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Alex Petrovic
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Born March 3 1992 (1992-03-03) (age 25),
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 36th overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2012–present

Alexander Petrovic (born March 3, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Petrovic was selected by the Panthers in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League (WHL).[1]

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Petrovic was drafted by the Red Deer Rebels in the second round of the 2007 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. Prior to being drafted, he had been playing midget hockey in Edmonton.[2] He played his first full WHL season in 2008–2009, recording 13 points in 66 games.[3] Leading up to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Petrovic was ranked 29th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, and the Florida Panthers ultimately drafted Petrovic in the second round, 36th overall.[2] Petrovic played his entire junior career with the Rebels, turning pro for good after the 2011-2012 WHL season.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

On April 18, 2011, Florida signed Petrovic to a three-year, entry-level professional contract.[4] He made his professional debut in the American Hockey League (AHL) playoffs with the San Antonio Rampage after the 2011–12 season.[3] Petrovic began the 2012–13 season with the Rampage in the AHL, but was called up to the Panthers in April 2013. On April 18, he made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers,[5] playing in six games at the NHL level near the end of the season. He did not score any points, however, though he did record 25 penalty minutes.[3]

Petrovic attended training camp with the Panthers prior to the 2013–14 season, and was expected to stick with the club for the entire season, but he was one of the earliest cuts and returned to San Antonio of the AHL.[6] On January 26, 2016, Petrovic scored his first NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two weeks later on February 9 in a 7–4 Panthers win over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center, he picked up a goal and an assist but fought Evander Kane three times.[7] The three fights by the same two adversaries in a single NHL match was the first such occurrence since Jody Shelley and Bob Probert did it on January 10, 2002.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

As a child, Petrovic's favorite player was Mike Modano and his favorite team was the Dallas Stars. He models his game after defenceman Chris Pronger. He is of Serbian descent.[2][9]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08MLAC Maple LeafsAMHL31381180
2007–08Red Deer RebelsWHL101012
2008–09Red Deer RebelsWHL661121370
2009–10Red Deer RebelsWHL57819278740004
2010–11Red Deer RebelsWHL6975057140906623
2011–12Red Deer RebelsWHL68123648141
2011–12San Antonio RampageAHL50110924614
2012–13San Antonio RampageAHL5541317102
2012–13Florida PanthersNHL600025
2013–14San Antonio RampageAHL432111379
2013–14Florida PanthersNHL70118
2014–15San Antonio RampageAHL41317205930110
2014–15Florida PanthersNHL3303334
2015–16Florida PanthersNHL66215179061344
2016–17Florida PanthersNHL491131479
NHL totals 161 3 32 35 236 6 1 3 4 4

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team 2011 [10]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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