SLOVAN ADDED MATT MACKENZIE TO ITS DEFENSIVE LINE WHO SIGNED ONE-YEAR CONTRACT.
Matt MacKenzie (born October 15, 1991, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) played as a junior in the WHL competition for the Calgary Hitmen and Tri-City Americans. The culmination of his junior career was the 2009/2010 season, in which he helped his team from the Olympic city to win the competition and scored a great 55 points in 87 matches, including the playoffs.
The prospective defender was drafted in the summer of 2010 from the 83rd place in the 3rd round by the NHL club Buffalo Sabers, which in October of the following year offered him a three-year two-way contract. From the 2011/2012 season, he became part of the Rochester Americans in the AHL, where he was a stable member of the defense for the next four seasons. In the next three seasons, he commuted between the AHL (Portland Pirates, Springfield Thunderbirds) and ECHL (Manchester Monarchs, Florida Everblades). Especially in the ECHL he managed to prevail at the offensive end of the rink, during 6 seasons he recorded more than half a point per match as a defender.
As Matt MacKenzie decided to try hockey in Europe before the 2018/2019 season, he headed to the HC Bolzano Foxes club, where he was led by Finnish coach Kai Suikkanen. He brought him to the Dornbirner EC club two years later. Meanwhile, MacKenzie managed to record 51 assists in the second highest German league DEL2 in the team Tölzer Löwen. Last year in the supranational ICE Hockey League he was the ninth most productive defender of the league, in 56 matches (including the playoffs) he scored 29 points (10 + 19).
“Matt MacKenzie, an offensive back is coming to Slovan, who should get opportunities in power-plays. He is a constructive type with a very good pass," said general manager of HC Slovan Bratislava Maroš Krajči.
Matt MacKenzie will join the team in Bratislava at the end of July and complete a substantial part of the summer pre-season training with him.