Born November 18, 1987 (age 24) in Welland, Ontario, Canada
Right winger for the Minnesota Wild
I’m feeling better tonight, folks–last night was a bad night for me! It took all the energy I had to put on pajamas. But never mind that, it’s getting better for me. Let’s get on with the show! -E
Now, now, let’s not snicker too much at Clutterbuck’s last name, okay? (Even though Don Cherry has said he has the “prototypical hockey player name.”) He’s a good guy. He grew up playing for hometown teams before making the jump to the OHL with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Oshawa Generals. The Wild drafted him 72nd overall in 2006 but he stayed with Oshawa for one more year. At first he was assigned to Minnesota’s AHL team, the Houston Aeros. He had a single call-up to Minnesota the first time around, playing just two games and not notching any points in either of them. However, things would change soon.
For 2008-09, Clutterbuck was called up to the Wild again and did not return to Houston at all. He played in 78 games, scored his first goal on future teammate Jose Theodore and became a favorite with Wild fans. Also in 2o08-09, Clutterbuck broke the NHL record for hits, notching up 356 of them. He’s continuing to notch accomplishments this season, too: scoring his 50th career goal, having a season-high 10 hits in one game, leading the team and is second in the entire league for hits with 116 so far. Not bad at all! You gotta know what you’re best at and make it work. Last season he played 76 games, got 19 goals, 15 assists and 79 penalty minutes. It looks like he may be on track for more of the same this year as part of a Wild team that continues to surprise.