Birthday boy, Jon Matsumoto, and I have something in common…besides our unruly hair. We were both blessed to have spent a few glorious years in the flat, frozen, wind tunnel known as Bowling Green State University. I will resist going on a Ziggy Zumba, Mr. Spots, Junction, Polly Eye rant as today is Matsy’s day.
Jonathan Matsumoto was born October 13, 1986 in Ottawa, ON. He performed in 110 contests with Bowling Green over three seasons, claimed 49 goals, and 64 helpers. That’s right…113 points in 110 games. Matsumoto was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 79th overall). The Falcons lost their super star forward after his junior year as Matsumoto began playing with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2007.
Jon tied for first in goals (29) and second for his 63 points among the Phantoms in 2008-09. In the following season, the AHL All-Star led the Phantoms in scoring with 62 points.
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Matsy on June 26, 2010 and he made his NHL debut against the Flyers on November 1, 2010. His first NHL goal came shortly after on November 3rd against the Islanders.
The 25 year old continued to shine in 2010-11 with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, Charlotte Checkers. In 65 showdowns, the center snagged 48 points (20g,28a). He also tied his career-best with four game-winners, including a playoff game-winning goal against Wilkes-Barre.
Mr. Matsumoto has clearly worked hard and deserves some fantastic birthday gifts (too bad these won’t be real).
- Lifetime supply of Shake ‘n Bake
- A day to hang out with Linkin Park, including VIP seats to a show
- A Super Bowl Championship for the Colts this year. (Ok, that was painful to write. Go Brownies!)
- A private jet so he can quickly return home to his girlfriend after road trips.
- Mostly importantly, a safe and successful 2011-12 season. Happy Birthday Matsy!
Let’s Go Checkers! Let’s Go Canes!
Next up in the birthday department is Matt Pistilli (Oct. 17th), and Eric Staal (October 29th…Wooo!).
*Player information and statistics from ahl.com and nhl.com.