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Matt Pettinger
Matt Pettinger
Left Wing
Number: 18
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 22, 1980
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Drafted: WSH / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (43rd overall)
An eighth-year professional who has spent his entire career with the Capitals.

Fourth on the team in scoring with 32 points (16g-16a) … Ten of his 16 goals came at home … Nearly half of his points came in the third period (6-8-14) … Team was 8-4-2 when he scored a goal and 16-8-4 when he had a point … Second on the team and tied for 10th in the NHL with three SHGs … Two of his goals were GWGs … Scored the Capitals’ first goal of a game six times … Missed the first seven games of the season with an injury … Made his season debut at COL (10/25) and had two assists … Scored 10 goals in a 16-game span from 11/6-12/9, including a career-best three-game goal-scoring streak (11/11-11/15, 3g) … Had a career-best five-game point-scoring streak from 11/25-12/6 (4g-4a) … Scored twice in a 7-4 win vs. BUF (12/2) … Suffered a broken thumb vs. TB (3/1) and missed 10 games … Returned to the lineup at MTL (3/24).

2005-06: Tied for third on the team with 20 goals and sixth with 38 points in 71 games … His goal, assist (18) and point totals established career highs, while he matched his career high in GP … Led the team and ranked tied for third in the NHL with five SHGs … Scored 10 of his 20 goals in the third period, with six coming in the final 10 minutes … Was named one of the game’s three stars seven times, third-best on the team behind Alex Ovechkin and Olie Kolzig … Averaged 15:28 of ice time, including seven games over 20:00 … Scored goals in back-to-back games five times … Had a pair of four-game point-scoring streaks (11/22-11/27, 3g-1a, and 1/26-2/3, 1g-4a) … Scored on his first career penalty shot attempt vs. TB (11/23) … Was +10 in a 13-game stretch, without a minus game in that time (11/6-12/3) … Recorded the first multiple-goal game of his career at TOR (2/28) including his third SHG … Played his 200th career game 3/18 at FLA … Assisted on Alex Ovechkin’s 50th goal of the season vs. ATL (4/13) … Scored two goals, including his 20th of the season, 4/17 vs. ATL.
2004-05: Played for Olimpija Hertz Ljubljana in Slovenia … Played one game in the Slovenian league, posting one assist … Skated in seven games against international competition, recording two goals and four assists.
2003-04: Appeared in 71 games for the Capitals, recording a then-career high 12 points (7g-5a) … Tallied his first goal of the season 10/17 at DAL … Missed 11 games due to an injury from 11/1-11/24 … Appeared in his 100th NHL/Capitals game 1/1 vs. NJ … Tallied the GWG vs. NJ on 2/19 to start a three-game point streak (2/19-2/23, 1g-2a) … Scored goals in consecutive games, a career first, on 3/24 and 3/27 (2g) … Recorded a career-high +3 rating 3/30 vs. PIT … Ended the season on a two-game assist streak (4/3-4/4, 2a).
2002-03: Appeared in one game for the Capitals and 69 with Portland (AHL), recording 27 points (14g-13a) … Started the season in Washington and was reassigned 10/15 … Recorded two assists in three AHL playoff games.
2001-02: Appeared in 61 games for the Capitals, recording 10 points (7g-3a), and nine games for Portland, posting six points (3g-3a) … Finished third on the Capitals in hits (99) … Began the year in Portland, but was recalled 10/23 … Recorded his first NHL goal 11/13 at OTT … Recorded three shots, a +2 rating and the GWG 11/17 vs. ANA … Set a career high and a season team high with 17 PIM 11/23 vs. NYR.
2000-01: His first professional season, appeared in 10 games with the Capitals and 64 with Portland, recording 36 points (19g-17a) … Ranked seventh on Portland in points and fifth in goals … Tied for first on the team in PIM (92) … Recalled from Portland (11/23) and made his NHL debut the next night vs. NYI.

Junior/College Career
1999-00: Split the season between the University of Denver (WCHA), playing 19 games and recording eight points (2g-6a) and Calgary (WHL), playing 27 games and recording 20 points (14g-6a) … Appeared in 11 playoff games for Calgary, posting two goals and six assists … Won a bronze medal with Canada at the World Junior Championship.
1998-99: Appeared in 33 games for Denver, recording 20 points (6g-14a) … Ranked eighth on the team in scoring as a freshman.
1997-98: In his second season with Victoria of the BCHL, recorded 42 points (22g-20a) in 55 GP … Scored five goals and added an assist in seven playoff games.
1996-97: Played 49 games as a BCHL rookie for Victoria, recording 22 goals and 14 assists.

Has represented Canada in two international competitions.
2006: Scored one goal in eight games at the 2006 World Championship in Latvia.
2000: Helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship … Scored four goals in seven games.

Selected by the Capitals in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft.

Joined Right To Play as an athlete ambassador in September 2006 … Involved with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation … Spends time in the offseason fishing and playing golf and squash … Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods … Resides in Victoria, British Columbia.