Originating from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mats has emerged as a standout defenseman, currently contributing his talents to the Red Deer Rebels. His promising journey in hockey began when the Kamloops Blazers selected him as the 7th overall pick during the 2019 Western Hockey League Draft.
Widely recognized as one of the top Canadian players in his birth year, Mats had the privilege of representing Team Canada at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games. This noteworthy accomplishment culminated in a Bronze Medal.
The 2021-22 season marked a significant chapter in Mats’ career, as he played a pivotal role in propelling the Kamloops Blazers to an impressive 48 wins and a commendable second-place finish in the competitive Western Conference. Additionally, Mats had the honor of wearing Team White’s colors in the prestigious 2023 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
In the following 2022-23 season, Mats continued to showcase his skills and commitment, amassing an impressive 11 goals while representing the Red Deer Rebels.
Notably, Mats comes from a hockey legacy, as his father, also named Mats, was chosen as the 15th overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1993 NHL Draft. Mats Jr. holds dual citizenship, representing both Swedish and Canadian heritage.
Mats’ promising journey took a significant stride when the Buffalo Sabres recognized his talents and selected him in the 4th round, 106th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft.