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Born December 19, 1983 (1983-12-19) (age 26),
Mississauga, ON, CAN
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 57th overall, 2002
Toronto Maple Leafs
Career 2002 – present

Matthew Stajan (born December 19, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Matthew is of Slovenian descent.


Hockey career


Minor leagues

Stajan attended St. Timothy's Elementary School and Iona Catholic Secondary School.[1] As a young hockey player, Stajan played for such minor organizations as The Toronto Red Wings and Mississauga Senators.

He was drafted 79th overall by the Belleville Bulls in the 2000 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection. After scoring 33 goals and 52 assists with the Bulls, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with the 57th overall selection. Stajan played one game in Toronto at the end of the junior campaign, in which he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot against the Ottawa Senators' goalie Martin Prusek.


At the age of 20, Stajan was able to make the Maple Leafs' roster. In his first full NHL regular-season, he was selected to the NHL All-Star Young Stars team as a forward after Atlanta Thrasher's Garnet Exelby had to step out of the game due to an injury. Stajan had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in the game.

While the 2004–05 NHL season was canceled due to the lockout, Stajan played for the St. John's Maple Leafs, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During the 2005–06 season, Stajan tied Marián Hossa for first place with eight shorthanded points (four goals, four assists).[2] On September 13, 2006, the Leafs signed Stajan to a two-year deal worth $1.75 million.[3]

On July 7, 2008, Stajan re-signed with the Leafs inking a two-year, $3.5 million deal.[4]

During the 2008–09 NHL season, Stajan passed a career high on an assist with his 40th point of the season in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 19, 2009.

Stajan wears the uniform #14 which he selected in honour of his uncle Robert. Robert wore #14 during his basketball career before passing away from cancer at the age of 22.[5] Leafs legend Dave Keon, who played for the Leafs during their last Stanley Cup victory in the 1966–67 NHL season, also wore #14. He distanced himself from the franchise during the Harold Ballard era, and held a grudge because his number was never retired. Stajan has stated that if the Leafs wanted to retire the number, he would immediately surrender it.[5]

During the 2008–09 season, he would score a career high in points, leading the team in points for most of the season, but teammate Jason Blake would beat him.

Stajan is the Player Representative for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).

International play

Stajan was a member of Team Canada in 2003 World Junior Championships.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Belleville Bulls OHL 57 9 18 27 27 7 1 6 7 5
2001–02 Belleville Bulls OHL 68 33 52 85 50 11 3 8 11 14
2002–03 Belleville Bulls OHL 57 34 60 94 75 7 5 8 13 16
2002–03 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 14 13 27 22 3 0 0 0 2
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 80 23 43 66 43 5 2 2 4 6
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 15 12 27 50
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 10 29 39 44
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 16 17 33 47
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 15 40 55 54
NHL totals 390 71 111 182 217 3 0 0 0 2


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