Matt Donovan
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 05/09/1990
DRAFTED: NYI: 2008-96 overall
Selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft. Agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract on March 30, 2011. Accepted a qualifying offer on July 15, 2014.


Scored 16 points (2g/14a) in 52 games during his rookie season with the Islanders...Recorded six power-play points (1g/5a)...Also appeared in 27 games with Bridgeport (AHL), scoring 21 points (7g/14a), including four power-play goals...Broke training camp with the Islanders and recorded his first career point (1a) in the season opener on Oct. 4 at New Jersey...Scored his first career goal on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix...Returned on loan to Bridgeport on Nov. 28 after appearing in 22 games...Recalled from Bridgeport on Jan. 2 after recording 14 points in 17 AHL games...Returned to Bridgeport on Jan. 27 after 10 NHL games, but was recalled from Bridgeport the next day on Jan. 28...Recorded an assist at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29 vs. NY Rangers...Loaned to Bridgeport on Feb. 8...Recalled from Bridgeport on Mar. 5...Recorded his first two-point game (1g/1a) on Mar. 27 at Tampa Bay.

Tied for the American Hockey League lead amongst defensemen (with Oklahoma City’s Justin Schultz) with 48 points (14g/34a) in 75 games during his second season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers...Finished third on the team in scoring, four points shy of team-leader Brock Nelson...Led Bridgeport in assists and ranked third in goals...Tied for second amongst AHL defensemen in goals...Tied for first on the team with a plus-14 rating...Recorded 112 penalty minutes, fifth highest on Bridgeport...Ranked third on the team with 151 shots on goal...Represented the Sound Tigers at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence...Began the month of February with a six-game point streak (2g/5a) from Feb. 1-17...Became the first defenseman in Sound Tigers history to record four points in one game (1g/3a) vs. Worcester on Apr. 4...Recorded three assists at Syracuse on Apr. 12...Scored his 25th career goal as a Sound Tiger on Apr. 16 vs. Portland, breaking Bruno Gervais’ record for most goals by a Bridgeport defenseman...Finished the season with 98 points in 153 career games with the Sound Tigers, second most by a defenseman in team history...Ranks ninth in Sound Tigers history with 73 assists and second among defensemen.  2011-12: Led Bridgeport defensemen in scoring and ranked third overall on the team with 45 points (10g/35a) in 72 games during his rookie AHL season...Finished fourth among AHL defensemen in scoring and earned 2011-12 AHL All-Rookie First Team Honors...Made his NHL debut with the Islanders on Apr. 3 at New Jersey and played in the final three games of the season...Led the Sound Tigers in games played with 72, missing only four games (one due to suspension, three due to NHL recall)...Posted two goals and 10 assists in 11 January games.

Helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships (Saskatoon and Regina)....Earned all-tournament honors for the gold-medal winning U.S. Team at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alberta...Also skated with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished fifth in the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic.

2010-11: Led University of Denver defensemen in scoring with 32 points (9g/23a), appearing in all 42 games during his sophomore season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association...Named to the All-WCHA Second Team, the Inside College Hockey All-America Third Team and the All-U.S. College Hockey Online Third Team…Tied for fourth amongst WCHA blueliners in scoring with 21 points (4g/17a) in 28 league games...Led Denver with 64 penalty minutes and 101 blocked shots...Ranked third on the team with a plus-17 rating…Recorded seven multi-point games...Named to the Red Baron WCHA Final Five and NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament teams…Named to the All-WCHA Academic Team...Finished his DU career with 53 points (16g/37a) in 78 games…Signed an Amateur Tryout Contract with Bridgeport and appeared in six games, scoring five points (1g/4a)...Made his professional debut on Apr. 1 at Springfield...Recorded his first pro point (assist) on Apr. 2 at Binghamton...Scored his first pro goal on Apr. 10 vs. Albany.  2009-10: Played in 36 games as a freshman at the University of Denver, tallying 21 points (7g/14a)...Named an Inside College Hockey Freshman All-American, an All-College Hockey News Rookie Team member and an All-WCHA Rookie Team honoree...Led all WCHA rookie blueliners with seven goals...Ranked sixth in WCHA rookie scoring and tied for fifth with 15 points (4g/11a) in 26 league games...Finished second on the team with 49 blocked shots and added 131 hits...Earned Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week honors on Mar. 3...Tallied a career-high three points (1g/2a) at Wisconsin on Jan. 23...Recorded five multi-point games...Recorded a plus-9 rating.  2008-09: Played in the United States Hockey League with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders...Named to the USHL All-Star Team after scoring 51 points (19g/32a) in 57 games...Added a team-leading 10 power-play goals and 43 penalty minutes...Played in the 2009 USHL Prospects All-Star Game...Was a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree.  2007-08: Led Cedar Rapids defensemen in goals (12) and points (30)...Posted a team-high plus-19 rating...His nine power-play goals ranked second on the team...Earned All-USHL Rookie Team honors...Was a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree...Tallied points in eight straight games from Jan. 13 - Feb. 1 (6g/3a).