Without a doubt, the Over-30 league’s number one all-time center, for both active and former players.If you were drafting a team in the Over-30 league, “Matty I” would be your first choice.He can individually beat you in so many ways when he plays against you.Using his uncanny instincts to find the open man.., make a perfect pass onto their stick, or being in the right place on the rink at the right time to pick off an errant pass.
His respect draws multiple defenders towards him, thus freeing open the player he will always deliver the ball to, or keeping the goalie and defenders honest by ripping off a quality scoring chance (usually resulting in a goal).
Matty will never be known for his blazing speed; but instead, he uses his superior ability to always be in the best possible position on the rink to generate instant offense.However, there will be that unexpected and occasional burst of speed that will completely confuse his opponents.Forever linked to the modern “Holy Trinity” line of Iannello-Shannon-Nickerson, he possesses the skill set to single-handedly taking over a game on his own to determine its outcome.
Playing in his 30th season, Matty is shooting for an unprecedented 6th consecutive leading scoring title in the Over-30 league.As long as Matty stays healthy, his consistent scoring achievement and production will ensure that when his playing days are over, # 77 will be the number one leader in career stats for the Over-30 league.
Rumors & Facts:
One of the most decorated award winners in the Over-30 League history.
Posted his Over-30 career best 44-points and 1st Championship during his inaugural season.
Always requests from the league director a designated “whipping boy” to draft onto his Over-30 team so that he can constantly yell at and torment for 1-year.
Was once told in a tournament that he would not be playing because he wasn’t good enough.
As a rookie playing for the Seahawks, (player/coach) Dan Broderick made Matty carry his equipment bag and hockey sticks to and from tournaments for an entire circuit.
Has always stated that Mark Madden was the best coach that he ever played for.
Refuses to accept technology through hockey stick improvements.., as he opts for his traditional Mylec plastic curve sticks.
The Over-30 League Director is considering retiring the #77 throughout the league when Matty calls it a career.