DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forwards Dylan Sikura and Stefan Matteau to one-year contracts for the 2021-22 season.
Sikura, 26, spent the 2020-21 season with the Vegas Golden Knights and the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Henderson Silver Knights. He appeared in six contests for Vegas, recording two points (2g/0a) and tallied 22 points (11g/11a) in 30 games with Henderson. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound center made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut with the Golden Knights on June 2, 2021 in Game 2 of the second-round series against Colorado and appeared in two total postseason contests. He notched five points (3g/2a) in three playoff games for the Silver Knights, his first playoff action in the AHL.
Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Sikura has produced 16 points (3g/13a) in 53 career regular-season NHL games for Chicago and Vegas. He has totaled 90 points (42g/48a) in 121 career AHL outings with the Rockford IceHogs and Henderson.
The Aurora, Ontario, native played four seasons of NCAA hockey for Northeastern University from 2014-18, collecting 146 points (58g/88a) in 137 career games. Sikura served as an alternate captain in his senior campaign in 2017-18 and recorded 54 points (22g/32a) in 35 games to rank third in the nation in points, second in points-per-game (1.54) and first in the NCAA in power-play goals (14). He was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star, CCM/ACHA All-American and was a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
Matteau, 27, appeared in 18 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2020-21, recording one point (1g/0a). Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (29th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Matteau has collected 11 points (6g/5a) in 91 career NHL contests with the Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Vegas Golden Knights and Blue Jackets.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound center has played 361 career games in the American Hockey League with the Albany Devils, St. John’s IceCaps, Chicago Wolves and Cleveland Monsters, recording 146 points (69g/77a) and has added 14 points (7g/7a) in 32 career Calder Cup Playoff outings. Matteau tallied eight points (3g/5a) in 21 playoff games, all postseason career highs, in 2019 to help the Wolves reach the Calder Cup Final, eventually losing to Charlotte in five games.
Prior to turning pro, Matteau played one season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, producing 28 points (18g/10a) in 35 games and nine points (3g/6a) in 11 playoff games during the 2012-13 season. The Chicago, Illinois, native also played for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2010-12 and recorded 50 points (22g/28a) in 93 contests.
Matteau is the son of Stephane Matteau, who played 848 career NHL games for the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers and won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994.