Mat Bodie
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Mat Bodie

Hometown:

East St. Paul Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-03-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

165 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Mat Bodie was a team captain for the Winnipeg Thrashers midget AAA that won a silver medal at the 2008 Telus Cup. In seven games at the Telus Cup he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Bodie skated for the BCHL’s Powell River Kings along with his older brother Kyle Bodie and was named the Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year. He scored 1 goal with 41 assists and 41 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games. The Kings reached the BCHL finals; falling to Vernon in a six-game series. Bodie scored 2 goals with 12 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games.

2009-10: Named a team captain in his second season with Powell River, Bodie was one of the BCHL’s top defensemen and played for Canada West in the 2009 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 8 goals with 34 assists and 37 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games. Powell River finished first in the Coastal Division and reached the BCHL playoff finals; losing to Vernon for the second straight season. Bodie was the leading scorer for the Kings in the playoffs, finishing with 9 goals, 22 assists and 23 penalty minutes in 23 playoff games. In five games for Canada West at the WJAC he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Bodie committed to re-joining his brother Kyle Bodie at Union College in 2010-11.

2010-11: Bodie set the Union College record for points by a defenseman (32) in his freshman season. He scored 6 goals with 26 assists and was +27 with 18 penalty minutes; skating in all 40 games for the Dutchmen. Union finished first in ECAC Hockey and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to Colgate in a three-game ECAC quarterfinal series. The Dutchmen lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0, in a NCAA East regional semifinal game.

2011-12: Bodie was the leading scorer amongst Union College defensemen for the second straight season in his sophomore year in Schenectady. He scored 8 goals with 21 assists and was +18 with 32 penalty minutes in 39 games. The Dutchmen finished first in ECAC Hockey and captured the league tournament title. Union defeated Michigan State and Massachusetts-Lowell in the NCAA East regional tournament to reach the Frozen Four; falling to Ferris State, 3-1, in a semifinal game.

2012-13: Bodie was one of three defensemen to top 20 points for Union in his junior season. He scored 6 goals with 18 assists for 24 points, third amongst Dutchmen defensemen behind Greg Coburn (28) and Shayne Gostisbehere (24). Union finished fourth in ECAC Hockey in the regular season but captured the league’s playoff title to earn its third straight NCAA berth. The Dutchmen topped defending national champion Boston College, 5-1, in the East Regional semifinals before falling to ECAC rival Quinnipiac.

2013-14: Bodie matched his career high with 8 goals and had 31 assists in 40 games as Union won a national championship in his senior season. Bodie was a team captain and was +28 with 57 penalty minutes. After losing back-to-back games in January the Dutchmen went 16-0-1 in their final 17 games, finishing first in ECAC Hockey and then winning the ECAC Hockey and Frozen Four tournament titles. The Rangers signed Bodie to a one-year entry-level contract on April 15th, 2014.

2014-15: Bodie skated for Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford in his first pro season. The second-leading scorer amongst Wolfpack defensemen behind Conor Allen, he scored 5 goals with 27 assists and was +11 with 42 penalty minutes in 75 regular season games. Hartford finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Bodie scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He was re-signed to one-year contract by the Rangers as a restricted free agent in July 2015.

2015-16: Bodie was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford in his second pro season. He scored 7 goals, sharing the team lead in assists (29) with forward Marek Hrivik and was +6 with 38 penalty minutes in 73 games. The Wolf Pack finished fifth in the Atlantic Division, missing the AHL playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

A rather lean offensive defenseman with good hockey sense, Bodie continues to progress in developing defensive instincts.

Future

Bodie skated for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack in 2015-16 in his second season in the Rangers' organization. One of the older prospects in the system, the 26-year-old is an effective offensive defenseman at the minor pro level but has yet to crack the lineup in New York. Bodie plays a game similar to former Union College teammate Shayne Gostisbehere though he is not as dynamic a skater. He may have to head elsewhere to receive an NHL opportunity.

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