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Born August 31, 1981 (1981-08-31) (age 28),
Welland, ON, CAN
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Career 2003 – present

Matt Ellis (born August 31, 1981, in Welland, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey left winger. He currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.


Professional career


Minor league hockey

Ellis started play in the OHL with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in 1998. He quickly learned the speed and style of the game, as he started producing goals and assists right away. Each year with the Majors saw Ellis improving his point totals, from 18 the first year, onto 35,45, and finishing with 38 goals and 51 assists for 89 total points in his final year with Toronto, helping them with the Central Division title.

The Detroit Red Wings came calling and signed Ellis as a free agent on May 10, 2002. He was sent to play on the Wings' farm team the Toledo Storm in the ECHL where he posted 59 points in the regular season and tacked on eight points in the Storms' short playoff run.

Reaching the AHL

In the following season, Ellis was quickly brought up to the AHL to join the Grand Rapids Griffins and tallied his first AHL point on October 24, 2003 with an assist on the game-winning goal versus the Utah Grizzlies. Ellis again took time to adjust to the faster pace but soon found his place with the team. Each year his point totals went up and in the 2005–06 season, Ellis was named captain; the youngest captain ever in Griffins' history. This gave him the needed confidence to continue his growth as a player, which Ellis summed up when he had this to say about his captaincy:

"It’s definitely a big factor. You can totally tell the difference when there’s a guy out there playing with confidence and when a guy’s unsure of himself. Being a fourth-year pro, it makes a huge difference. Each year, you come in with a little more confidence, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great players and coaches who were there to give me a pat on the back or help me out and keep me motivated."

When asked about the chance to play for the Red Wings, Ellis said:

"I’m hoping. Grand Rapids is a great place to learn and develop, but I’d like to get my feet wet in Detroit – for sure."

Detroit Red Wings

Ellis made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings on December 18, 2006 in a 4–3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Los Angeles Kings

Ellis was claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, 2008. He scored his first goal with the Kings, an empty-net goal, on March 13, 2008 against the Nashville Predators at Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Buffalo Sabres

Ellis was claimed off of waivers by the Buffalo Sabres on October 1, 2008. He played his first game with the team on October 15 against the New York Rangers. On December 18, 2008 after injuries to forwards on the Sabres Ellis was recalled for the second time this season.

Matt Ellis re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres inking a one year contract on July 9, 2009.

Awards and achievements

  • 2004–05: Matched a Grand Rapids Griffins record with four shorthanded goals
  • 2004–05: First player in Griffins history to score two shorthanded goals in a home game. (March 12, 2005 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs)
  • 2005–06: Named youngest captain in Grand Rapids Griffins' history

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 47 10 8 18 6
1999–00 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 59 15 20 35 20
2000–01 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 68 21 24 45 19 18 4 8 12 6
2001–02 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 66 38 51 89 20 15 8 6 14 6
2002–03 Toledo Storm ECHL 71 27 32 59 34 7 3 5 8 0
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 64 5 10 15 23 4 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 79 18 23 41 59
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 74 20 28 48 61 16 4 1 5 20
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 65 26 23 49 44 7 4 3 7 4
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 2 4 6 12
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 1 1 2 14
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 7 5 12 12
2008–09 Portland Pirates AHL 12 2 2 4 4
NHL totals 115 10 10 20 44

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