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Congratulations to former UMass hockey captain Matt Anderson who has signed with KHL Medvescak Zagreb for the 2014-15 season. Anderson played his first season in KHL in 2013-14 and totaled 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 54 games with Moscow Spartak.

Click here to read the full release on Anderson from KHL Medvescak Zagreb's site

Sporting News covered Matt Anderson's NHL debut, and also mentions fellow UMass hockey alum Mike Kostka:

Patrick Bordeleau and Mike Kostka have company.

Bordeleau's circuitous trip to the NHL--he played for five teams in 2008-09--has been an interesting side story of the early season. At 26, he's playing on the Colorado Avalanche's first line. The 27-year-old Kostka has emerged as an everyday defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs and currently is playing alongside captain Dion Phaneuf.

New Jersey Devils winger Matt Anderson has them beat.

Anderson, set to play in his first NHL game tonight, is 30--that's too old to qualify for rookie status at all. He got the callup from AHL Albany over the weekend.

"It was pretty surreal," Anderson told the Bergen Record (where there's much more of his story). "It's a phone call you always hope that you get. You think about it and you think how it would happen and I always said to myself, I'd never expect it. It would be at the least expected time."

He's in Boston, where the Devils play the Bruins on Tuesday.

After an injury-filled college career ended in 2007, Anderson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Wolves. Then came an AHL deal with Albany in 2010, a strong 2010-11 season in which he had 23 goals and 32 assists, and then a two-way NHL contract with the Devils. Now, it's 2013, and he's finally getting his chance.

Read on the Sporting News website

Andy Merritt also had coverage of Matt Anderson's NHL debut for the New England Hockey journal and also mentions the other four former UMass hockey players in the NHL this season:

When you're a rookie, they tell you to act like you've been there before.

Matt Anderson's not exactly a rookie, and he has been here before, although it's been a long time.

The 30-year-old West Islip, N.Y., native made his NHL debut Tuesday with the New Jersey Devils, who fell in a shootout to the Boston Bruins. It was the culmination of a very long journey for Anderson, coming more than six years after he began his pro career.

Since graduating from UMass in 2007, Anderson played with three different pro teams - the AHL's Chicago Wolves, the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, and for the last two-and-a-half years back in the AHL with the Albany Devils. He has had his greatest success as a pro in Albany, racking up 40 goals and 106 points in 171 games, and in 2010-11 had a career best 23 goals and 32 assists in 76 games.

Still, a nice minor league career isn't really what a player dreams of when he becomes a professional. It's all about getting the call - or in Anderson's case, the text message. That text came Monday. While Anderson was enjoying the AHL All-Star break in Southern Vermont with some friends, he was having some trouble keeping his cell phone charged.

"There was one charger, one of those Bose docks, at the house where we were staying, and I stuck it on there," he said. "Me and my buddies were about to leave the house, and it came on, and there was a text from [Albany GM] Chris Lamoriello, saying to call him as soon as possible."

Lamoriello, the son of New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello (Providence, R.I.), had good news: The big club was calling Anderson up, and just in time for the UMass grad to come back to Boston.

Read more: Former Minuteman Anderson makes long-awaited NHL debut

VIDEO: Matt Anderson Interview On MSG+

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MSG plus had this video of former Minuteman Matt Anderson speaking with the media following his first NHL game on Tuesday night:

The USA Today had this piece on UMass hockey alum Matt Anderson making his NHL debut for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night:

Proving that good things eventually will come to those who wait, winger Matt Anderson made his NHL debut at 30 on Tuesday night.

The forward was called up by the New Jersey Devils on Monday after he had spent his entire pro career in the minors.

"The longer you wait, the more you appreciate it," he said during the between-periods interview on MSG Plus.

Anderson went undrafted out the University of Massachusetts after a college career in which he missed the 2003-04 season with a shoulder injury and was limited to 18 games the following season by a broken ankle.

He had signed minor league deals with the Chicago Wolves and the Albany (N.Y.) Devils. But after scoring 55 points in 2010-11, New Jersey signed him to a two-year, two-way deal last season.

Anderson had 20 points in 39 games this season with Albany. He played Tuesday night on the Devils' fourth line. One of his shifts was cut short because a fight broke out between the Devils' Krys Barch and the Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton, but he finished with 11 shifts, 6 minutes, 57 seconds of ice time and one blocked shot.

Read more: Matt Anderson makes NHL debut at age 30 for Devils

Matt Anderson Re-Signs With Albany Devils

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The AHL Albany Devils announced signing 12 players for the upcoming 2011-12 season including UMass alum Matt Anderson. Anderson led the team in scoring last year with 55 points on 23 goals and a team-best 32 assists earning a spot in the All-Star Classic.

Anderson, 28, enters his second season with the organization after leading Albany (AHL) with 32 assists and 55 points last season, while finishing second with 23 goals.  He also represented the team at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic.  The 5-11, 195-lb. forward originally signed with the club on July 21, 2010 after spending the previous three-plus seasons with Chicago (AHL).  Anderson was a member of the Wolves' 2008 Calder Cup Championship team.  Born October 31, 1982, the native of West Islip, NY signed with Chicago as a free agent on March 30, 2007.  He also saw action in 37 games with Gwinnett (ECHL) in 2007-08.  Anderson played four seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (HE) between 2002-03 and 2006-07.

Alum Matt Anderson Named To AHL All-Star Team

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Former UMass hockey standout Matt Anderson of the AHL Albany Devils was named to the All-Star Team today and will play for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

Here is the complete release:
http://theahl.com/2011-all-star-rosters-unveiled-p168718

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker continues to preview Sunday's big hockey game at Maine (4 PM) and looks at the successful season UMass alum Matt Anderson is having with the Albany Devils.

Former Hockey Minutemen In The News

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Boston Globe: Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings earned a 4-3 win over Boston in an overtime shootout making 38 saves.

Boston Herald: The Herald has a nice feature on Greg Mauldin who was recently called up to the Colorado Avalanche scoring his first career goal against the team which originally drafted him, Columbus. Mauldin is a native of Holliston and played for the Boston Junior Bruins before coming to UMass.

Albany Times-Union: The Albany Times-Union has a question and answer with alum Matt Anderson who is playing with the Albany Devils this year in the AHL.

Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Mark Matheson Signs With AHL's Chicago Wolves

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Former UMass standout Mark Matheson has signed with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL as announced by the club yesterday. Matheson played in 58 games with the Milwaukee Admirals last year posting 4 goals and 13 assists as a defenseman. This move re-unites him with fellow former Minuteman Matt Anderson who has been with the club since his playing days at UMass ended.

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