Draft: Anaheim 1996 (2-35-2)
Acquired: July 17, 2007 from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third-round pick in 2008
First NHL Game: October 27, 1997 in a 2-2 Anaheim tie at Toronto
First NHL Point: November 2, 1997 in a 4-3 Anaheim loss at Detroit (assist)
First NHL Goal: January 21, 1998 in an 8-3 Anaheim win vs. Florida
Most Goals, Game: 3 - February 22, 2009 in a 5-2 Carolina win vs. n
Most Assists, Game: 4 - December 15, 2002 in a 5-0 Anaheim win vs. Pittsburgh
Most Points, Game: 4 - 2 times (Last: December 15, 2002 in a 5-0 Anaheim win vs. Pittsburgh
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 6 - 2 times (Last: March 8, 2003 in a 4-0 Florida loss vs. Buffalo
Shootout Stats: 25 attempts, 11 goals (44%), 4 game-deciding goals.
Matt and his wife, Bridget, have two sons, Brooks (3) and Wyatt (1)… The Cullens spend their off-seasons in Fargo, ND and have two dogs, Buddy and Lucy… Matt enjoys golf and wiffle ball during the summer… He has his own charity organization, Cully’s Kids, which provides financial resources to organizations that support children’s healthcare needs… Cully’s Kids Celebrity Weekend is held in Fargo each July and includes a golf tournament and poker tournament… Matt’s first youth team was the Moorhead Squirt Orange his favorite team was the Minnesota North Stars… His favorite movie is The Natural, favorite TV show is SportsCenter and favorite book is “Into the Wild”… The most-played song on his iPod is “Rise” by Eddie Vedder… Matt’s most prized possession is his Stanley Cup ring… Matt says if he wasn’t playing professional hockey, he would be trying to play baseball somewhere… The person he would most like to meet is Muhammad Ali… He wears the number 8 because number 9 was unavailable with the Hurricanes franchise… His most memorable goal was the game-winner in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal… His favorite former teammate not currently with the Hurricanes is Doug Weight… He says the actor who would play him in a movie is Jason Lee… His favorite place to visit in the Triangle is Nina’s… Matt’s favorite road arena is the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota and favorite city is Chicago.
Completed his 11th NHL season and third with Carolina... Reached the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career, each of which have come in a Hurricanes sweater... Led the team in shooting percentage (15.8%), ranked fourth on the team in goals (22) and was tied for third among Hurricanes skaters in plus/minus (+11)... Was part of the scoring play on five of the Hurricanes’ eight shorthanded goals, leading the team in shorthanded goals (2-tied), assists (3) and points (5)... Missed the last eight games of the season with a lower-body injury... Had assists in seven of his last 10 games played (3/3-3/21: 3g, 9a)... Had 30 points in his last 30 games played (1/15-3/21: 13g, 17a)... Was 0-for-5 in the shootout and is 11-for-25 (44.0%) in his career... Scored two goals and earned an assist vs. NYI (3/20) for his third three-point effort of the season... Played in his 200th game with the Hurricanes and assisted on Corvo’s game-winning goal vs. NYR (3/9)... Had his second consecutive multi-assist game with two helpers vs. CGY (3/6)... Scored a shorthanded goal and earned a pair of assists at WSH (3/3)... Earned his first career NHL hat trick with three goals and was (+3) vs. COL (2/22)... The second goal marked his 400th career NHL point... Had a goal and an assist at PHX (2/7) for his fourth multi-point effort in five games... Beat Nabokov on a penalty shot for his first career penalty-shot goal at SJ (2/5)... Earned his second consecutive multi-point effort with a shorthanded goal and an assist on Whitney’s goal vs. ATL (1/31)... Scored his 11th goal of the season and assisted on LaRose’s shorthanded tally vs. TB (1/29)... Earned his second multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist vs. TOR (1/15)... Extended his point streak to four games with a goal vs. PIT (12/4)... Assisted Samsonov’s overtime game-winner at PHI (11/28)... Assisted on the Hurricanes’ lone goal vs. PHI (11/26)... Earned his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist vs. NSH (11/23)... Returned to action vs. WSH (11/12) after missing five games with a leg injury... Netted his fourth goal of the season and blocked three shots at MTL (10/28)... His goal at TB (10/11) marked his 100th point with the Hurricanes... Games missed due to injury: 13 (leg: 11/2-11/9; lower body: 3/23-4/11)... Longest goal streak: 2 games (10/10-10/11: 2g, 0a; 11/30-12/4: 2g, 0a; 1/29-1/31: 2g, 2a; 2/5-2/7: 2g, 2a; 2/17-2/19: 2g, 0a)... Longest assist streak: 5 games (1/29-2/7: 4g, 5a)... Longest point streak: 5 games (1/29-2/7: 4g, 5a)... Multi-goal games: 2 (last: 3/20 vs. NYI: 2g, 1a)... Multi-assist games: 2 (last: 3/6 vs. CGY: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 10 (3/20 vs. NYI: 2g, 1a).
