UMass hockey has 23 alumni currently playing professionally around the globe in nine different countries.
As a Sophomore in 2009-10:Game-by-Game Statistics
Signed with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL following the season ... Played in all 36 games during the season with seven goals, six on the power play and two game-winners, and 17 assists ... Finished his career with 14 goals and 28 assists in 67 games ... Big, strong defenseman with a heavy shot who plays a key role on the first power play unit ... Had an assist while finishing with an even rating at Maine (3/6) ... Scored a goal on his only shot to finish with a plus-1 rating ... Had an assist against Boston College (2/5) ... Scored a goal with his only shot of the game against UMass Lowell (1/16) ... Had two assists and finished with an even rating at Northeastern (1/10) ... Notched an assist and took three shots against UNH (1/9) ... Recorded an assist and took two shots on net against Merrimack (12/12) ... Recorded an assist and fired two shots on net against Lowell (12/5) ... Had three shots on net against BC (12/4) ... Recorded an assist, had four shots on net, and finished with a plus-2 rating against Quinnipiac (11/28) ... Had one shot on net and finished with a plus-2 rating against Vermont (11/24) ... Had three shots on net in an overtime win against Yale (11/19) ... Had two shots on net in a weekend split against UNH (11/13, 11/14) ... Had four shots on net and finished with a plus-2 rating in a weekend sweep of Niagara (11/6, 11/8) ... Had one goal and recorded six shots on net against Providence (10/31) ... Recorded his third multi-point game of the season with two points on one goal and one assist and registered three shots on net against Providence (10/30) ... Registered his second multi-point game of the season with two assists, registered one shot on net, and finished with an even rating against Maine (10/23) ... Netted his third goal of the season, registered two shots on net, and finished with an even rating against BU (10/16) ... Tied his career high record with two goals, recorded an assist and two shots on net against RPI (10/8) ... plays with Mike Donnellan on the second defensive pairing.
As a Freshman in 2008-09:Game-by-Game Statistics
Played in 31 games recording seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points...He had three multi-point games during the season including a goal and an assist in Game Three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals at Northeastern (3/15) - his goal in that game came with 35 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime...Finished the season with a goal in all three of the Hockey East Quarterfinal games...Scored his first collegiate goal against Boston University (11/14)...Had two two-point games with a goal and an assist against AIC (12/12) and Maine (2/20)...He also netted two power play goals and one game-winner...took just four penalties for eight minutes which was the fewest amount for any UMass defenseman.
Before UMass: Played three seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), tallying a total of 57 goals and 82 assists for 139 points in 218 games ... Registered 22 goals and 42 assists for 64 points while leading the Clippers to their fourth consecutive Chevrolet Cup during the 2007-2008 with the Clippers ... Named to the BCHL All-Star Game, and was honored as the Top Defenseman for the Coastal Conference for the second year in a row, the Top Defenseman for the Clippers, and the Top Community Minded Player ... In 2006-2007 Irwin appeared in 84 games, tallying 32 goals and 31 assists while registering 85 penalty minutes ... Named to the BCHL All-Star team and was awarded the Best Two-Way Player for Nanaimo ... In his first season with the Clippers, Irwin dressed for 61 games and totaled 3 goals and seven assists ... Named the Most Improved Player for the team.
Personal: Matthew Michael Irwin ... Born November 29, 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia ... Son of Mike and Cathy Irwin ... Has one sister, Nicole ... Majoring in legal studies.