|Date of birth||5th November 1992|
|place of birth||Long Beach , California , USA|
|NHL Entry Draft||
2011 , 2nd round, 47th position
San Jose Sharks
|2008-2010||USA Hockey National Team Development Program|
|2013-2017||San Jose Sharks|
|since 2017||Colorado Avalanche|
Matthew Evan "Matt" Nieto (born November 5, 1992 in Long Beach , California ) is an American ice hockey player who has been under contract with the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League since January 2017 . Before that, he spent four years in the San Jose Sharks organization .
Matt Nieto grew up with his two sisters in Long Beach , California , in a neighborhood marked by gang crime . His father worked as a dock worker, while his mother worked as a make-up artist . Nieto began roller hockey with the YMCA at the age of three . He started playing ice hockey a little later at the LA Hockey Club , an organization of the Los Angeles Kings , to which Emerson Etem and Rocco Grimaldi also belonged.
At the age of 14, Nieto left California and from then on attended the Salisbury School , a preparatory school in Salisbury , Connecticut, over 4,000 kilometers away with the help of a full scholarship . In his first and only season at the school, the winger scored 18 points in 28 games, drawing the attention of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP). As a result, he moved to Ann Arbor in the state of Michigan in the summer of 2008 to be part of the central talent factory of the US ice hockey association USA Hockey .
With the National Team Development Program, Nieto took part in the game operations of the North American Hockey League and the following year in the United States Hockey League , the highest junior league in the USA, but also played a number of non-competitive games, especially against college teams . In addition, the NTDP forms the U18 national team of the USA, with which he participated in the 2009 and 2010 World Championships and won the gold medal there.
After the 2009/10 season, he retired from the NTDP for reasons of age and decided, instead of switching to one of Canada's top three junior leagues, to study at Boston University , where he was also awarded a scholarship. As the second youngest player in the Terriers roster , he scored 23 points in 39 games in his first year at college, which aroused the interest of the scouts of the National Hockey League . Eventually he was selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in 47th position by the San Jose Sharks , making him the first Californian to be chosen by the Sharks in the draft. As a sophomore, he significantly increased his personal statistics to over one point per game, an average that he did not quite achieve in the 2012/13 season.
San Jose Sharks
In April 2013 Nieto signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks from the National Hockey League (NHL), which shortly thereafter gave him to the Worcester Sharks , their farm team from the American Hockey League (AHL). There the winger finished the season with eleven appearances, four assists and two goals. The following season 2013/14 he started in the NHL squad of the Sharks and was sent to the AHL only once for two games during the season. In total, he came as a rookie on 66 NHL missions and scored 24 points scorer, and he particularly knew how to convince in the subsequent playoffs ; although the team lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the first round , Nieto contributed five scorer points in seven games.
In the 2014/15 season reached Nieto with 27 points in eighth place the team internal scorer list, missed the Sharks, however, for the first time in ten years the playoffs . Under the new coach Peter DeBoer , Nieto took on a clearly defensive role in the squad at the beginning of the 2015/16 season , but remained a regular player. In the summer of 2016, his expiring contract was extended by one year.
Achievements and Awards
- 2009 gold medal at the U18 Junior World Championship
- 2010 gold medal at the U18 Junior World Championship
Status: end of the 2018/19 season
|2008/09||USA Hockey NTDP||NEAR||38||11||24||35||+26||14th|
|2009/10||USA Hockey NTDP||USHL||24||15th||14th||29||+20||19th|
|2013/14||San Jose Sharks||NHL||66||10||14th||24||-4||16||7th||2||3||5||+3||0|
|2014/15||San Jose Sharks||NHL||72||10||17th||27||-12||20th||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015/16||San Jose Sharks||NHL||67||8th||9||17th||-8th||10||16||1||2||3||+2||8th|
|2016/17||San Jose Sharks||NHL||16||0||2||2||-3||4th||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Represented the USA at:
|2009||United States||U18 World Cup||7th||4th||0||4th||+5||12|
|2010||United States||U18 World Cup||7th||1||3||4th||+2||4th|
( 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 )
- David Pollak: San Jose Sharks rookie Matt Nieto helps his mom fight cancer. mercurynews.com, July 4, 2014, accessed August 9, 2015 .
- LA Jr. Kings alumni. (No longer available online.) Www.jrkingshockey.com, archived from the original on July 28, 2015 ; accessed on August 9, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Kevin Dillon: A hockey nomad: Matt Nieto's journey from California kid to BU hockey star. The Daily Free Press, October 11, 2012, accessed August 9, 2015 .
- San Jose Sharks Media Guide 2014–2015 . San Jose Sharks Hockey Club, 2014, p. 79.
Pavel Francouz |
Defender: Mark Barberio | Ian Cole | Samuel Girard | Ryan Graves | Erik Johnson ( A ) | Cale Makar | Nikita Sadorow
Attacker: Pierre-Édouard Bellemare | André Burakovsky | Matt Calvert | JT Compher | Joonas Donskoi | Tyson Jost | Nazem Kadri | Vladislav Kamenev | Gabriel Landeskog ( C ) | Nathan MacKinnon ( A ) | Vladislav Namestnikov | Matt Nieto | Valery Nichushkin | Mikko Rantanen | Colin Wilson
Head Coach: Jared Bednar Assistant Coach : Ray Bennett | Nolan Pratt General Manager: Joe Sakic
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Nieto, Matthew Evan (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American ice hockey player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||5th November 1992|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Long Beach , California|