Completed his fourth NHL playoff season and second with Carolina, skating in all 18 of the Hurricanes' postseason contests... Tallied his third goal of the playoffs in Game 3 vs. PIT (5/23)... Netted his second goal of the playoffs in Game 6 at BOS (5/12)... Scored Carolina's first shorthanded goal of the postseason in Game 2 at BOS (5/3)... Assisted on Ruutu's goal in Game 7 at NJ (4/28)... Assisted on Whitney's goal in Game 1 at NJ (4/15).
Is in his 12th NHL season and fourth with the Hurricanes… Is in the final year of a four-year contract.
1993-95: Was named AP High School Player of the Year in 1995, scoring 89 points (47g, 42a) in 28 games... Also named to the Minnesota All-State Teams in 1993-95... Participated in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1995, playing in all four games and scoring 0-2-2
1995-96: Was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team... Led the team in scoring that season with 41 points (12g, 29a) in 39 games... Scored five points in his first collegiate game... Was selected to play for the 1996 U.S. National Team, which competed in the World Junior Hockey Championships.... Scored four points (3g, 1a) in the tournament
1996-97: Was selected a first-team WCHA All-Star and named to the WCHA All-Academic Team while playing for St. Cloud State... Ranked seventh in the league in scoring with 45 points (15g, 30a)... His points and assists totals also led the team... Led the team in game-winning goals (5) and shorthanded goals (3)... Recorded his first collegiate hat trick vs. Minnesota-Duluth (11/8)... Signed an entry level contract with Anaheim on April 4, 1997 and was assigned to Baltimore (AHL)... Recorded an assist in his first game as a professional with the Bandits (4/4 vs. St. John’s)
1997-98: Among NHL rookie leaders, ranked tied for eighth in points (27) and fourth in assists (21)... Ranked sixth on Anaheim in scoring and fourth in assists despite playing in only 61 games... His 21 assists equaled club record for assists by a rookie (Kariya, 1994-95)... His 27 points were the second most by a rookie in club history (Kariya, 39 points in 1994-95)... Scored his first NHL goal vs. FLA (1/21) (Weekes)... Notched first career multi-point game with two assists vs. SJ (11/10) ... Recorded first NHL point with an assist on Teemu Selanne’s goal at DET (11/2)... Made NHL debut at TOR (10/28)... Set a Cincinnati (AHL) club record with an eight-game goal streak (1/6 - 2/14)... All eight games were also multi-point efforts (12g, 7a)... Was named PlanetUSA MVP of the AHL All-Star game, scoring two goals in the contest... Was named AHL Rookie of the Month for January with 17 points (11g, 6a) and a (+10) rating in seven games... Competed at the 1998 World Championships in Switzerland for the U.S... Tied for second on the team in scoring with three points (2g, 1a) in six games
1998-99: Appeared in his 100th NHL game vs. COL (1/27)... Made his NHL playoff debut at DET (4/21) in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals... Played with Team USA at the World Championships in Norway at the end of the season, scoring seven points (1g, 6a) in six games, good for second on the team
1999-00: Played in his 200th NHL game at SJ (2/29)... Set single-game career highs for points, assists and plus/minus with four points (1g, 3a) and a (+4) rating at WSH (10/19)
2000-01: Set then-career-highs in games played (82) and assists (30)... Recorded an assist (100th NHL point) at CGY (10/29)
2001-02: Led Anaheim in assists (30), ranking second in points (48) and third in goals (18)... His goal and point totals set then-career-highs, while his assist total tied a career-high... Had his first three NHL multi-goal games (all two-goal games)... Won 11-of-12 faceoffs vs. CAR (2/8), setting a single-game Anaheim club record for faceoff percentage in a game among players with at least 10 draws at 91 percent
2002-03: Tallied 33 points (13g, 20a) with 34 penalty minutes in 80 games, splitting the season between Anaheim and Florida... Scored first three points as a Panther with a goal and two assists at PIT (2/6), including his 200th career NHL point (assist)... Posted four assists in a game vs. PIT (12/15), setting career-high for assists in a game and tying career single-game mark for points... Tallied two points (1g, 1a) in six games with Team USA at the 2003 World Championships in Finland
2003-04: Tallied 19 points (6g, 13a) and 24 penalty minutes in 56 games...Played in his 500th NHL game vs. TB (3/6)... Missed 23 games due to injury (sports hernia: 10/15-11/29)
