Matt Waddell
Matt  Waddell


Armstrong, British Columbia

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 210


Family Financial Planning

Played for the Vernon Vipers with OSU classmate Tyson Strachan in 2002-03 ... favorite hockey player is Ed Jovanovski of the Vancouver Canucks because he plays on the edge with an offensive flare ... Favorites: Book - The Client; Music - hip hop; Music Group - Swollen Members; Movie - Man on Fire; Television Shows - Family Guy and The Daily Show; Television Channel - MTV; Actress - Angelina Jolie; Actor - Ben Stiller; Team - Vancouver Canucks; Professional Athlete - Lance Armstrong; Sportscaster - Jim Houston; Meal - steak and sweet potato ... attracted to Ohio State because he "thought the facilities were unreal, was really comfortable with the coaching staff and liked the idea of going to a Big Ten school" ... started playing hockey at age 4 because of his father, who played juniors in Saskatchewan ... used to work at a golf resort in Vernon during the summer ... favorite courses at Ohio State were Russian and art education ... most interesting place he's visited is Scotland, would like to visit Australia ... would like to eat dinner with Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe ... dream car is a Hummer H2.

Ohio State Career 2004 and 2005 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, as well as an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2005 ... three-time CCHA Defenseman of the Week ... 2005 Ohio Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team.

2005-06 (Junior Season) Played in 38-of-39 games ... posted career-best eight goals and added six assists for 14 points ... three goals came on the power play and also added a shorthanded tally ... named CCHA Defenseman of the Week after leading the Buckeyes with three points, on a goal and two assists, in the Ohio Hockey Classic to earn all-tournament team honors ... in the tourney, scored a power-play goal and added an assist vs. Holy Cross Dec. 29 and then scored Ohio State's lone goal unassisted in 1-1 tie with Miami Dec. 30 ... also won league defenseman of the week honors Nov. 21 after posting a goal and an assist on the power play Nov. 19 vs. the Lakers and leading the Buckeye defense in back-to-back shutouts of Lake Superior State Nov. 18-19 ... tallied first career shorthanded goal vs. Bowling Green Jan. 6 ... had four-game goal and point (4-1-5) streaks Dec. 11-Jan. 6 ... scored third-period goal and added an assist in comeback win at Michigan Feb. 3 ... scored on the power play against Michigan State Feb. 9 ... +1 in each game vs. Ferris State Feb. 17-18 and scored vs. the Bulldogs in the series opener ... missed only game of the season Oct. 29 at Western Michigan (healthy scratch) ... first on the team with 35 penalties, ranked second with 70 penalty minutes ... +1 or better in 12 games, including five +2 outings, and even or better in all but nine games ... fourth on the squad with 89 shots, including four games with career-best four shots ... had 29 recorded blocked shots.

2004-05 (Sophomore Season) Had 15 points, on two goals and 13 assists, while playing in 41 games to set career highs in assists and points ... had an assist in three of the last four games on the year and a single assist in 10 of the last 16 games (vs. Western Michigan Jan. 28-29, at Lake State Feb. 5, vs. BG Feb. 11-12, at MSU Feb. 19, March 4 at Miami, March 13 vs. Ferris State, vs. Michigan State March 18 and vs. Michigan March 19) ... set career mark with two goals and three points Oct. 21 vs. Miami ... CCHA Defenseman of the Week after performance in series vs. Miami (Oct. 21-22) ... posted two assists at Western Michigan Oct. 30 ... second on the team with +14 rating ... 10 +1 or better outings after the holiday break, including a +1 rating in each game at the CCHA Super Six ... four +2 outings (Oct. 21 vs. Miami, Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart, Jan. 15 at Notre Dame, Jan. 29 vs. WMU) ... had just eight minus ratings, along with 18 +1 or better performances ... third on the team with 34 penalties and ranked second with 84 penalty minutes.

2003-04 (Freshman Season) Third among Buckeye freshmen with 13 points on the year, including 11 assists, in 41 games ... third on team with +15 rating; +1 or better in five of the last eight games ... second career two-point and two-assist night at Miami March 5; +1 in each game vs. the RedHawks in March ... tallied first collegiate goal at Bowling Green Nov. 29; also scored vs. Cornell Dec. 28 ... first multiple-point game came Oct. 11 vs. Notre Dame with two assists ... first collegiate point was on an assist vs. Miami Oct. 4 ... also had helpers on the road at Michigan State (Oct. 18), in each game vs. Alaska (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), vs. Michigan Nov. 15 and at Colgate Nov. 21 ... even or better in 35-of-41 games, including 14 +1 and four +2 performances; +1 or better in 15 of last 29 games ... 20 games with a +1 or better rating on the year and recorded minus ratings in just six games.

Prior to Ohio State Played for the BCHL's Vernon Vipers for two seasons under Mike Vandekamp ... served as an assistant captain in his last season ... posted 6-29-35 totals in 53 games in his final season, including 114 penalty minutes ... had 3-15-18 totals and 109 penalty minutes in 57 games in 2001-02 ... the Vipers won the Chevrolet Cup as the regular season champions, the BCHL Interior Division pennant, the Fred Page Cup as BCHL champions and the Mowat Cup as British Columbia Provincial Junior A champions ... graduated from W.L. Seaton Secondary School in 2002.

Off the Ice Son of Bob and Norma Waddell ... father is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, while mother is a nurse ... has a sister, Kristin (23) ... has a dog, Spot, and a cat, Skittles ... born Jan. 20, 1984 ... nickname is Wads ... likes to play golf and weight train ... family financial planning major.