Alex Goligoski

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Alex Goligoski
Alex Goligoski 2011-11-11.JPG
Goligoski with the Stars in 2011.
Born (1985-07-30) July 30, 1985 (age 28)
Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  United States
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 currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

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

Goligoski was drafted by the Penguins in the second round from Grand Rapids High School (ThunderHawks), 61st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Goligoski completed 3 years of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota where he was assistant captain with Kellen Briggs. He began his professional career with the Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2007. Goligoski was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins 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 played for Pittsburgh, registering his first point, an assist, on March 1 against the Ottawa Senators.

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 2008–2009 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 asked to play on the United States of America National Team at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. However, he declined because he hadn't had much off-time in the past few seasons.

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

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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 NCAA 32 5 15 20 44
2005–06 University of Minnesota NCAA 41 11 28 39 63
2006–07 University of Minnesota NCAA 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
NHL totals 318 40 122 162 114 15 2 8 10 2

International[edit]

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
Senior International totals 8 1 4 5 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2004–05
All-WCHA Second Team 2005–06
All-WCHA First Team 2006–07

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosen, Dan (2008-10-27). "Goligoski Making the Most of His Opportunity". PittsburghPenguins.com. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (13 November 2008). "Penguins 5, Flyers 4, SO". PittsburghPenguins.com. Retrieved 14 November 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Pen's names inscribed on cup". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-06-30. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Penguins acquire James Neal and Matt Niskanen from Stars for Alex Goligoski". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Dallas Stars sign Goligoski to four-year contract extension". ESPN. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 

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