2004-05: Played in 36 regular-season games with Cortina of the Italian league, scoring a league-leading 27 goals and ranking second in the league with 60 points... His 33 regular-season assists ranked tied for second in the league... In Cortina’s 18-game playoff run, Cullen scored eight goals and earned 14 assists (22 points) as Cortina fell in the league championship series to Milan
2005-06: Established career-highs in goals (25) and points (49), skating in 78 games for Carolina... Ranked sixth on the team in goals (25) and third on the team in shots (214)... Was named “fan favorite” by the Hurricanes Booster Club... Carolina was 17-1-4 when he scored a goal... Registered his 100th career NHL goal and earned an assist at ATL (4/1)... Was a member of the “taxi squad” for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games... Missed four games with a fractured jaw after being placed on injured reserve on Jan. 28... Posted a six-game point-scoring streak from 1/17-1/26, tallying five goals and three assists over the span... Reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career with the game-winner at ATL (1/26)... Posted a career-high, four-game goal-scoring streak from 10/22-10/28, notching five goals over the span... Skated in 25 postseason contests, notching four goals and 14 assists for 18 points, helping the Carolina Hurricanes capture the Stanley Cup... Was tied for third among Hurricanes and tied for sixth in the NHL in playoff scoring with 18 points (four goals and 14 assists)... Ranked third on the team and fourth in the NHL in playoff assists (14)... Earned a pair of assists in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. EDM (6/19)... Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 1 of the Conference Quarterfinals vs. MTL (4/22)
2006-07: Skated in 80 games with the Rangers, registering 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points, along with 52 penalty minutes... Established career-highs in shorthanded goals (3), penalty minutes (52) and shots on goal (217)... Led the team and tied for fifth in the NHL with five shorthanded points... Tied for first on the team and tied for 10th in the league with three shorthanded goals... Tied for second on the team and tied for 13th in the league with two shootout game-deciding goals... Tied for 14th among NHL centers with a 54.6 faceoff percentage... The Rangers posted a 22-7-2 record when he registered a point... Registered his 200th career assist vs. PHI (3/22)... Tallied two goals, including the game-winner, at MTL (1/6)... The second goal marked his 300th career NHL point... Missed two games due to a sprained knee that was suffered at TOR (12/16)... Played his 600th career NHL game vs. FLA (10/25)... Tallied a goal, his first as a Ranger, at PHI (10/7).
2007-08: Ranked tied for second on the team in assists (36), despite missing 23 games over the course of the season due to a head injury... Was third on the team in power-play goals (8) and fourth on the team in power-play assists (15) and power-play points (23)... Established a career high in assists (36) and matched his career high in points (49)... Was 2-for-3 in the shootout this season and is 11-for-20 in the shootout in his career... Returned to action vs. TB (4/2) after missing seven consecutive games with a head injury... Scored his 12th goal of the season and assisted on Cole’s game-winner vs. MIN (3/6)... Netted a pair of first-period goals and earned an assist vs. WSH (2/23)... Returned after missing seven games with vision problems and assisted on Brookbank’s goal vs. FLA (2/16)... Assisted on Walker’s shorthanded goal before leaving the game after a hit by Colton Orr resulted in a broken nose at NYR (12/26)... Netted his eighth goal of the season, scored in the shootout and was (+3) at PHI (12/15)... Scored a power-play goal, earned two assists and was named second star of the game vs. CGY (12/14)... Matched his season high with three assists at MTL (12/8)... Played his 700th NHL game at TB (12/6)... Earned a pair of assists in his first game back at Madison Square Garden vs. NYR (12/3)... Had three points - all on the power-play - with a goal and two assists vs. PHI (11/21), his 100th game with the Hurricanes... Assisted on Whitney’s goal vs. TB (11/8) to match Brind’Amour’s Hurricanes record (since relocation in 1997-98) by earning an assist in his eighth consecutive game... Had a goal and an assist, each on the power play, and was named first star vs. FLA (11/3)... Earned three assists at NYI (10/27)... Scored the game-winning goal at MTL (10/13)... Earned his first points since returning to the Hurricanes with a goal and two assists and was named first star at TOR (10/9).