Ontario Hockey League grad Mat Clark leaves behind North America and the American Hockey League for 2017-18 to play for HC Bolzano. The team is located in Italy but plays in the Austria based Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. The Brampton Battalion alumnus will not be alone with Bolzano – more on that below.
Mat Clark played two seasons in the OHL, 2008-09 and 2009-10, both with the Brampton Battalion. Brampton drafted Clark in the eleventh round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 217th overall. Over his two years, the blue liner scored ten goals and assisted on 36 for 46 points in 129 regular season games. In 28 playoff games, he added eleven points. Mat helped the Battalion to the finals in 2008-09 before losing in five games to the Windsor Spitfires.
After his first year in the Ontario Hockey League, the Anaheim Ducks selected Mat in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft, 37th overall. His first pro hockey came in 2009-10 after Brampton was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Barrie Colts. He appeared in a single regular season AHL game with the Manitoba Moose and also played six Calder Cup playoff games with the club.
Since 2010-11, Clark has played pro hockey in the AHL and National Hockey League. His time in the NHL is limited to nine games between 2011-12 and 2014-15, all with the Ducks. In 2016-17, he played just 38 games in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage, scoring a goal and assisting on six.
Mat Clark is signed with HC Bolzano in the EBEL for the 2017-18 season.
The ‘Foxes’ have been around in some form since 1933. In recent history, HC Bolzano moved to the EBEL for the 2013-14 season after previously playing in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio Serie A1 (LIHG). In their first season in the EBEL, the team captured the championship. Since, they have reached the post season each year, losing in the quarter-finals this past campaign.
Joining Mat Clark on the roster are two fellow OHL grads. Jake Smith is another product of the Battalion, playing four years from 2012-13 to 2015-16. Smith played ten games with Bolzano in 2016-17. Mike Angelidis, like Clark, leaves a career in the AHL for Bolzano this season. Angelidis played four years with the Owen Sound Attack from 2002-03 to 2005-06.
Head coach Pat Curcio played 20 games with the Ottawa 67’s in 1991-92. He returned to the OHL as an assistant coach under Dale Hunter with the London Knights in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He was also assistant coach with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2010-11. Curcio spent the past three years as assistant coach with HC Lugano in Switzerland’s National League A.
Mat Clark OHL Stats