Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Christian Matte
A productive scorer in junior and the minors, right-winger Christian Matte has chiefly been an NHL farmhand since turning pro in 1996-97. Blessed with quick hands and anticipation, he struggled to get open when faced with the superior big league checking.

Born in Hull, Quebec, Matte starred in the QAAA with the Abitibi Forestiers in 1991-92. He then moved on to the QMJHL's Granby Bisons where he hit the 50-goal mark in two of his three seasons and was taken 153rd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1993. The young talent was also placed on the league's second all-star team in 1994.

During his first full year as a pro, Matte represented a solid addition to the Cornwall Aces of the AHL. The Colorado Avalanche retained his rights after the Quebec franchise relocated. Beginning in 1996-97, he was an offensive leader on the Hershey Bears of the AHL while seeing a few games of action with Colorado. Matte scored eight goals in 1997 while helping the Bears win the Calder Cup and led the AHL in scoring three years later when he was placed on the league's first all-star team.

In July 2000, Matte felt he had a better chance at playing in the NHL when he signed with the expansion Minnesota Wild. He ended up spending most of the season in the IHL with the Cleveland Lumberjacks and led the league with 38 goals. Matte entered the 2001-02 season hoping to make an impression on the Buffalo Sabres' brass after signing as a free agent.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Abitibi Forestiers QAAA 42 18 27 45 30 4 1 0 1 0
1992-93 Granby Bisons QMJHL 68 17 36 53 56
1993-94 Granby Bisons QMJHL 59 50 47 97 103 7 5 5 10 12
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Granby Bisons QMJHL 66 50 66 116 86 13 11 7 18 12
1994-95 Cornwall Aces AHL 3 0 1 1 2
1995-96 Cornwall Aces AHL 64 20 32 52 51 7 1 1 2 6
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 1 1 2 0 +1
1996-97 Hershey Bears AHL 49 18 18 36 78 22 8 3 11 25
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 6 0
1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 71 33 40 73 109 -3 7 3 2 5 4
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7 1 1 2 0 -2
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 60 31 47 78 48 +3 5 2 1 3 8
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 1 1 4 -2
1999-00 Hershey Bears AHL 73 43 61 104 85 -5 14 8 6 14 10
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
2000-01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 58 38 29 67 59 +11 4 1 1 2 0
2001-02 Rochester Americans AHL 72 22 29 51 48 +5 2 0 0 0 0
2002-03 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 44 22 25 47 49 12 5 3 8 14
2003-04 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 12 3 6 9 12
2003-04 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 6 3 4 7 0
2003-04 GCK Lions Zurich Swiss-2 3 1 2 3 4
NHL Totals 25 2 3 5 12


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1993)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1994)
AHL First All-Star Team (2000)
John P. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (2000)
Rights transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 11, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, August 2, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Zurich (Swiss), June 14, 2002.