Hockey alumnus is NHL veteran
Matt Cullen (center) with fellow Huskies Bret Hedican (left) and Mark Parrish in their 2006 Olympic uniforms.
Husky Hockey standout Matt Cullen is a helper on and off the ice. He also is one of just seven native Minnesotans to skate 1,000 games in the National Hockey League (NHL).
He reached that 1,000-game threshold in style, scoring a game-winning shootout goal in the Minnesota Wild's 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 10, 2012, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Thanks to a two-year $7 million free-agent signing, Cullen skated 77 games for the Nashville Predators during the 2013-14 NHL campaign.
He has surpassed the 600-point mark in an NHL career that dates back to 1997.
Off the ice Cullen and wife Bridget run Cullen Children's Foundation, which provides financial resources to organizations that support children's health care needs, with an emphasis on cancer.
Born in Virginia and reared in Moorhead, Cullen skated two seasons with the St. Cloud State (1995-97) under Coach Craig Dahl. He earned All-WCHA Rookie Team as a freshman and All-WCHA second team pick and All-WCHA Academic Team as a sophomore. He led the Huskies in scoring both seasons.
Cullen was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and signed with Anaheim. His NHL career has included stops in Florida, North Carolina, New York and Ottawa.
In 2006, he and fellow St. Cloud State skater Bret Hedican helped the Carolina Hurricanes win the the NHL championship. Later that summer they brought the Stanley Cup home to the National Hockey Center for a celebration.
The Star Tribune picked Cullen as one of its three top players in the 2006 Stanley Cup, saying he "did everything to set up Carolina's first goal but actually score it."
In 2006, Cullen was named to the Olympic Hockey Team that played in Turin, Italy.