NHL PLAYER, Matthew Tkachuk
Born Dec 11, 1997 -- Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Selected by Calgary Flames round 1 #6 overall 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Matthew Tkachuk is an American winger currently playing with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tkachuk was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, but grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.
On May 8, 2015, Tkachuk gave up his NCAA eligibility when he signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), who had drafted him in the 4th round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. Playing on a line with Mitchell Marner and Christian Dvorak, Tkachuk scored 107 points placing him 5th in OHL scoring.
Leading up to the NHL draft, Tkachuk was ranked the No. 2 North American skater, described as a bona-fide future star for an NHL club that brings elite skills and attributes. After his selection by the Calgary Flames, 6th overall, Tkachuk was signed to a three-year entry-level contract on July 7, 2016.
Tkachuk scored his first NHL goal in a 4–3 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres.
In international play, Tkachuk helped Team USA win gold at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge held in Nova Scotia, Canada. He also competed at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships, where in seven games he registered 10 assists (tops in the tournament), leading the United States men's national under-18 ice hockey team to a gold medal win.
At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki, Tkachuk and Auston Matthews each scored 11 points to lead the American team in scoring. After losing in the semifinals, the American team beat Sweden to claim the bronze medal.
His father, Keith Tkachuk, played 1,201 games in the National Hockey League and is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. His younger brother, Brady Tkachuk, plays with the National Team Development Program. Tkachuk was born in Scottsdale during his father's stint with the Phoenix Coyotes, and grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri.
Tkachuk to get a crack at 1st line duties in upcoming season June 26, 2018
Matthew Tkachuk will get a shot at becoming a 1st line regular for the Calgary Flames in 2018-19, after coach Bill Peters decided to move the 20-year-old rising star to the right wing. Tkachuk, who jumped immediately from the junior ranks to the NHL after being drafted 6th overall in 2016, has been a model of consistency through 2 seasons, tallying an impressive 97 points in 144 games played. Despite playing 8 less games in 2017-18, the robust winger set a new career-high in goals with 24 and points (49).
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Tkachuk rises to the occasion in win February 12, 2018
Mattthew Tkachuk scored the game-tying and game-winning goals last night, as the Calgary Flames fought back to defeat the New York Islanders by a score of 3-2. The Scottsdale-native finished the game with 6 shots on net and a +2 rating, and would go on to be named the 1st star of the contest. For the season, the sophomore forward has already eclipsed his career-high in goals (20), and is on pace to top his 2016-17 point total of 48.
For more on Tkachuk and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.
Tkachuk taking nothing for granted this season September 22, 2017
After shining in his rookie campaign with the Calgary Flames last year, sophomore forward Matthew Tkachuk does not plan on resting on his laurels this season. The 19-year-old understands the nature of the game and how competitive other prospects will be in training camp, and plans on giving it his all to solidify his spot on the roster. Drafted 6th overall in last year’s draft, the native of Scottsdale, Arizona tallied 13 goals and 35 assists in 2016-17.
For more on Tkachuk, check out the calgarysun.com story here.
Tkachuk confident of team turnaround in 2017-18 July 25, 2017
2nd year pro Matthew Tkachuk is looking forward to a big year with the Calgary Flames this season, and believes a deep Stanley Cup run is not out of the question. Despite losing to Anaheim in the first round of last year’s playoffs, the Scottsdale, Arizona-native feels like there are a lot of positives to take away from that experience, and that the team is growing the right way. The highly skilled winger was one of the top rookies in 2016-17, tallying 13 goals and 35 assists in 76 games played.
For more on Tkachuk, keep reading the nhl.com story here.