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New York Islanders - Blue & White - Matt Donovan

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Position: Defenseman

Height: 6’0
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: May 9, 1990 in Edmond, OK

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Signed an entry-level contract on March 30, 2011.

LAST SEASON: Led the University of Denver Pioneers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) defensemen with 32 points (9g/23a), appearing in all 42 games during his sophomore season…Named to the All-WCHA Second Team, the Inside College Hockey All-America Third Team and the All-U.S. College Hockey Online Third Team…Tied for fourth among WCHA blueliners in scoring with 21 points (4g/17a) in 28 league games…Led Denver with 32 penalties, 64 penalty minutes and 101 blocked shots…Ranked third on the team with a plus-minus rating of +17…Tallied seven multi-point games…Named to the Red Baron WCHA Final Five and NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament teams…Named to the All-WCHA Academic Team…Finished his collegiate career with 53 points (16g/37a) in 78 games…Signed an Amateur Tryout contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League) and appeared in six games, scoring five points (1g/4a)…Made his professional debut on Apr. 1 at Springfield…Recorded his first professional point on Apr. 2 at Binghamton…Scored his first-career goal on Apr. 10 vs. Albany.

COLLEGE/JUNIOR: 2009-10: Played in 36 games as a freshman at the University of Denver, tallying 21 points (7g/14a)...Named an Inside College Hockey Freshman All-American, an All-College Hockey News Rookie Team member and an All-WCHA Rookie Team honoree...Led all WCHA rookie blueliners with seven goals...Ranked sixth in WCHA rookie scoring and tied for fifth with 15 points (4g/11a) in 26 league games...Finished second on the team with 49 blocked shots and added 131 hits...Earned Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week honors on Mar. 3...Tallied a career-high three points (1g/2a) on Jan. 23 at Wisconsin...Recorded five multi-point games...Recorded a +9 rating.

2008-09: Played in the United States Hockey League with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders...Named to the USHL All-Star Team after netting 51 points (19g/32a) in 57 games...Added a team-leading 10 power-play goals and 43 penalty minutes...Played in the 2009 USHL Prospects All-Star Game...Was a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree.

2007-08: Led Cedar Rapids defensemen in goals (12) and points (30)...Posted a team-high +19 plus-minus rating...Rranked second on the team with nine power-play goals...Earned All-USHL Rookie Team honors...Was a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree...Tallied points in eight straight games from Jan. 13 to Feb. 1 (6g/3a).

INTERNATIONAL: 2010: Helped Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2008: Earned All-Tournament honors for the gold-medal winning U.S. Team at the World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alberta.

2007: Skated with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished fifth in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic.

Statistics Regular Season Playoffs
2007-08 Cedar Rapids USHL 59 12 19 31 41 3 0 1 1 4
2008-09 Cedar Rapids USHL 57 19 32 51 43 5 0 4 4 2
2009-10 U. of Denver NCAA 36 7 14 21 50 - - - - -
2010-11 U. of Denver NCAA 42 9 23 32 64 - - - - -
2010-11 Bridgeport AHL 6 1 4 5 10 - - - - -
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