Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2016-17.
Irwin, 28 (11/29/87), spent the 2015-16 campaign with the Boston Bruins organization, appearing in two games for the parent club, while posting 30 points (5g-25a) in 64 AHL games for the Providence Bruins. Since playing his first professional games at the end of the 2009-10 season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Brentwood Bay, B.C., has amassed 50 points (16g-34a) in 155 NHL games with San Jose and Boston, and 118 points (27g-91a) in 245 AHL contests with Worcester and Providence. He was an AHL All-Star Classic participant in 2011-12 with the Worcester Sharks.
Never drafted, Irwin played two seasons at the University of Massachusetts from 2008-09, posting 42 points (14g-28a) in 67 NCAA games. Prior to jumping to the collegiate ranks, he spent three seasons with the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers, being named Coastal Conference Defenseman of the Year and to the league all-star game in both 2007 and 2008.