|Date of birth||September 7, 1978|
|place of birth||Belleville , Ontario , Canada|
|NHL Entry Draft||
1997 , 6th lap, 144th position
Matthew David "Matt" Cooke (born September 7, 1978 in Belleville , Ontario ) is a former Canadian ice hockey player who played 1046 games for the Vancouver Canucks , Washington Capitals , Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild between 1995 and 2015 in the National Hockey League on the position of the left winger . Cooke celebrated his greatest career success in the service of the Pittsburgh Penguins by winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 and in the jersey of the Canadian national team by winning the World Cup in 2004 .
The 1.80 m tall winger first played from 1994 to 1995 for the Wellington Dukes in the Metro Junior A Hockey League . He then went on the ice from 1995 for the Windsor Spitfires and the Kingston Frontenacs in the Canadian Junior League Ontario Hockey League , and scored 168 points in 174 OHL games of the regular season . In the 1997 NHL Entry Draft , Cooke was finally selected as the 144th in the sixth round by the Vancouver Canucks .
First, the left shooter was used by the Canucks in the Syracuse Crunch , a farm team in the American Hockey League , during the rest of the 1998/99 season he commuted between the Crunch and the Canucks. From the 2000/01 season Cooke was an integral permanent staff of the franchises of British Columbia . In the 2005/06 season , however, he had to go through a career low, also due to injury problems, when he scored only 18 points.
During the 2007/08 season , on February 26, 2008, the attacker was transferred to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Matt Pettinger . In July 2008 Cooke signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins , with whom the striker won the Stanley Cup in the 2008/09 season .
In July 2013, Cooke signed a three-year deal worth $ 7.5 million with the Minnesota Wild . From this, however, he was bought out prematurely after the 2014/15 season (buy-out) and he subsequently ended his active career.
With the Canadian national team , Matt Cooke won the gold medal at the 2004 World Cup , and he also played in the 1998 Junior World Cup . At the 2004 World Cup, Cooke scored in the final against Sweden to make it 5-3.
Achievements and Awards
|2004/05||Vancouver Canucks||NHL||not played because of lockout|
Represented Canada to:
|1998||Canada||June World Cup||8th place||6th||1||1||2||6th|
( Legend for player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored ; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored ; SM or PIM = penalty minutes received ; +/− = plus / minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored ; SH = underpaid goals scored ; GW = winning goals scored; 1 play-downs / relegation )
- Matt Cooke in the database of the National Hockey League (English)
- Matt Cooke at legendsofhockey.net (English)
- Matt Cooke at eliteprospects.com (English)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Cooke, Matthew David (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Canadian ice hockey player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 7, 1978|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Belleville , Ontario , Canada|