Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Higgins
Since turning pro in 1997-98, centre Matt Higgins has been a part-time player for the Montreal Canadiens. A fine scorer in junior, his role in the pros has been more defensive.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Higgins starred with the Vernon Lakers of the BCAHA in 1992-93. He then moved on to the Moose Jaws Warriors of the WHL for four years and was selected 18th overall by the Habs in 1996. After topping the 30-goal mark three straight years in Moose Jaw, Higgins spent most of his first pro season with the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens.

The young pivot played 25 games in each of the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons as the Habs experienced injury woes. Higgins played most of the 2000-01 season with the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL and found himself at a crossroads in terms of his NHL aspirations.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Vernon Bantam Lakers Minor-BC 70 53 76 129 54
1993-94 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 64 6 10 16 10
1994-95 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 36 34 70 26 10 1 2 3 2
1995-96 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 67 30 33 63 43
1996-97 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 71 33 57 90 51 12 3 5 8 2
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 50 5 22 27 12 +10 4 1 2 3 2
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 1 0 1 0 -2
1998-99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 11 3 4 7 6 -1 5 0 2 2 0
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 0 2 2 4 -6
1999-00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 29 1 15 16 21 -4
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 0 0 2 -2
2000-01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 66 10 18 28 18 -4 8 0 1 1 4
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 43 13 19 32 24 +10 15 1 0 1 6
2002-03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 45 11 12 23 30 -10 2 0 0 0 2
2003-04 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 50 14 17 31 28
2004-05 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 25 9 14 23 16
2005-06 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 47 12 32 44 79
2006-07 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 44 11 29 40 14 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 18 7 12 19 6 3 1 2 3 2
2008-09 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 32 3 11 14 16
NHL Totals 57 1 2 3 6


Signed as a free agent by Bridgeport (AHL), December 26, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), August 8, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Ingolstadt (Germany), June, 2006.