Matt Tennyson (D)
2013-14: enter 2nd professional season… 2012-13: Posted an assist in two out of his four NHL games (0- 2=2)…Recorded his first career assist in his first career NHL game on April 1 vs. Vancouver… Became the first Sharks player to grow up playing for the Jr. Sharks program…First Sharks player to wear #80…5th on Worcester (AHL) in points (5-22=27) and led team defensemen in goals, assists and points…T-13th amongst AHL rookie defensemen in points (T-9th at time of his recall). CAREER: 2011-12: AHL: Scored his first professional goal in his third professional game off Peter Mannino at Portland on April 7...CCHA: Named Second Team All-CCHA and a finalist for CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman...Finished 4th on the team in goals which led all team defensemen (11)…4th on the team in points (11-13=24)…2010-11: Led team defensemen in points (9-12=21)...Led team in power play goals (7)...2009-10: Finished 2nd on the team amongst freshmen in points (2-7=9). PERSONAL: “Tenny” or “Royal” lists these favorites: Sushi (food); Golf (offseason activity); Play golf, watch football (sports besides hockey); Tiger Woods (athlete); Green Street Hooligans (movie); Entourage and Game of Thrones (TV shows); Luke Bryan, Kings of Leon and Lil Wayne (bands); Mizu Sushi (restaurant); Nicklas Lidstrom (hockey idol); Winning the CCHA Championship and playing in his first NHL game (hockey moments); Phoenix (road city); Detroit Red Wings (non-Sharks jersey)…Has the the hidden talent of being an excellent cook, specifically grilling… His first job was bagging groceries at the age of 14… He would be a businessman if he wasn’t playing hockey professionally…Says Matthew McConaughey would be the actor to star in a movie about his life…Can’t live without his iPhone…Biggest influence on his hockey career was his parents…Says the most exciting player to watch in the NHL is Sidney Crosby…Names Carl Hagelin the fastest skater in the NHL…Thinks Niklas Kronwall is the hardest hitter in the NHL…Says that teammate Patrick Marleau would make the best coach and is the teammate who is consistently in the best shape… Favorite restaurant in his hometown of Pleasanton, CA is Fiesta Taco.