010.
April 7, 1980|
Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
St. Louis Blues|
Tampa Bay Lightning
83rd overall, 1998|
St. Louis Blues
Matt Walker (born April 7, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). During his nine NHL seasons he played for the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the younger brother of former WHL player Darby Walker and cousin of former AHL goaltender Mike Walker.
Walker was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 83rd overall. He spent the first ten years of his professional career with both the Blues and their American Hockey League affiliates, the Worcester IceCats and the Peoria Rivermen. After having played 153 games in the league, he finally notched his first NHL goal on February 17, 2008 while the Blues were hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets.
On July 1, 2009, he signed a four-year, $6.8 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. On July 19, 2010, Walker was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, along with a 4th-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for forward Simon Gagne.
Walker's three years in Philadelphia were marred by hip and back injuries, playing in only eight games with the Flyers and 44 games with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He missed the entire 2012–13 season due to a back injury.
|1997–98||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||64||2||13||15||124||16||0||0||0||21|
|1998–99||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||64||1||10||11||151||4||0||1||1||6|
|1999–00||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||38||2||7||9||97||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||16||0||1||1||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||St. Louis Blues||NHL||14||0||1||1||25||4||0||0||0||0|
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||54||0||2||2||79||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||48||0||5||5||72||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||43||1||1||2||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||66||2||3||5||90||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Tampa Bay Lightning signs defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Matt Walker". tampabay.com. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Harper, Tyler (January 13, 2017). "Beer league rookie: Matt Walker's journey from the NHL to the NBC". nelsonstar.com. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
- Born, Kyle. "Transitioning from the NHL to award-winning brewery owner". kootenaybiz.com. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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