Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Walker
Matt Walker was born on April 7, 1980 in Beaverlodge, Alberta. The big defenseman played his junior hockey with the Portland Winter Hawks and the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. Walker was selected 83rd overall by the St. Louis Blues at the 1998 NHL entry draft.

Walker spent the first ten years of his professional career in the Blues system, splitting time between St. Louis and their AHL affiliates in Worcester and Peoria.

On July 7, 2008, Walker signed with the Chicago Blackhawks as an unrestricted free agent. The following summer, Walker found himself again unrestricted and he would again be on the move. This time signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In the summer of 2010, Walker was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers as the key piece in a trade that saw the Lightning acquire sniper Simon Gagne.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Grand Prairie Selects AAHA 68 22 62 74 186
1997-98 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 2 13 15 124 +25 16 0 0 0 21
1997-98 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 1 10 11 151 -16 4 0 1 1 6
1999-00 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 38 2 7 9 97 -5
1999-00 Kootenay Ice WHL 31 4 19 23 53 +4 21 5 13 18 24
2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 61 4 8 12 131 +10 11 0 0 0 6
2000-01 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 8 1 0 1 70 +1
2001-02 Worcester IceCats AHL 49 2 11 13 164 +5 3 0 0 0 8
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 0 1 1 38 0
2002-03 Worcester IceCats AHL 40 1 8 9 58 +15
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 0 1 1 25 0 4 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Worcester IceCats AHL 4 0 1 1 7 -2
2004-05 Worcester IceCats AHL 20 2 4 6 44 +1
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 0 2 2 79 -7
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 0 5 5 72 +7
2006-07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 0 1 1 0 +1
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 1 1 2 61 -3
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 13 14 79 +7 17 0 2 2 14
2009-10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 2 3 5 90 -11
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 4 0
2010-11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 11 0 2 2 8 +3
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 16 -2
2011-12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 33 1 4 5 41 +3
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
NHL Totals 314 4 26 30 464 21 0 2 2 14


Traded to Kootenay (WHL) by Portland (WHL) for Jesse Ferguson, January 10, 2000.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to groin injury in training camp, September 23, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 7, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2009. Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (Marcel Noebels) in 2011 Entry Draft for Simon Gagne, July 19, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to pre-season hip injury. Missed 2012-13 due to recurring back and hip injuries.