UMass' Matt Anderson Makes NHL Debut
Jan. 29, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey alum Matt Anderson made his National Hockey League debut on Tuesday night with the New Jersey Devils, becoming the third Minuteman to play in his first NHL game this season. The former UMass captain and four-year letterwinner joins Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), Justin Braun (San Jose Sharks), Matt Irwin (San Jose Sharks) and Mike Kostka (Toronto Maple Leafs) among the NHL ranks.
Five is the highest number of former Minutemen active in the NHL at once as the program has had four on two occasions, first in 2010-11 and then again to start this season. In addition, Brad Norton, Greg Mauldin, Thomas Pock and Casey Wellman round out the list of UMass hockey alumni who have seen time in the NHL, nine players in total, all within the past decade.
Anderson, in his seventh season of pro hockey, totaled 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games with the Albany Devils this year. He earned an AHL All-Star nod in 2010-11 and won the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2008-09.
Playing at UMass from 2003 to 2007, Anderson tallied 91 career points on 34 goals and 57 assists in 128 games (2003-07). As a senior in 2006-07 he served his second season as team captain and helped the Minutemen make the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.