It goes without saying he found it a bit different than his hometown of Morristown, New Jersey.
Beattie is very intelligent, Ivy-League intelligent to be exact. His favorite movie was released before he was born, and if he wasn’t a hockey player, he may be starring in the sequel.
There’s a lot more to forward Matt Beattie than meets the eye, as you’ll find out.
1 – It’s pronounced ‘bai-dee,’ not ‘bee-tee,’ and ‘Matt’ is fine with him, although ‘Matthew’ would be fine with him as well.
When Beattie (bai-dee) arrived for development camp in Vancouver, there were quite a few people pronouncing his last name wrong, but like any teenager lucky enough to attend an NHL camp, he didn’t correct a soul. He would have gone by ‘hey you’ as long as he got the shot to put his skills on display.
2 – He was born in Morristown, New Jersey; his hometown is Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He is 6-foot-4, 185-pounds and plays center/right wing.
3 – During his first trip to Vancouver he was surrounded by dissimilarities from his homeland.
“The West Coast is a lot different then the East Coast,” said Beattie (bai-dee). “The mountains, the green grass in the city, there is not really any green grass in the city on the East Coast.”
4 – He is smart and likes a challenge.
When you look at the seventh-round pick’s statistics from last season (74 points in 28 games) while playing for Phillips Exeter Academy, you may think he needs to find a bigger challenge for himself; well that’s just what he has set out to do next season, joining fellow Canucks prospect Patrick McNally (Harvard) in the Ivy-League, enrolling at Yale University.
“I thought Yale was going to be the best place for me to challenge myself athletically and academically,” he said. “I walked around and saw the campus and loved it. I feel I will be able to get a lot better with the coaching staff they have in place.”
5 – He tries to play a similar style to New Jersey Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, skating down the off-wing, and taking the puck wide and to the net.
6 – As most hockey players do, he likes to hit the links for a round of golf when he has free time.
7 – He enjoys watching movies.
“My Cousin Vinny is probably my favorite movie,” he said. “Into the Wild is a good one to, I like a lot of old movies.”
8 – He is such a movie guy that if he wasn’t a hockey player, he believes he would be an actor.
9 – His sister Hanna is also a hockey player. She’s a defenseman who may or may not join her big brother at Yale in a few years.
10 – Even though he is from New Jersey, he isn’t the biggest fan of the reality show Jersey Shore, but he did admit he does occasionally watch it.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is Matt Beattie (bai-dee) in a nutshell. Because you’ve been such a good audience, he’s a bonus tidbit about the first-team All-New England prep school player.
“What’s one thing Canucks fans don’t know about me?” he laughed. “Hmm, besides not knowing how to pronounce my last name? That I have two dogs at home, I am a huge dog guy.”