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North American Skater
United States
Matthew
Nieto
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 175
LAST CLUB TEAM: Boston University, H-EAST
BIRTHDATE: November 5, 1992
MID RANK: 55
HOMETOWN: Long Beach, CA
FINAL RANK: 43
BORN IN: Long Beach, CA, USA
• In 2010-11, his freshman year at Boston University, Nieto recorded 21 points (8-13--21) in 36 games – he played alongside fellow draft prospect Adam Clendening (No. 45 ranked).

• Nieto won back-to-back gold medals with Team USA at the Under-18 World Championship (2009 and 2010) and participated in the evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships. In 2009, he was the youngest member to make the World Championship team, making the jump to the Under-18 team alongside Jason Zucker (59th overall by Minnesota in 2010) -- both were leading scorers for the Under-17 team and played youth hockey in Los Angeles.

• He played his minor hockey in California until the age of 14 when he decided to go to Salisbury School in Connecticut for a year and then on to the U.S. National Team Development Program in Michigan.

• He got his start in roller hockey at three years old at the local YMCA alongside 2010 Anaheim draft selection Emerson Etem (29th overall) and fellow draft prospect Rocco Grimaldi (No. 33 ranked).

• Nieto’s childhood hockey idol was Paul Kariya because he was playing for the Anaheim Ducks and his favorite piece of sports memorabilia is a puck signed by Kariya.

FAVORITES

NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
NHL player: Jonathan Toews
Shootout move: “Fake shot five-hole or low blocker”
Goal celebration: “Just raise the arms”
Video game: Call of Duty
Movie: Superbad
TV show: Gossip Girl
Actor: Seth Rogen
Music artist: Snoop Dogg
Website: Facebook.com
Book: “Fighting with Fire” by Alex Bell
Pump-up song: “What’s My Name” by Snoop Dogg
Home-cooked meal: Chicken parmesan
Activity away from the rink: Tennis