Wednesday, July 15, 2009
July by the Numbers reaches midway with #15 from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Matt Niskanen was the Dallas Stars first round choice, #28 overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played 13 games for the late Iowa Stars of the AHL at the conclusion of his second college hockey season in 2006-07.
His NHL career started in 2007-08, as he made the Stars right out of training camp and went on to appear in 78 games, ranking first in rookie defensemen with a +22.
Niskanen, a defenseman, has scored 13 goals and 48 assists in his two seasons in Dallas.
The Virginia, Minnesota native competed for the United States in the 2006 World Junior Tournament while attending the University of Minnesota Duluth for two seasons, 2005-06 and 2006-07, when he was named to the All-WCHA First Team. His final college scoring line for his two seasons playing for the Bulldogs stands at 10 goals and 35 assists in 77 games.
The jersey I am featuring today is a K1 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Alternate Matt Niskanen jersey.
K1 jerseys are made "to be worn with pads", and therefore run a size larger than just about every other jersey manufacturer.