Matt Dalton began his career as a hockey player with the Bozeman IceDogs, for which he was active in the 2005/06 season in the Junior League North American Hockey League. This season, the goalkeeper was elected to the first All-Star team and the All- Rookie first team in the league, as well as their MVP. He also reiterated the slightest Gegentorschnitt and the best catch rate of all goalkeepers in the league. The 2006/07 season he spent with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League. From 2007 to 2009 he attended Bemidji State University and played in parallel for their hockey team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With his University of team he won the championship of the 2009 College Hockey America and was elected to the second all-star team in the league.
In the summer of 2009 Dalton signed a contract with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, for their professional farm team Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and ECHL Reading Royals of the he stood in the following two years on the ice. For the 2011/12 season, the Canadian was obliged Vityaz Chekhov of the Kontinental Hockey League from where he was at first choice goalkeeper.
Awards and achievements
- 2006 NAHL First All -Star Team
- 2006 NAHL First All - Rookie Team
- 2006 Most Valuable Player of the NAHL
- 2006 Lowest Gegentorschnitt the NAHL
- 2006 Best catch quota NAHL
- 2009 CHA Championship with the Bemidji State University
- 2009 CHA Second All-Star Team