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Matt Caito

Position: D
Date of Birth: 08/13/1993
Height: 5' 11"   Weight: 187 lbs
Shoots: R
Birthplace: Coto de Caza, California
Drafted: Undrafted
Last Amateur Team: 2015-16 Miami University (NCHC)


Support the Griffins Youth Foundation by making a donation to sponsor my participation in the 2017 Great Skate Winterfest, on Feb. 18-19 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.


First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to a one-year contract, 6/9/16...Assigned to ECHL Toledo, 10/22/16...Recalled from Toledo, 12/1/16.

2015-16: Made his professional debut with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye after concluding a four-year collegiate career at Miami (OH) University…Contributed five points (2-3—5) in eight regular season games and two points (1-1—2) in six postseason games with the Walleye…Tallied an assist in his first professional game, 3/25/16 at FW…Began his pro career on a four-game point streak (1-3—4), 3/25/16-4/1/16…Notched his first pro goal, 4/1/16 vs. MAN…Skated in 32 games during his final season at Miami and ranked second among team defenseman with 11 points (4-7—11)…Scored the game-winning goal in the final minute and added an assist on an empty-netter, 1/22/16 at Omaha…Named NCHC Defenseman of the Week on Jan. 25 after logging three points (1-2—3) during a two-game sweep at Omaha, 1/22/16-1/23/16. 2014-15: In his junior campaign, led all RedHawk defensemen in scoring with a career-high 20 points (4-20—24) in 39 games…Paced the team with a plus-19 rating and also tallied 47 PIM…Garnered All-NCHC Honorable Mention recognition and was a finalist for the NCHC Defenseman of the Year award…Recorded two assists in his season debut, 10/12/14 vs. Bowling Green…Logged a goal, two assists and a plus-four rating, 12/5/14 vs. Omaha…Notched a five-game point streak (1-4—5), 2/21/15-3/7/15…Dished out two assists and finished plus-three in the NCHC Tournament Semifinal, 3/20/15 vs. Denver…Helped Miami claim the NCHC Tournament championship…Posted a goal and an assist in the NCAA Tournament, 3/28/15 vs. Providence. 2013-14: As a sophomore, was one of four skaters to play in all 38 games…Led RedHawk defenseman while tying for sixth on the team with 16 points (3-13—16)…Recipient of the team’s Mitch Korn Outstanding Defensive Player Award…Tallied an assist in seven of the season’s first eight games…Named NCHC Defensive Player of the Week on Jan. 27, after posting a goal and an assist, 1/25/14 at Colorado College. 2012-13: As a freshman at Miami, ranked fourth overall on the team and first among defensemen with 21 points (5-16—21)…One of five players, and only blueliner, to appear in all 42 games…Named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team and earned All-CCHA Honorable Mention…Named CCHA Defenseman of the Week on Dec. 3 after logging two points (0-2—2) during a two-game sweep at Alaska, 11/30/12-12/1/12…Produced three points (0-3—3) during a two-game sweep vs. Bowling Green, 1/25/13-1/26/13 , and was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week on Jan. 28…Garnered his third CCHA Defenseman of the Week award on Feb. 25 following his three points (2-1—3) in two games at Lake Superior State, 2/22/13-2/23/13. 2011-12: Skated in 59 games for Dubuque (USHL) and finished tied for eighth on the team with 26 points (7-19—26)…Ranked second on the team, and first among defensemen, with a plus-16 rating…Added three points (0-3—3) in five postseason contests…Played in the USHL Prospects game…Finalist for USHL Scholar-Athlete Award…Enjoyed a season-high three-point game (0-3—3), 10/29/11 at FGO.

Lives in Coto de Caza, Calif….Earned a sports management degree with a minor in economics from Miami (OH) University…Has one sister who goes to a performing arts high school for dance…His grandfather, Thomas Caito, is a high school football coach and is in the hall of fame in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island…Best friend in hockey is Taylor Richart…Began playing hockey at the age of five as a forward…Greatest hockey memory is winning the last CCHA regular season championship as a freshman at Miami…Also won the NCHC Tournament as a junior…Hockey idol as a youth was Scott Niedermayer…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad who coached him when he was young and taught him hard work…Plans to coach after his playing career…First job was working at Jerry’s Dog, a hot dog joint…Greatest obstacle he’s overcome is coming back after dislocating his shoulder during his junior year at Miami…Proudest accomplishment has been getting a full scholarship to play Division I hockey…Supports food banks and cancer charities…Most unique thing he’s done is play in the peewee tournament in Quebec…An interesting fact about him is he went to an all boys high school in Connecticut for two years…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a country singer…Also played baseball up until college…Once met Kevin Love…Favorite food is steak…Favorite quote is “life is not about how hard you can hit but how much you can get hit and keep moving forward”…Favorite musical artists are Chainsmokers and Zedd…Least favorite musical genre is anything hard core rock…Favorite movie is The Big Short…Favorite television show is Game of Thrones…Favorite website is…Favorite book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire…Favorite vacation place is Chicago…Roots for USC football…Least favorite sports team is the New York Yankees…Favorite sport to spectate other than hockey is college football…Enjoys movies, computers and music.

Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2011-12 Dubuque USHL 59 7 19 26 71 5 0 3 3 4
2012-13 Miami University CCHA 42 5 16 21 38 -- -- -- -- --
2013-14 Miami University NCHC 38 3 13 16 20 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 Miami University NCHC 39 4 20 24 47 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Miami University NCHC 32 4 7 11 20 -- -- -- -- --
  Toledo ECHL 8 2 3 5 2 -- -- -- -- --
  PRO TOTALS   8 2
3 5
0 0 0 0


# Name POS
35 Cal Heeter G
40 Eddie Pasquale G


# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Nathan Paetsch D
5 Robbie Russo D
17 Matt Caito D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Conor Allen D


# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
11 Daniel Cleary LW
15 Mitch Callahan RW
19 Tomas Nosek C
21 Mike Borkowski C
22 Louis-Marc Aubry C
23 Dominic Turgeon C
26 Eric Tangradi LW
27 Martin Frk RW
28 Matt Lorito C
29 Dylan Sadowy RW
32 Drew Miller LW
39 Tyler Bertuzzi LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
51 Kyle Criscuolo C
55 Matthew Ford RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW

Detroit Red Wings

# Name POS
31 Jared Coreau G
14 Nick Jensen D
8 Anthony Mantha LW