Matt Anderson, 30, will be making his NHL debut on Tuesday night when he dresses with the New Jersey Devils against the Boston Bruins.
Anderson, a member of the team's American Hockey League affiliate Albany Devils, was spending the AHL All-Star break in Vermont with Darcy Zajac (younger brother of Devils' forward Travis Zajac) and some friends, when he received a text message from Albany general manager Chris Lamoriello on Monday informing him of the decision.
An undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Anderson began his professional career in 2006-07 when he played in 13 playoff games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The next season, he split time with Chicago and the Gwinnett Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League.
Over the next two season he would spend time with Chicago before signing with Albany in 2010 and is in his third year with the team.
While he is technically too old to be considered a rookie (NHL identifies rookies as players 26 years of age or younger), Anderson is excited about the opportunity, via the Bergen Record:
"It's obviously exciting. It's something you work pretty hard for. I'm a 30-year-old rookie here, first time here. It's something you prepare for for a long time. It's something I always believed in myself I could do and I'm going to try to make the most of my opportunity here and contribute however I can."
It is expected that Anderson will play on a line with Krys Barch and Jacob Josefson.