Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Matte
Forward Joe Matte played 24 games in the NHL, 12 with the Detroit Cougars in 1929-30 and 12 with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1942-43 season when many of the league's regulars were unavailable due to commitments during the War.

Matte played hockey at an elite level for close to 20 years, with most of his early years being spent in the IHL with the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Yellowjackets and the Niagara Falls Cataracts of the OPHL. In 1933-34, Matte moved to St. Louis where he earned a regular roster spot with the AHA's Flyers for seven years.

From 1940 to 1942 Matte played with the Kansas City Americans of the AHA before heading back east to Cleveland where he signed with the Barons for the 1942-43 season. It was during that year that he got his one and only opportunity to lace up the blades in the NHL, when the Blackhawks inserted him into the lineup for 12 games. He retired after being told he would not be staying with the club and would have to return to the minors in Cleveland.

Matte attempted a brief, 18-game comeback five years later, playing for the IHL's Akron Americans in 1948-49.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1928-29 Ottawa Shamrocks OCJHL
1929-30 Detroit Cougars NHL 12 0 1 1 0
1929-30 Detroit Olympics IHL 26 0 0 0 6
1930-31 Pittsburgh Yellowjackets IHL 3 1 0 1 0
1930-31 Niagara Falls Cataracts OPHL 25 9 1 10 45 5 2 0 2 10
1930-31 Detroit Olympics IHL 2 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Pittsburgh Yellowjackets IHL 48 4 4 8 82
1932-33 Cleveland Indians IHL 34 3 4 7 34
1933-34 Cleveland Falcons IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1933-34 St. Louis Flyers AHA 48 11 3 14 78 7 0 0 0 12
1934-35 St. Louis Flyers AHA 48 14 10 24 50 6 1 1 2 10
1935-36 St. Louis Flyers AHA 41 5 8 13 38 8 1 0 1 13
1936-37 St. Louis Flyers AHA 41 5 8 13 36 6 1 0 1 4
1937-38 St. Louis Flyers AHA 48 15 17 32 45 7 0 3 3 4
1938-39 St. Louis Flyers AHA 40 13 15 28 28 7 2 1 3 4
1939-40 St. Louis Flyers AHA 48 13 15 28 46 5 0 1 1 12
1940-41 Kansas City Americans AHA 44 9 3 12 22 8 1 2 3 16
1941-42 Kansas City Americans AHA 50 4 6 10 41 6 0 1 1 2
1942-43 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 12 0 2 2 8
1942-43 Cleveland Barons AHL 25 2 5 7 2 3 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 24 0 3 3 8


AHA First All-Star Team (1935, 1938, 1939, 1940)
AHA Second All-Star Team (1936, 1937)
Father of NFL player Tom Matte (Baltimore Colts 1961-1972). Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 12, 1929. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, September, 1942.
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