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Matt Niskanen
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Matt Niskanen  #2

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: December 6, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Virginia, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 209 DRAFTED: DAL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (28th overall)
2014-15 Led WSH in ice time (24:58) vs. TB (12/13) ... Earned an assist and led WSH in ice time (26:15) vs. CBJ (12/11) ... Scored a PPG at TB (12/9) ... Led WSH in ice time (24:24) vs. VAN (12/2) ... Led all skaters in ice time (22:48) at TOR (11/29) ... Recorded his second-career three assist game, led Washington in ice time (22:35) and was named the game s first star vs. NYI (11/28) ... Earned an assist and led all skaters in ice time (26:22) at NYI (11/26) ... Scored his first Capitals goal vs. BUF (11/22) ... Earned two assists at CHI (11/7) ... Led WSH in ice time vs. CGY (11/4) ... Earned an assist at CGY (10/25) ... Recorded 20:37 of ice time at EDM (10/22) ... Recorded two penalty minutes and led all skaters in ice time (27:29) vs. FLA (10/18) ... Earned two assists, marking his first Capitals points, and was named the game's second star vs. NJ (10/16) ... Led WSH in ice time (26:47) vs. SJ (10/14) ... Led WSH in ice time (26:42) in his Capitals debut vs. MTL (10/9).
WCHA First All-Star Team (2007) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2014.
Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic