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Cooke, Matt


Matt Cooke (born September 7, 1978 in Belleville) is a professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Cooke won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh during the 2008–09 NHL season. Cooke was member of the Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships which won the gold medal. He has also played in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals.

Cooke played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons predominantly with the Windsor Spitfires prior to playing professionally. Recording an impressive 95-point (10th overall in the league), 146-penalty-minute campaign in his second OHL season, he was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Returning to the OHL for a third season after being drafted, he was traded from Windsor to the Kingston Frontenacs on December 17, 1997. Cooke would finish the season and his OHL career with Kingston.

Cooke set a new career high during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs by scoring four postseason goals, two of those coming in the decisive Game 6 against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. On June 22, 2010, Cooke signed a three-year contract to stay with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a deal worth $1.8 million per season.

On July 5, 2013, Cooke became a free agent. Cooke eventually signed with the Minnesota Wild to a 3 year, $7.5 million contract.

Cooke and his wife Michelle, whom he married in 2001, have 3 children; a daughter named Reece Lynn Cooke and a son named Jackson Cooke. Cooke and Michelle run a foundation called The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope, based out of Vancouver.

Source: Wikipedia

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