Matthew left home at the age of fifteen years old to pursue his hockey career in Gatineau where he played Midget AAA hockey. He then spent the next four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league playing for the Victoriaville Tigers.
In 2003, Matthew moved on to reach his goal of playing in the NHL for the Calgary Flames, where he was an important part of the 2004 Stanley Cup run. Matthew went on to play in the NHL for 9 seasons before heading overseas to play in Europe. During that time he had the opportunity to represent Canada twice at the World Championships, winning a gold and silver medal. He also captained the Canadian team to a gold medal at the Spengler Cup, after having won 2 previous Spengler Cup’s with his Switzerland Club Genève-Servette of the NLA. Matthew officially retired from the game in the fall of 2016.
Matt has always considered himself a “student of the game”, always trying to learn and find ways to improve. This passion lead him to co-found Westlake Hockey Development and become a shareholder in his former Junior hockey team, the Victoriaville Tigers. He uses these avenues to help young aspiring hockey players to achieve their goals by teaching and sharing what he has learned throughout his long and successful career.