Former Minuteman Irwin Tapped As Sharks Rookie Of The Year
April 24, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Former UMass defenseman Matt Irwin has been selected as the 2012-13 Sharks Rookie of the Year, the team announced prior to its game against the Dallas Stars last night. Irwin has played in 35 games this season, posting 12 points (six goals, six assists), which ranks third among all team defensemen and fifth in the NHL among rookie blueliners. Irwin is also tied for the League lead amongst rookie defensemen in power play goals with four and is third in goals with six.
From March 14-18, Irwin posted a three-game goal streak, tying the longest in franchise history for a defenseman and had eight shots on net on March 10 at Colorado, which marked only the 10th time in Sharks history that a defenseman had eight or more shots on net in a game. He made his NHL debut in the Sharks' season opener on Jan. 20, a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames and was on the ice for 19:06, including 51 seconds on the power play.
Irwin turned pro following his sophomore season at UMass and was named an AHL All-Star with the Worcester Sharks in 2011-12. He signed a two-year contract extension with the Sharks on April 3, 2013.
The Victoria, B.C., native played in 67 games with the Minutemen and totaled 42 career points on 14 goals and 28 assists.