Who is Matthew Tkachuk?
Matthew Tkachuk is a professional American ice hockey player. He is the alternate captain for the team Calgary Flames. The team is a part of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a top-rated prospect before being drafted.
|Celebrated Name||Matthew Tkachuk|
|Profession||Ice Hockey Player|
|Birth Date||December 11, 1997|
|Birth Place||Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S|
|Parents||Father: Keith Tkachuk
Mother: Chantal Oster
|Height||6 feet 2 inches|
|Total games played||1201|
Matthew was born on the 11th of December, 1997 in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. He is the son of Keith Tkachuk and Chantal Oster. He grew up along with his two brothers; Brady and Taryn. Brady is also an ice-hockey player like him.
His father is a former NHL player who has played a total of 1201 games. His father is also a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Matthew is of a Ukrainian origin. However, his family background is either Polish or Russian according to his father. Standing at a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighing about 91 kg, he has been able to maintain his body fit and healthy.
School: Chaminade College Preparatory School (sixth to ninth)
Matthew played the 2013-14 season with the U.S National Development Team in the United States Hockey League. He had a total of 33 goal points with 5 goals and 12 assists. Furthermore, he also played the 2014-15 season with the U.S National Development team in the United States Hockey League where he had a total of 24 goal points with 13 goals and 20 assists.
In the 2015-16 season, he played for the junior team of London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Matthew had a total of 57 goal points with 30 goals and 77 assists.
He entered the NHL draft in 2016. Then, Calgary Flames drafted him as the sixth overall in the 2016 NHL draft. He then signed a three-year entry-level contract on the 7th of July, 2016. He scored his first goal against the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2016-17 season, he had a total of 76 goal points with 13 goals and 35 assists.
In the 2017-18 season, Matthew had a total of 68 goal points, where he had 24 goals and 25 assists recorded. Furthermore, in the 2018-19 season, he had a total of 80 goal points with 34 goals and 43 assists.
The International Career of Matthew Tkachuk
Matthew has also played for the US national team in years 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was a part of the national team in the U17 Hockey Championship of 2014, where he won a gold medal with the team. Furthermore, he became the part of 2015 under 18 US national team to participate in the IIHF World Championship where he won another gold medal. He then played for the national team on the 2016 IIHF World Championship where he won a bronze medal.