Matt Bradley was born in Stittsville, Ontario on June 13, 1978. A junior with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, Bradley was the fourth selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
An offensively gifted forward, Bradley played three seasons in Kingston and topped 83 points in his final year before making his professional debut during the 1998-99 season. Although he went on to play one game with the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblade in 1996-97, Bradley spent the next two season honing his skills in the AHL before making his NHL debut in 2000-01.
After splitting the 2000-01 season, between the NHL and AHL, Bradley became a regular with the Sharks in 2001-02 and went on to play one more season with the club before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in March, 2003. His stay in Pittsburgh would also last a mere season, as he was acquired by the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2005.
On the international stage, Bradley represented his homeland at the 1998 World Junior Championships.