Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Carkner
Matt Carkner was born November 3, 1980 in Winchester, Ontario. The second round, 58th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Carkner played one season in the EOJBHL with the Winchester Hawks before moving on to the OHLs Peterborough Petes.

A hard-nosed defenseman, Carkner went on to play four seasons in Peterborough earning Most Improved Player honours for the OHLs Eastern Conference in 1998-99 before making his professional debut in 2001-02.

Following a strong junior career, Carkner saw his rights acquired by the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 2001 and over the course of the next four seasons continued to hone skills with the clubs AHL affiliate in Cleveland. Entering his fifth season with Cleveland in 2005-06, Carkner improved play impressed the Sharks brass enough to earn him his first game action in the NHL.

In the summer of 2006, Carkner was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The following season Carkner saw action in 75 games with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, tallying 30 points. He found himself again on the move in the summer of 2007 after he signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Winchester Hawks ON-Jr.B 29 1 18 19
1996-97 Brockville Braves ON-Jr.A 7 0 0 0 37 9 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Peterborough Petes OHL 57 0 6 6 121 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Peterborough Petes OHL 60 2 16 18 173 5 0 0 0 20
1999-00 Peterborough Petes OHL 62 3 13 16 177 +5 5 0 1 1 6
2000-01 Peterborough Petes OHL 53 8 8 16 128 +7 7 0 3 3 25
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 74 0 3 3 335 -3
2002-03 Cleveland Barons AHL 39 1 4 5 104 -12
2003-04 Cleveland Barons AHL 60 2 11 13 115 +18 9 0 3 3 39
2004-05 Cleveland Barons AHL 73 0 10 10 192 -5
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 1 1 2 0
2005-06 Cleveland Barons AHL 69 10 21 31 202 -16
2006-07 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 75 6 24 30 167 +3 8 1 0 1 19
2007-08 Binghamton Senators AHL 67 10 15 25 218 -1
2008-09 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Binghamton Senators AHL 67 3 18 21 210 +3
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 2 9 11 190 0 6 1 0 1 12
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 50 1 6 7 136 0
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 1 2 3 33 0 4 0 1 1 21
2011-12 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 0 1 1 11 0
2012-13 New York Islanders NHL 22 0 2 2 46 -2 4 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 184 4 20 24 407 14 1 2 3 35


Yanick Dupre Memorial Award (AHL - Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution) (2007) Signed as a free agent by San Jose, June 6, 2001.
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to knee injury vs. Utah (AHL), January 4, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 23, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 3, 2007. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 1. 2012. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to knee surgery, October 3, 2011 and as a healthy reserve. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to wrist injury vs. Pittsburgh, February 5, 2013 and as a healthy reserve.