Matthew Riva

Matthew is a 21-year-old athlete born on January 18, 2001. Matthew is a local individual, attending Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School and St. Michael Catholic High School in Chippawa and Niagara Falls, respectfully.

Growing up Matthew knew that he was born to be an athlete playing all kinds of sports, but ultimately fell in love with the game of hockey. He has always played for his local AAA center, Niagara Falls, and then later Southern Tier, as there was an amalgamation in the midst of his minor hockey career.

The success of Matthew’s career came when he finished his minor hockey and began playing hockey for his local junior B team the Niagara Falls Canucks. Matthew started his junior career as a 16-year-old rookie and played all the way through for the Canucks until he graduated at the age of 21. He has managed to grow as an individual during these years and was fortunate to earn captaincy in his final 2 years.  After his final year playing for the Niagara Falls Canucks, Matthew moved on to play for the Burlington Cougars Junior A club and finished his junior career up there as they went on their playoff run in 2021-2022. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, 3 years of Matthew’s junior career were affected and lost because of canceled seasons and postponed/canceled games.

Over the course of his career in Niagara, he has been fortunate enough to have been the recipient of many awards. Over the years he has received the following for the Golden Horseshoe Conference (GHC) and the entire GOJHL:

  • 2018-2019
    • GOJHL (GHC) Most Improved Player
    • GOJHL (GHC) Champions
  • 2019-2020
    • GOJHL (GHC) Second Team All-Star
    • GOJHL (GHC) Player of the Year
    • GOJHL Donald Sanderson Memorial Award (Dedication, Discipline, Desire, Deportment)
  • 2021-2022
    • GOJHL (GHC) First Team All-Star
    • GOJHL (GHC) Most Gentlemanly Player

At this time, Matthew is studying at Brock University in the Honors Bachelor of Accounting (Co-op) program and is entering his fourth year there. He has spent his co-op terms at Crawford Smith and Swallow Accounting Firm located across the Niagara Region.

Upon graduating from Junior B, he has been proud to announce his commitment to play for the Brock University Men’s Hockey team for the 2022-2023 season and is extremely excited for this new opportunity.

Matthew has overcome many obstacles and adversity over the course of his hockey career, but he did not let that phase him. He has a great work ethic and great dedication to the sport wanting to better himself. He is excited to see what his future as a hockey player and as an accountant has for him as he looks forward to next year wanting to hit the ice in full stride.