Matt is the first ever player to join the team with Junior 'A' experience, having played with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in February 2006 and had his left leg amputated below the knee in May 2006, with an additional amputation done in December 2006.
Matt beat cancer twice to make Canada's national sledge hockey team and represent Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Games. But, he will be unable to attend, as the cancer has returned and Matt has been diagnosed as terminal. Still, he says he will not give up, and will beat the cancer again. With "FLM" painted on the back of her mask, he helped inspire goalie Shannon Szabados to win gold with Canada's women's hockey team at the Olympics. Now Matt's legacy continues to grow, inspiring anyone who learns his story. FLM!
According to Teammate Jean Labonté: Matt as a Player
“He's the lone rookie going to the world championship in May. He could be compared to Milan Lucic; he has size, grit, great hockey sense, and he's not afraid of anyone. In his first season with the National Sledge Team, he's already well known by the opposing teams. He's a great addition to our roster.”