Ice hockey player
| Matt Koalska|
| May 16, 1980 (age 35)
Saint Paul, MN, USA (1980-05-16) |
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
154th overall, 2000
University of Minnesota
Matt Koalska Wikipedia
Matthew James Koalska (born May 16, 1980 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is a retired American professional ice hockey center. He was drafted in the fifth round, 154th overall, by the Nashville Predators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Koalska played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota from 2000–2004 winning two National Championships.
Koalska made his professional debut with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League in the 2004–05 season. He appeared in three NHL games with the New York Islanders in the 2005–06 season, going scoreless. On January 5, 2007, the Islanders traded Koalska to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenceman Tomas Malec. Koalska finished the season with the Senators' AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators before signing in the off-season with HC Bolazno in the Italian Elite League. However, Koalska did not play with Bolazno, having to retire due to a heart condition. He returned to University of Minnesota to complete his degree.