Matt Pelech
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Matt Pelech


Toronto Ontario

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Free agent signing, 2011


220 lbs.

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2004-05: In the 6’4 220 lb defenseman’s sophomore season with the Sarnia Sting, he appeared in only 31 games due to two fighting incidents that ended in two broken jaws for Pelech. He had a goal and five assists with 74 PIMS in the games he dressed.  Despite Pelech’s rough season, the Calgary Flames selected the big defenseman 26th overall in the 2005 NHL draft.
2005-06: Pelech would start the year with Sarnia, but would be traded after 18 games to the London Knights, the eventual OHL regular season champions. In 52 total games that year, Pelech would add 10 points (1G, 9A) and 139 PIMS to his OHL resume.
2006-07: After two moves last season, Pelech moved again, this time to Belleville (OHL). In 58 games he scored a career high five goals and 35 points, along with a personal best 171 penalty minutes. He’ll join up with the Quad City Flames (AHL) next season.
2007-08: This marked the defenseman’s first season with the Quad City Flames (AHL) and his first true look as a professional hockey player. In 77 games he tallied three goals and nine points, racking up 141 penalty minutes along the way.



2008-09: The blue-liner ended up with the same offensive totals he finished with during his rookie campaign with Quad City (AHL), which saw Pelech tally three goals and six assists in 59 games; he racked up 130 penalty minutes, an AHL low for the D-man. He also skated with Calgary this season, registering three assists in five games with the Flames; this was Pelech’s first look at NHL hockey. Expect to see him with the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) for 2009-10.

2009-10: Pelech was limited to 42 games with Abbotsford in his third pro season due to injury. When healthy, he often found himself on the ice against the opposition's top forwards and was a very capable shut-down defender. Pelech was +7 with 125 PMs for the Heat and chipped in offensively with 2 goals and 8 assists. Abbotsford finished third in the North Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Pelech skated in all 13 playoff games and was +2 with 4 assists and 31 PMs. Pelech was re-signed by Calgary to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2011.

2010-11: Pelech was an assistant captain for Abbotsford in his fourth AHL season and led the Heat in penalty minutes despite skating in just 59 games. He missed all of November after suffering an early season shoulder injury and received a two-game suspension later in the year. Pelech had 198 PMs (including 17 fighting majors) and was -9 with 3 goals and 2 assists. Abbotsford finished five points out of the playoffs in the Western Conference.

2011-12: Pelech had a good fifth season in the AHL and first year with the Worcester Sharks. He finished the year having scored one goal along with seven assists and an even rating while taking 168 PIMs (16 fighting majors) in 59 AHL games. The big defenseman earned the Worcester Sharks, 2012 Unsung Hero award this year.


Talent Analysis

A big, strong, stay at home defensive prospect. He has decent skating ability and an overall skill set to play in the show, but has to learn to make better in game decisions.


Pelech re-signed with the Sharks' organization for another year and will most likely play in the AHL with Worcester for the upcoming season. He will be asked again to mentor the younger defensemen and set the example as the team's Alternate captain.