Alex Galchenyuk

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For his father, the retired Belarusian hockey player, see Alexander Galchenyuk.
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk - Montreal Canadiens.jpg
Galchenyuk in January 2015.
Born (1994-02-12) February 12, 1994 (age 21)
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team  United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2012
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2012–present

Alexander Alexandrovich Galchenyuk (born February 12, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted third overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft following two years with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Of Belarusian descent, Galchenyuk has represented the United States on the international stage, including at the IIHF World U20 Championship and the Ice Hockey World Championships, winning gold and bronze medals, respectively.

Playing career[edit]

Minor and junior[edit]

Galchenyuk in March 2013.

Galchenyuk played his final year of minor hockey with the U16 Chicago Young Americans and quickly became a star player, tallying 44 goals and 43 assists, leading coach Bruno Bragagnolio to refer to winning a lottery ticket as "the odds of having another kid like Alex play for you."[1] His performance led to him being drafted number one in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting.[2]

Galchenyuk was also selected 25th overall in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft by Atlant Moscow Oblast, which caused his father, Alexander Galchenyuk, to express his displeasure in Alex not being drafted in the first round by the KHL's Belarusian team, Dinamo Minsk.

In his first season with the Sting, Galchenyuk tallied 31 goals and 52 assists for a total of 83 points, which led to him being selected to the OHL 1st All-Rookie team alongside teammate Nail Yakupov. The following year he missed all but two regular-season games and six playoff games with a knee injury.[3] He was selected third in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

On July 23, 2012, Galchenyuk signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens.[4] During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he played for Sarnia in the OHL, where he served as captain of the team during his final season for the Sting.[5]


Galchenyuk made the Canadiens roster for the season opener, a 2–1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 19, 2013.[6] He scored his first NHL goal on January 22, 2013, against Scott Clemmensen of the Florida Panthers, tipping in a shot from Brandon Prust; rookie teammate Brendan Gallagher also recorded his first NHL point, an assist.[7] Galchenyuk finished the season playing in all 48 games with nine goals, 18 assists for 27 points and a plus-minus rating of +14, playing primarily on the left wing of the third line.[8][9] He finished in the top ten in all three offensive categories among rookies, and was sixth overall in rookie points scoring, helping propel a resurgent Canadiens team to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.[10]

Galchenyuk with the Canadiens during the 2012–13 season.

He scored his first career hat-trick on December 16, 2014, playing against the Carolina Hurricanes.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Galchenyuk was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to former Soviet and Belarusian hockey player Alexander Galchenyuk, and a Belarusian mother. He has an older sister, Anna. Galchenyuk's father was a member of the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Milwaukee Admirals at the time of his birth.[12] They moved to Europe when Galchenyuk was four, following his father's hockey career in Germany, Italy and Russia. They eventually settled in Russia, where the younger Galchenyuk began his hockey career before moving back to North America when he was 15, first to Chicago, Illinois, and then to Sarnia, Ontario, where Alex Galchenyuk, Sr. coaches.

Galchenyuk speaks three languages: Russian, Italian and English.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Chicago Young Americans MWEHL 38 44 43 87 56
2010–11 Sarnia Sting OHL 68 31 52 83 52
2011–12 Sarnia Sting OHL 2 0 0 0 0 6 2 2 4 4
2012–13 Sarnia Sting OHL 33 27 34 61 22
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 9 18 27 20 5 1 2 3 0
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 13 18 31 26 5 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 113 22 36 58 46 10 3 3 6 2
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Ice hockey
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2013 Russia
World Championships
Bronze 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WJC 1st 7 2 6 8 4
2013 United States WC 3rd 4 2 0 2 0
Junior totals 7 2 6 8 4
Senior totals 4 2 0 2 0

Notable awards and honours[edit]

  • MWEHL's Top Scorer with 87 points during the 2009–2010 season[13]
  • Awarded the 2010 Jack Ferguson Award which the OHL presents annually to the player picked first overall in the OHL Priority Selection.[14]
  • 1st All-Rookie Team (OHL) for the 2010–11 OHL season


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nathan Beaulieu
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Michael McCarron