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Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen
Center
Number: 7
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 2, 1976  (Age 38)
Birthplace: Virginia, MN, United States
Hometown: Moorhead, Minn.
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Acquired: Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, July 1, 2010
Drafted: ANA / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (35th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Has tallied 500 points (181-139=500) in 958 games in 13 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, New York Rangers, Ottawa and Minnesota…Owns 95 career multi-point games (71-13-11)…Member of Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup Championship team…Sixth native Minnesotan to score a goal for the Wild…Played two seasons at St. Cloud State (1995-97)…Named AP Minnesota High School Hockey Player of the Year in 1995 after scoring 89 points (47-42=89) in 28 games for Moorhead High School.

2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS
Ranked fifth on team in scoring with 39 points (12-27=39) in 78 games…Led team with 56.1 faceoff %...Seventh consecutive season faceoff percentage was over 50%…Tied for fifth in NHL with career-high four SHG...Recorded 500th career point with assist vs. EDM (3/31)...Notched seven points (2-5=7)
during five-game point streak (1/16-1/25)...Recorded SHG, assist and +3 rating vs. VAN (1/16)...Collected season-high two goals and three points (2-1=3) at COL (12/23)...Skated in 900th NHL game vs. PHI (11/24)...Notched 300th career assist vs. CGY (11/5)...Recorded seven points (2-5=7) in four game point streak (10/14-10/21), including three straight multi-point efforts (10/14-10/19)...Tallied goal and assist, won 17 of 25 faceoffs and skated season-high 23:32 vs. CAR (10/7)...Missed three games with groin injury (12/11-12/16), one game with upper body injury (2/5).

2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS

Tallied 48 points (16-32=48) in 81 games with Carolina and Ottawa…Averaged career best 18:45 in TOI…Recorded 40 points (12-28=40) in 60 games with Hurricanes before being traded to Senators on Feb. 12…Notched eight points (4-4=8) in 21 games with Ottawa…Won 51% of faceoffs, marking sixth consecutive season his faceoff percentage was over 50%…Registered a season high three points (1-2=3) vs. FLA (2/9)…Won 19 of 24 faceoffs taken vs. COL (1/8) to tie career high in faceoffs won …Picked up two assists and a +3 rating at WSH (12/28)…Logged career-high 25:58 TOI vs. PHI (12/26)…Netted his 10th career SHG vs. FLA (12/19)…Recorded a five-game point streak (3-2=5) from 11/25-12/5…Played in 800th career NHL game vs. PHI (10/2)…Posted three multi-point efforts and tied for team lead with three goals and eight points in six playoff games with Ottawa…Led forwards in TOI at 23:14.

2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS

Reached the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career…Led team in shooting percentage (15.8%), ranked fourth on the team in goals (22) and was tied for third among Hurricanes skaters in plus/minus (+11)…Was part of the scoring play on five of the Hurricanes’ eight SHG, as he led the team in SHG (2), assists (3) and points (5)…Had assists in seven of his last 10 games played (3-9=12, 3/3-3/21)…Had 30 points (13-17=30) in his last 30 games played (1/15-3/21)…Scored two goals and earned an assist for his third three-point effort of the season vs. NYI (3/20)…Earned his first career NHL hat trick with three goals and earned a +3 rating vs. COL (2/22)…The second goal marked his 400th career NHL point…Recorded his first career penalty-shot goal at SJ (2/5)…Missed 13 games due to injury (leg: 11/2-11/9; lower body: 3/23-4/11)…Notched six points (3-3=6) in 18 playoff games.

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS
Ranked tied for second on the team in assists (36), despite missing 23 games over the course of the season due to a head injury…Third on the team in power-play goals (8) and fourth on the team in power-play assists (15) and power-play points (23)…Established a career high in assists (36) and matched his career-high in points (49)…Assisted on a shorthanded goal before leaving the game after a hit resulted in a broken nose at NYR (12/26)…Assisted on a goal to match a Hurricanes record (since relocation in 1997-98) when he picked up an assist in his eighth consecutive game vs. TB (11/18).

2006-07 HIGHLIGHTS
Skated in 80 games with the Rangers and scored 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points, along with 52 PIM…Established career-highs in SHG (3), penalty minutes (52) and shots on goal (217)…Led the team and tied for fifth in the NHL with five shorthanded points…Tied for first on the team and tied for 10th in the league with three SHG…Tied for second on the team and tied for 13th in the league with two shootout game-deciding goals…Tied for 14th among NHL centers with a 54.6 faceoff percentage…Registered his 200th career assist vs. PHI (3/22)…Missed two games due to a sprained knee that was suffered at TOR (12/16)…Tallied four points (1-3=4) in 10 playoff games…Recorded GWG in series clinching win in Game 4 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. ATL (4/18).

2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS
Had a career season when he established single-season highs in goals (25) and points (25-24=49), skated in 78 regular-season games and helped Carolina to a Stanley Cup title…Ranked sixth on the team in goals (25) and third on the team in shots (214)…Carolina was 17-1-4 when he scored a goal…Reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career with the game-winner at ATL (1/26)…Posted a career-high, four-game goal-scoring streak from 10/22-10/28, notching five goals over the span…Missed four games with a fractured jaw after being placed on IR on Jan. 28…Skated in 25 postseason contests, helping the Carolina Hurricanes capture the Stanley Cup…Tied for third among Hurricanes and tied for sixth in the NHL in playoff scoring with 18 points (4-14=18)…Ranked third on the team and fourth in the NHL in playoff assists (14)…Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 1 of the Conference Quarterfinals vs. MTL (4/22)…Notched GWG in Game 5 vs. MTL (4/30)…Earned an assist on first two Hurricanes goals in 3-1 victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. EDM (6/19).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS
Played in 36 regular-season games with Cortina of the Italian league…Led league with 27 goals and ranked second with 60 points…Scored 22 points (8-14=22) in 18 games as Cortina fell in the league championship series to Milan.

