Matt Cooke

Hockey Player

Birthday September 7, 1978

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Belleville, Canada

Age 45 years old

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NHL left winger whose illegal checks to the head prompted the league to change rules outlawing his style of play.

Before Fame

He was a talented offensive player in the OHL, scoring 95 points in his second season while serving 146 penalty minutes.


He played the informal pest role for the Pittsburgh Penguins, often drawing suspensions for his concussion-inducing hits.

Family Life

He had three children with his wife Michelle.

Associated With

The NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, outlawed head hits from the blind side in response to a number of Cooke's hits.