Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Johnny Matz
Center Johnny Matz spent the 1924-25 season with the Montreal Canadiens. He was better known as an accomplished pro in the Western Canada and Prairie leagues.

The Nebraska native ventured to Alberta in his teens and ended up in Edmonton with the Hustlers and Dominos of the Big 4 senior league. In 1921-22 he turned pro with the Edmonton Eskimos of the WCHL and later toiled for the Saskatoon Crescents.

In November 1924, Matz was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for cash. He scored three goals and checked well on a line with Odie Cleghorn and Fern Headley. The efficient trio helped the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final where they lost to the Victoria Cougars. Injuries kept Matz from building on this success and he was forced to sit out the 1925-26 season. He returned in 1926 and was a solid playmaker and checker for the Prairie League's Moose Jaw Maroons before retiring in 1928.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1911-12 Edmonton YMCA ESrHL 6 5 0 5 0
1911-12 Edmonton Maritimers ESrHL 3 3 0 3 5
1912-13 Edmonton Dominions ESrHL 7 7 0 7 4
1913-14 Grand Forks Clubs BCBHL
1914-15 Grand Forks Clubs BCBHL
1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 1 1 0 1 0
1915-16 Rossland Seniors WKHL
1916/19
1919-20 Edmonton Hustlers Big-4 12 11 3 14 8
1920-21 Edmonton Dominions Big-4 16 1 2 3 9
1921-22 Edmonton Eskimos WCHL 24 4 1 5 2 2 0 0 0 0
1922-23 Edmonton Eskimos WCHL 4 0 0 0 4
1922-23 Saskatoon Sheiks WCHL 24 4 3 7 6
1923-24 Saskatoon Crescents WCHL 24 2 1 3 4
1924-25 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
1924-25 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 0 0 0 2
1925-26
1926-27 Moose Jaw Maroons PrHL 32 1 10 11 62
1927-28 Moose Jaw Maroons PrHL 28 3 3 6 44
NHL Totals 30 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0


Signed as a free agent by Grand Forks (BCBHL), November 24, 1913. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver (PCHA), November 17, 1914.
Re-instated as an amateur, December, 1919. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WCHL), December 5, 1921. Traded to Saskatoon (WCHL) by Edmonton (WCHL) for Rube Brandow, January 1, 1923. Traded to Montreal by Saskatoon (WCHL) for cash, November 25, 1924. Signed as a free agent by Moose Jaw (PrHL), November 19, 1926.