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Evansville IceMen Player of the Week – Matt Gens [Sponsored]

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Check out this week’s Evansville IceMen Player of the Week, Matt Gens!

23 GENS, MATT DEFENSE 6-0 190 3/31/83 28 YR. 6

SHOOTS: RIGHT BIRTHPLACE: BAUDETTE, MN

This is his sixth pro season overall, his second in the CHL and his first-ever campaign operating under the IceMen of Evansville banner. Former ninth round choice, 278th overall of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Signed by the IceMen as a free agent during the off-season after performing his craft for the Odessa Jackalopes of the CHL in 2010-11. Became available when Odessa left the CHL to join the junior ‘A’ circuit NAHL. Recovering from major wrist injury which required significant surgical repair, he joined Odessa for the final 26-regular season games and all 7-playoff appearances. Collected 17-points in those 26-games on 3-goals, 14-assists with 18-PIM. Two of his 3-goals were deemed GWG with one of those coming in OT. Seven of his 17-points were generated through the power play; 1-PPG; 6-PPA. In the playoffs, 5-points in 7-games on 2-goals, 3-assists with 1-PPG and 2-PPA with a stellar +5 rating which ranked as runner-up best on the Odessa club. In 2008-09 with the IHL Muskegon Lumberjacks, enjoyed his best ever pro season, finishing #2 in IHL scoring among defensemen with 53-points in 73-games on 9-goals, 44-assists with 83-PIM and +3 rating. Launched his pro career in the UHL, achieving All-Star status with the Rockford IceHogs. In second season in Rockford spurred the ‘Hogs to the 2006-07 UHL Colonial Cup Championship, topping all league defensemen in point-scoring with 13-points in 17-games on 2-goals, 11-assists. During that same regular season, finished in the top 10 in league-wide scoring among defensemen with 75(8-31-39) and sterling +21 rating. Prior to pro career, was 4-year standout at Division I St. Cloud State of the WCHA Conference. Pro career numbers: 285-games; 28-goals; 126-assists; 154-points; 290-PIM. Pro playoffs numbers: 45-games; 5-goals; 21-assists; 26-points; 47-PIM.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS

YEAR TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM

1999-00 U.S. National Under-18 Team NAHL 54 4 9 13 46

2000-01 U.S. Junior National team USHL 22 3 5 8 14

2001-02 St. Cloud State WCHA 40 6 17 23 28

2002-03 St. Cloud State WCHA 36 4 10 14 30

2003-04 St. Cloud State WCHA 31 3 7 10 24

2004-05 St. Cloud State WCHA 40 3 14 17 52

2005-06 Rockford IceHogs UHL 71 5 18 23 78 4 0 2 2 7

2005-06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 0 0 0 0

2006-07 Rockford IceHogs UHL 75 8 31 39 79 17 2 11 13 18

2007-08 Elmira Jackals ECHL 35 3 19 22 32 6 0 3 3 6

2008-09 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 73 9 44 53 83 11 1 2 3 8

2009-10 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL (Injured)

2010-11 Odessa Jackalopes CHL 26 3 14 17 18 7 2 3 5 8

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