Matthew Robert Lashoff was born September 29th, 1986
in East Greenbush, New York to Robert and Susan Lashoff.
He has a younger brother, Brian, who currently plays
in the Detroit Red Wings organization. Matt fell in
love with hockey at the age of 3 when his father built
an ice rink in their backyard. At an early age, he played
on teams that were two age groups older including the
Montreal Metro team. In addition, Matt and his family
decided to travel to Connecticut twice a week where he
played minor hockey for the Connecticut Yankees. This
provided him the opportunity to play in the Pee-Wee Quebec
tournament for the New York Jr. Rangers and also to be
scouted by prep schools in the area. As a result Lashoff
chose to attend Avon Old Farms Private School in Avon,
Connecticut under famed coach John T. Gardner where NHL
Hall of Famer Brian Leetch also attended.
After his sophmore year at Avon, Lashoff was invited
to play for the US National Development team in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. From there he began playing in the Ontario
Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers. He was named "Rookie
of the Year" for the Rangers and was awarded "2nd
team All Rookie" for the OHL in the 2003/2004 season.
In 2005/2006 he was named "Best Offensive Defenseman" for
the Kitchener Rangers. He also recorded 7 goals, 40 assists
for a total of 47 pts and 146 PIMs in that same year.
In 2005, he was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the
first round, 22nd overall. Lashoff made his professional
debut at the end of the 2005/2006 season with the Bruins'
AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
On April 4, 2007 Lashoff was named to the 2006-07 AHL
All Rookie Team. That same year he was also named a starter
in the AHL All Star Classic game, an honor that he received
in his first two years as a professional.
On October 26, 2006 Lashoff made his NHL debut with
the Boston Bruins in the 2006-07 season. Matt scored
his first NHL goal December 31, 2007, against Kari Lehtonen
of the Atlanta Thrashers.
On March 4, 2009. at the trade deadline for the 2008-09
season, Lashoff was traded by the Bruins, along with
Martins Karsums, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mark
Recchi and a 2009 second round draft pick.
In his first 12 games with Tampa he recorded 7 points.
His stay there was short lived when he was traded to
the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of summer 2010.
Throughout his life, Matt was surrounded by music. His
father played in bands since he was born and taught Matt
the love of the guitar. During his hockey career, Matt
has always said that playing the guitar has helped relieve
the stresses of the hockey season. While Matt was playing
for Boston, he did a feature for NESN, which was noticed
by music producer Loren Harriet. With the help of Harriet,
Matt decided to share his hobby and record an album for
his hockey fans to enjoy.