NHL PLAYER, Matt Dumba
Born Jul 25, 1994 -- Regina, Saskatchewan
Selected by Minnesota Wild round 1 #7 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Mathew "Matt" Dumba (born July 25, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wild selected him with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Dumba previously played junior with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Dumba is of Filipino (mother's side) and German/Romanian (father) descent. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and learned to skate at age three. His family later moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he played his minor hockey in Calgary with the Crowchild Minor Hockey Association. Dumba spent the 2009-10 season with the Edge School for Athletes in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
The Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) selected Dumba with their first round selection, fourth overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. He made his WHL debut in 2009–10, his 15-year-old season, appearing in six regular season games and two playoff games for the Rebels. Joining the Rebels full-time in 2010–11, Dumba scored 15 goals and 26 points and was a player whom his coach said was noticeable every time he was on the ice. His performance during the season earned Dumba the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL's rookie-of-the-year.
Dumba made his debut with the national team program at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He was named captain of the under-18 national team and led Canada to a gold medal victory. Returning to the Rebels for the 2011–12 WHL season, Dumba scored 20 goals and 57 points in 69 games. His play in the WHL resulted in Dumba being rated as one of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. NHL Central Scouting ranked him as the 11th best prospect for the draft, while International Scouting Services ranked him 5th overall.
The Minnesota Wild selected him in the first round, seventh overall, and quickly signed him to an NHL contract. Dumba earned a spot in the Wild lineup to start the 2013–14 season and made his NHL debut on October 5, 2013, against the Anaheim Ducks. He scored his first NHL goal on October 12 against Dan Ellis of the Dallas Stars.
In the 2015-16 season, Dumba had a breakout year, playing every game but one with the Minnesota Wild, seeing career highs in goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes with 10 goals, 16 assists, 26 points and 38 PIMS.
Dumba shines in big Minnesota win January 13, 2017
Matt Dumba was one of Thursday night’s standout performers, helping guide the Minnesota Wild to a comfortable, 7-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The 3rd year defenseman provided an offensive spark from the Wild’s blue line, tallying 3 assists, 2 hits, 2 shots on net and a +3 rating in the win. After breaking out in 2015-16 with career-highs in a plethora of categories, the Saskatchewan-native has continued to improve this season. Through 40 games, Dumba has registered 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists), has a plus/minus rating of +17, and is averaging a career-best 19:36 of ice time per game.
For more on Dumba and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Dumba rewarded with new contract extension July 29, 2016
2012 1st round pick Matt Dumba signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Dumba, who turned 22 on Monday, is coming off of a breakout season that saw him set career-highs in a number of categories, including goals (10), points (26) and game played (81). The Regina, Saskatchewan native has made a smooth transition from junior to professional hockey, requiring very little seasoning in the AHL. Despite being the youngest defenseman on the Wild last year, Dumba’s average ice time was a very respectable 16:50 per game.
For more on Dumba, check out the nhl.com article here.