SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has loaned defenseman Matt Dumba (pronounced DUHM-ba) to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Dumba, 19 (7/25/94), has collected two points (1-1=2) in 13 games with Minnesota this season. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 5 vs. Anaheim becoming the second-youngest defenseman to make his NHL debut with the Wild (19 years, 72 days) behind Nick Schultz in 2001 (19 years, 50 days). Dumba scored his first NHL goal against Dallas on Oct. 12 and registered his first NHL assist vs. Carolina on Oct. 24. The 6-foot, 183-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan was assigned to the Canadian National Junior Team on Dec. 11 and served as an alternate captain for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. He finished the tournament with one assist and led Canadian defensemen with a plus-four rating in seven games, as Canada claimed a fourth-place finish.
Portland acquired Dumba’s WHL rights on Dec. 10, as part of a trade with Red Deer (WHL). Dumba was selected by Minnesota in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.