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Matt Cooke
Matt Cooke
Left Wing
Number: 24
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 208
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 7, 1978  (Age 36)
Birthplace: Belleville, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 5, 2008.
Drafted: VAN / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (144th overall)
Feisty, energetic winger that plays with a physical edge and excels on penalty kill.

Often used in a shutdown role against opposing teams’ top forward units.

Nickname - “Cookie”

13-year NHL veteran has played over 800 career games with Vancouver, Washington and Pittsburgh.

Won Stanley Cup title with Pittsburgh in 2009.

Was a key member of the Penguins’ No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit in 2010-11 — the first time Pittsburgh has finished the regular season with the NHL’s top PK unit. He ranked T-10th in the league in shorthanded goals (3), T-2nd in shorthanded assists (3) and T-5th in shorthanded points (6).

Ranked 2nd on the team and led all Penguins forwards with 192 hits in 2010-11.

Has 301 points (126G-175A) and plus-50 rating in NHL career.

Hit double digits in goals 9 times in career.

Topped 30-point mark 6 times in career.

His best season was 2002-03 with Vancouver when he posted career highs in goals (15), assists (27), points (42) and plus-minus rating (+21).

Originally drafted by Vancouver (6th round, 144th overall, 1997 NHL Entry Draft)
and broke into NHL in 1999-2000.

Represented Canada at 2004 World Championships and 1998 World Junior Championships.

Played 4 years in Ontario Hockey League, split between Windsor and Kingston
from 1995-98.

Married (Michelle); 2 daughters (Gabby, Reece); 1 son (Jackson).

Sponsors Cooke Foundation for Hope (www.foundationofhope.ca), which brings children to hockey games who otherwise would not have been able to attend.

Signed through 2012-13 season.

 
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