2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS
Tallied 19 points (6-13=19) and 24 PIM in 56 games…Missed 23 games due to sports hernia (10/15-11/29).

2002-03 HIGHLIGHTS
Tallied 33 points (13-20=33) and 34 PIM in 80 games, splitting the season between Anaheim and Florida…Posted four assists, setting career-high for assists in a game and tying career single-game mark for points vs. PIT (12/15).

2001-02 HIGHLIGHTS
Led Anaheim in assists (30), ranked second in points (48) and third in goals (18)…Had his first three NHL multi-goal games (all two-goal games)…Set a single-game Anaheim club record for faceoff % among players with at least 10 draws at 91 percent (11-of 12) vs. CAR (2/8).

2000-01 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in all 82 games registering 40 points (10-30=40) for Anaheim.

1999-00 HIGHLIGHTS
Established single-game career highs for points, and plus/minus with four points (1-3=4) and a (+4) rating at WSH (10/19).

1998-99 HIGHLIGHTS
Made NHL playoff debut at DET (4/21) in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals…Saw action in four postseason games.

1997-98 HIGHLIGHTS
Among NHL rookie leaders, ranked tied for eighth in points (27) and fourth in assists (21)… His 27 points were the second most by a rookie in club history (Kariya, 39 points in 1994-95)…Scored his first NHL goal vs. FLA (1/21) (Weekes)…Made NHL debut at TOR (10/28)…Set a Cincinnati (AHL) club record with an eight-game goal streak (1/6 - 2/14)…All eight games were also multi-point efforts (12-7=19)…Named PlanetUSA MVP of the AHL All-Star game, scoring two goals in the contest.

1996-97 HIGHLIGHTS
Selected as a first-team WCHA All-Star and named to the WCHA All-Academic Team while playing for St. Cloud State…Signed an entry level contract with Anaheim on April 4, 1997, and was assigned to Baltimore (AHL)…Recorded an assist in his first game as a professional with the Bandits (4/4 vs. St. John’s).

1995-96 HIGHLIGHTS
Named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team…Led St. Cloud State in scoring with 41 points (12- 29=41) in 39 games…Scored five points in his first collegiate game…Selected to play for the 1996 U.S. National Team, which competed in the World Junior Hockey Championships and scored four points (3-1=4).

1993-95 HIGHLIGHTS
Named AP High School Player of the Year in 1995, scoring 89 points (47-42=89) in 28 games at Moorhead...Also named to the Minnesota All-State Teams in 1993-95…Participated in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1995, playing in all four games and scoring two points (0-2-2).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Was a member of the “taxi squad” for the U.S. Olympic team at 2006 Winter Olympic Games…Tallied two points (1-1=2) in six games with Team USA at the 2003 World Championship in Finland…Played with Team USA at the 1999 World Championship in Norway and scored seven points (1-6=7) in six games, good for second on the team…Competed at the 1998 World Championship in Switzerland for the U.S and tied for second on the team in scoring with three points (2-1=3) in six games.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, July 1, 2010; Acquired by Ottawa from Carolina in exchange for Alexandre Picard and a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Feb. 12, 2010; Acquired by Carolina from N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Andrew Hutchinson, Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft; Signed by  N.Y. Rangers  as a free agent, July 1, 2006; Signed by Carolina as a free agent, Aug. 5, 2004; Acquired by Florida along with Pavel Trnka and  a fourth round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (James Pemberton) from Anaheim in exchange for Sandis Ozolinsh and Lance Ward, Jan. 30, 2003; Selected by Anaheim in the second round (35th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Matthew David Cullen and his wife, Bridget, have three sons: Brooks, Wyatt, and Joey, and reside in
Moorhead, Minn. in the offseason…Nickname is “Cully”…Comes from a big hockey family as his
brother Mark plays in the Florida Panthers organization and his other brother Joe plays professionally in
Europe…Enjoys golfing, fishing, and hunting in his free time…Most memorable moment in hockey is
winning the 2006 Stanley Cup in Game 7 in Carolina…Most memorable moments outside of hockey are
the births of his children…Says his dad and mom inspired his career…Favorite part of hockey is playing on outdoor rinks…Lists his favorite bands as Pearl Jam, Zac Brown Band, and Okkervil River…Last good book he read was “Invictus”…Favorite food is buffalo burgers and for breakfast he likes his mom’s homemade waffles…Reads ESPN the Magazine…Lists The Natural as his favorite movie and “30 Rock” as his favorite television show…Loves being at the lake in the summer…Favorite team to play against is Pittsburgh…He has his own charity organization, Cullen Children’s Foundation, which provides financial resources to organizations that support children’s healthcare needs, with an emphasis on cancer…Cully’s Kids Celebrity Weekend is held in Fargo each July…Also actively involved in Teammates for Kids and Team 25.

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