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Alex Goligoski
Alex Goligoski Coyotes.jpg
Born July 30 1985 (1985-07-30) (age 31),
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Arizona Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Dallas Stars
Ntl. team Flag of the United States United States of America
NHL Draft 61st overall, 2004
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2007–present


Alexander Marcus Flint Goligoski (born July 30, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). During his NHL career, he has also played for the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins, the organization that drafted him in the second round, 61st overall, in 2004.

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Goligoski was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round from Grand Rapids High School (ThunderHawks), 61st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Goligoski completed three years of college ice hockey at the University of Minnesota, where he was assistant captain with Kellen Briggs.

ProfessionalEdit

He began his professional career with the Penguins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2007. Goligoski was then recalled by Pittsburgh on February 5, 2008, and played his first NHL game against the Boston Bruins on February 13. After being returned to Wilkes-Barre, he again later recalled by Pittsburgh, registering his first point, an assist, on March 1 against the Ottawa Senators.

Goligoski Game Winner

Goligoski scores the game-winning goal in a 2–1 win over the Ottawa Senators while with the Penguins in 2011.

Due to injuries to Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney, Goligoski began the 2008–09 season on the roster for Pittsburgh. He scored his first NHL goal in his first game that season against Alex Auld of the Ottawa Senators.[1] On November 13, Goligoski scored on his first shootout attempt of his career; the goal won the game for the Penguins.[2] He was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup-winning Penguins team.

On June 15, 2009, Goligoski signed a three-year, $5.5 million extension with the Penguins.[3]

On February 21, 2011, Goligoski was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for left winger James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.[4] In 2011, Goligoski was invited to play for the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. He declined, however, because he had not had much off-time in the past few seasons.

On January 23, 2012, Goligoski signed a four-year, $18.4 million contract extension with Dallas.[5]

On June 16, 2016, the Stars traded his rights to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[6] As an impending free agent, Goligoski was signed before the exclusivity window closed, agreeing to a five-year contract with the Coyotes on June 21, 2016.[7][8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 River City Lancers USHL 10 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 10 0 2 2 6
2004–05 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 5 15 20 44
2005–06 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 11 28 39 63
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 9 30 39 51
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 70 10 28 38 53 23 4 24 28 18
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 6 14 20 16 2 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 26 2 16 18 16
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 8 29 37 22 13 2 7 9 2
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 9 22 31 28
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 23 5 10 15 12
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 71 9 21 30 16
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 47 3 24 27 18
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 81 6 36 42 28 6 1 2 3 8
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 81 4 32 36 24
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 82 5 32 37 34 13 4 3 7 6
2016-17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 6 30 36 28
NHL totals 644 61 252 313 228 34 7 14 21 16

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WJC 4th 7 0 1 1 2
2012 United States WC 7th 8 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 7 0 1 1 2
Senior totals 8 1 4 5 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2004–05
All-WCHA Second Team 2005–06
All-WCHA First Team 2006–07
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2006–07
Stanley Cup Champion 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rosen, Dan. "Goligoski Making the Most of His Opportunity", PittsburghPenguins.com, 2008-10-27. Retrieved on 2008-10-27. Archived from the original on October 28, 2008. 
  2. Associated Press. "Penguins 5, Flyers 4, SO", PittsburghPenguins.com, November 13, 2008. Retrieved on November 14, 2008. Archived from the original on November 29, 2009. 
  3. Pen's names inscribed on cup. Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-06-30). Archived from the original on January 9, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  4. Penguins acquire James Neal and Matt Niskanen from Stars for Alex Goligoski. Pittsburgh Penguins (2011-02-21). Retrieved on 2011-02-21.
  5. Dallas Stars sign Goligoski to four-year contract extension. ESPN (2012-01-23). Retrieved on 2012-01-23.
  6. Coyotes Acquire Negotiating Rights to Goligoski (2016-06-16).
  7. "Coyotes ink pending UFA Alex Goligoski to five-year deal". Sportsnet.ca (2016-06-22). Retrieved on 2016-06-22.
  8. "Coyotes Sign Goligoski to Five-Year Contract". coyotes.nhl.com (2016-06-22). Retrieved on 2016-06-22.

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