9 Taylor Matson  
Taylor Matson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mound, Minn.

High School:
Academy of Holy Angels

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
Forward

Club:
Des Moines - USHL


05/31/2012

149 Gopher Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Minnesota's Total is up from 123 Following the 2011 Spring Seasons

03/23/2012

Minnesota Quotes: Friday Press Conference

Minnesota Quotes: Friday Press Conference

03/02/2012

Gophers Stumble On Way To MacNaughton Cup

Minnesota drops 4-1 decision, still clinches top seed WCHA playoffs

02/28/2012

Weekend Preview: Wisconsin

Gophers close out regular season against rival Badgers

02/21/2012

Weekend Preview: Nebraska Omaha

Gophers head to Omaha for last WCHA road trip

03/26/2012

Hockey Postgame Reaction

Minnesota met the media following Sunday's win against North Dakota.

03/26/2012

Minnesota Beats North Dakota

The Golden Gophers defeated North Dakota to advance to the Frozen Four.

10/11/2011

Taylor Matson Goal

Taylor Matson scores on the breakaway against Sacred Heart.

03/25/2012

Men's Hockey vs UND NCAA West Regional 03.25.12

Men's Hockey vs UND NCAA West Regional 03.25.12

03/24/2012

Men's Hockey vs Boston U NCAA Regional 03.24.12

Men's Hockey vs Boston U NCAA Regional 03.24.12

03/02/2012

Men's Hockey vs Wisconsin 03.02.12

Men's Hockey vs Wisconsin 03.02.12

Photo Galleryl Taylor Matson Q&A

2011-12 • Senior Season: Captained Minnesota to its first MacNaughton Cup since the 2006-07 season • has set a career high in assists (15) and points (23) • team is 15-2-1 when he records a point • made his season debut and played in his first game as team captain against Sacred Heart (10/7) where he had one assist • won 14 of 17 faceoffs • scored one goal and took three penalties against Sacred Heart (10/8) • picked up a goal against Vermont (10/21) • won 10 of 14 faceoffs at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) • had two points (1g-1a) including the game-winning goal at Wisconsin (11/12) • scored first goal of the game against Minnesota State (12/2) • had two points (1g-1a) against Minnesota State (12/3) • scored a shorthanded goal with an extra attacker against Northeastern (12/31) • scored a power-play goal against Notre Dame (1/7) • had a career-high three assists and was +3 at North Dakota (1/14) • won 12 of 19 faceoffs at Denver (2/11) • won 10 of 14 faceoffs at Nebraska Omaha (2/25) • after finishing his first three seasons injured, he played in his first career playoff game in the first round of the WCHA playoffs against Alaska Anchorage (3/9) • scored his first goal in 17 games and had one assist against North Dakota (3/25) in the NCAA West Regional Championship game.

2010-11 • Junior Season: Skated in a career high 33 games and had a breakout year with 10 goals and three assists • named the Mike Crupi Most Determined Player for the second straight year • missed the final game of the regular season and both playoff games against Alaska Anchorage with an injury • his 33 games were one more than his two previous seasons combined as he battled injuries • played on the first, third and fourth lines and saw action at both center and wing • his 10 goals were a career high, as he had three combined goals in his first two years • finished fourth on the team in goals • scored a point in 11 of 33 games • team was 7-3-1 when he recorded a point and 5-2-1 when he scored a goal • tied for second on the team with two game-winning goals • second on the team in faceoff attempts (370) and faceoff wins (178) • made season debut against Massachusetts (10/8) • had eight points (6g-2a) in a nine-game span from Oct. 22-Nov. 26 after not recording a point in the first four games of the season • scored his fourth-career goal (10/22), had his fourth-career assist (10/24) and was a combined +2 against St. Cloud State • named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2 after the Colorado College series •scored two goals, including the game-winner, at Colorado College (10/29) • scored seventh-career goal at Colorado College (10/30) • won 12 of 15 faceoffs against Wisconsin (11/5) • scored his fifth goal of the year and eighth of his career against Wisconsin (11/6) • had an assist at Michigan Tech (11/19) • won 10 of 13 faceoffs and scored his sixth goal of the season against Michigan State (11/26) • had one assist against Union (12/31) centering the top line • had four goals in four games from Feb. 12-25, including two goals and the game-winner at Wisconsin (2/18) • voted captain for the 2011-12 season by his teammates • will be the 149th player to assume the role of either captain or assistant captain for Minnesota • named to the WCHA All-Academic team.

2009-10 • Sophomore Season: Competed in the first 19 games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury for the second straight year as an ankle injury against Bowling Green (1/2) sidelined him for the last 20 games • finished second on the team with a plus-five rating • won the team's Mike Crupi Most Determined Player award • scored a goal in a win at Minnesota State (12/5) • gave the Gophers a 2-1 lead midway through the second period in an eventual 3-2 win at Michigan Tech (12/12) • assisted goals in each game of series sweep over Alaska Anchorage (10/30-11/1) • recorded an assist in 3-3 tie at North Dakota (10/17) • named to WCHA All-Academic team • centered third or fourth line much of the season • earned his second letter.

2008-09 • Freshman Season: Played in the team's first 13 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Michigan (11/28) • scored a goal in a 6-2 win over New Hampshire (11/8) • put a season-high four shots on goal in win over Minnesota State (11/1) • underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 15 and resumed skating without contact late in the season • centered the team's fourth line before his injury • earned his first letter.

HIGH SCHOOL: Led the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL in scoring in 2007-08 with 13 goals and 24 assists in 55 games • named team's Most Valuable Player • named finalist for Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award after totaling 36 points in just 13 games at Academy of Holy Angels in 2006-07 • earned second-team all-state honors in 2006-07 • named honorable mention all-state in 2005-06 after compiling 28-40--68 in 27 games and helping Holy Angels to a 26-3-1 record and the state Class AA championship • member of four conference championship teams • head coach was Greg Trebil • captained hockey and tennis teams as a junior and senior • named to USA select national teams the past four years • selected with the 176th overall pick in the sixth round by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

PERSONAL: Kinesiology major • lists fishing, tennis and boating as hobbies • most memorable sports thrill was winning 2005 Class AA state hockey championship • son of Scott and Lisa Matson • born September 16, 1988.