Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Cooke
Matt Cooke was born September 7, 1978 in Belleville, Ontario. The seventh choice, 144th overall selection of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Cooke is a graduate of the OHL.

A gritty offensive forward, Cooke played three seasons in the OHL (1995-1998) with stops in Windsor and Kingston. His most productive season came in 1996-97, when he led the Windsor Spitfires in scoring with 95 points (45-50-95) in 65 games. Upon graduating from the OHL, Cooke made his professional debut in 1998-99, splitting his time between the Canucks and their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. After splitting one more season with both clubs, Cooke became a permanent fixture in the Canuck lineup in 2000-01.

Over the course of his first three full seasons with the club, Cooke saw his offensive numbers increase each season, including a career best 42 points (15-27-42) in 2002-03. Coming off a career year in 2002-03, Cooke was limited to a mere 53 games in 2003-04. After a missing 17 games with a jaw injury in the 2005-06 season, a healthy Matt Cooke competed in 81 games with the Cancuks the following season.

His 2007-08 season saw him compete in 61 games with the Canucks before he was dealt to the Washington Capitals for Matt Pettinger on February 26, 2008. As a member of the Capitals, Cooke helped the young squad into the playoffs for the first time since 2003. However, after the club was eliminated from the playoffs he signed in the off-season with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an unrestricted free agent, a decision that would prove to be one of the best of his career. In a 7 game epic Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins would dethrone the Red Wings and earn the franchise's third Stanley Cup title.

On the international stage, Cooke has represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships and helped them capture gold at the 2004 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Wellington Dukes ON-Jr.A 46 9 23 32 62
1995-96 Windsor Spitfires OHL 61 8 11 19 102 7 1 3 4 6
1996-97 Windsor Spitfires OHL 65 45 50 95 146 5 5 5 10 10
1997-98 Windsor Spitfires OHL 23 14 19 33 50 +1
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1997-98 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 25 8 13 21 49 -6 12 8 8 16 20
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 0 2 2 27 -12
1998-99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 37 15 18 33 119 -28
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 5 7 12 39 +3
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 18 5 8 13 27 +7
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 14 13 27 94 +5 4 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 13 20 33 111 +4 6 3 2 5 0
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 15 27 42 82 +21 14 2 1 3 12
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 11 12 23 73 +5 7 3 1 4 12
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 2 2 4 8 +5
2004-05
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 8 10 18 71 -8
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 10 20 30 64 0 1 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 7 9 16 64 -4
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 17 3 4 7 27 +5 7 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 13 18 31 101 0 24 1 6 7 22
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 15 15 30 106 +17 13 4 2 6 22
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 12 18 30 129 +14
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 19 19 38 44 +5 6 0 4 4 16
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 8 13 21 36 -2 15 0 4 4 35
2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 10 18 28 54 +8 6 0 3 3 8
2014-15 Minnesota Wild NHL 29 4 6 10 13 0 7 0 2 2 4
NHL Totals 1046 167 231 398 1135 110 13 25 38 141


Traded to Washington by Vancouver for Matt Pettinger, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 6, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 5, 2013. Missed majority of 2014-15 due to lower-body (October 28, 2014 at Boston) and (February 1, 2015 at Vancouver) injures.
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