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Alex Goligoski
Alex Goligoski
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 30, 1985  (Age 29)
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, MN, United States
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Drafted: PIT / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (61st overall)
2009-10:  Spent his first full season with the Penguins, establishing career highs across the board in games (69), goals (8), assists (29), points (37) and rating (plus-7) ... His 29 assists and 37 points both ranked second among Penguins’ defensemen ... Saw significant time on the Penguins’ top power-play unit ... Ranked fifth on the team and second among defensemen with 17 power-play points (2G-15A) ... Had a career-high seven-game point streak, posting eight points (4G-4A) from Oct. 14-Oct. 30 ... Played his 100th career game March 4 at NY Rangers.

2010 PLAYOFFS:  Recorded two goals and nine points in 13 games ... His nine points were tied for fifth most on the squad ... Posted first career postseason goal in Game 1 of quarterfinals vs. Ottawa ... Posted six points (1+5) in semifinals vs. Montreal, tied for most on team ... Valuable second option on blue line for power play, averaging 2:59 power-play minutes per game ... Finished with a plus or even rating in 11 of 13 playoff games.

PRO CAREER:  Penguins’ second-round pick (61st overall) in 2004 … Compiled 59 points (14+45) in 117 career NHL games over the past three seasons ... Spent majority of 2008-09 campaign with Pittsburgh, playing 45 games and recording six goals, 14 assists, 20 points, four power-play goals and a plus-5 rating as a rookie blueliner ... Among NHL rookie defenseman, finished first in power-play goals, second in total goals, third in points, third in assists and fifth in plus-minus, all despite playing only 45 games ... Recorded his first NHL goal (and first power-play tally) Oct. 5 vs. Ottawa in Stockholm, Sweden ... Played in his first-career NHL playoff game May 9, 2009 at Washington in conference semifinals ... Notched first-career postseason point (assist) in Game 6 vs. Washington ... Scored first playoff goal April 14, 2010 vs. Ottawa ... Played first three NHL games in 2007-08, recording two assists … Made NHL debut Feb. 13, 2008 vs. Boston and scored first NHL point (an assist) March 1 vs. Ottawa … Had outstanding season as AHL rookie and helped lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Calder Cup Final … Set new AHL records for points in a playoff season by a defenseman with 28 (4+24), breaking the record set by former WBS defenseman Chris Kelleher (2001) … 28 points ranked second overall in AHL playoff scoring … Tied AHL record for points in a playoff season by a rookie, set by Mike Sillinger of Adirondack in 1989 … Set team record with eight-game point streak in playoffs … In regular season, had 38 points (10+28) with plus-15 rating in 70 games … Tied team record with four assists Dec. 31 vs. Norfolk … Named to AHL’s Planet USA All-Star team.

INTERNATIONAL:  Played for U.S. at 2005 World Junior Championships ... Recorded one assist in seven games.

COLLEGE:  Played three seasons as standout defenseman for University of Minnesota … Named First-Team All-American, First-Team All-WCHA and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2006-07 … Had 39 points (9+30) in 44 games as a junior … Ranked second in the nation in scoring among defensemen … Named Third-Team All-American and Second-Team All-WCHA as junior in 2005-06 … Named to All-WCHA Rookie Team as a freshman in 2004-05.

PERSONAL: Originally wore No. 13 but respectfully gave his number to former Penguin Bill Guerin after the Penguins traded for the veteran winger ... As senior at Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School in 2004 was All-State selection and finalist for Mr. Hockey Award in Minnesota ... Signed through 2011-12.
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