Alex Pietrangelo

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Alex Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo 2014-03-22.JPG
Born (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 24)
King City, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2008
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2008–present

Alexander Pietrangelo (born January 18, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for and an alternate captain of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a junior, he played with the Niagara IceDogs and Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Pietrangelo has competed in with Team Canada at the junior and senior level, including a gold medal win with Canada's under-20 team at the 2009 World Junior Championships. Individually, he has been named Best Defenceman at the 2010 World Junior Championship and 2011 Men's World Championship. His father is the cousin of former NHL goaltender Frank Pietrangelo.[1]

On January 7, 2014, he was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey team, winning a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Playing career[edit]

Minor[edit]

Pietrangelo played minor hockey in the Toronto area when he was growing up. He started to play hockey with the Richmond Hill Stars of the OMHA before playing three years with the Vaughan Kings of the GTHL. As a novice aged player (nine and under), Pietrangelo and his Toronto Pro Hockey Development teammates participated in the 2000 Brick Super Novice Tournament in Edmonton, Alberta. His teammates included Steven Stamkos, Philip McRae, and Michael Del Zotto. Toronto was defeated in the tournament final by the Vancouver Pacific Vipers, on a goal by Jordan Eberle.[2] He was also a member of the All-Ontario Peewee AAA Champion Vaughan Kings in 2003. Pietrangelo played three years in the Toronto Junior Canadiens AAA system.[3] The Toronto Junior Canadiens won Ontario's bantam championship in 2005, with Pietrangelo scoring the game-winning goal in the final against the Markham Waxers.[4]

Junior[edit]

After his successful minor hockey career, Pietrangelo was drafted 3rd overall by the Mississauga IceDogs in the first round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.[5] He scored at a near point-per-game pace in his rookie season with the IceDogs with 52 points in 59 games, then moved with the team to Niagara as the franchise relocated in 2007.

In September 2007, he was named CHL Player of the Week after recording three goals and four assists in two games.[6] In December 2007, TSN ranked Pietrangelo third overall among eligible skaters for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[7] International Scouting Services described Pietrangelo as a "tremendous specimen in terms of size and skills"[8] and ranked him fifth among North American draft prospects at mid-season, then sixth in their final rankings leading up to the draft.[9] After finishing his second OHL season with 53 points in 60 games, he was selected fourth overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on June 20, 2008.[10]

Pietrangelo during 2008 Blues Fan Fest

Coming into training camp, the Blues signed him to an entry-level contract on September 4, 2008.[11] Pietrangelo earned his way onto the team for opening night and played his first NHL game against the Nashville Predators on October 10, 2008.[12] Three days later, however, he suffered a head injury on October 13, in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs when Ryan Hollweg checked him from behind into the boards.[13] Pietrangelo returned shortly, and after playing eight games total for the Blues, he was sent back to his junior team, the Niagara IceDogs.[14] On April 10, 2009, he was assigned to the Blues' top minor-league affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League (AHL), after his junior season had ended.[15]

Pietrangelo began the 2009–10 NHL season on the Blues' roster for a second consecutive year, but played in only nine games by December 2009. After the Blues lent him to the Canadian under-20 team for the 2010 World Junior Championships, Pietrangelo was returned to the OHL. During the World Juniors, his OHL rights were traded from the IceDogs to the Barrie Colts.[16] Playing half a season with Barrie, he recorded 29 points in 25 games, while adding 14 points in 17 playoff games. Due to his long playoff run with the Colts, he did not have the opportunity to play in the AHL as he did the previous season.

Professional[edit]

Pietrangelo with the Blues in 2014.

In 2010–11, Pietrangelo played his first full season with the Blues, leading all team defencemen with 43 points (11 goals and 32 assists) over 79 games. He also led team defencemen in plus/minus (+18), shots (161), while ranking third in average ice time per game.[17] Due to his previous eight- and nine-game seasons in the NHL, he did not qualify as a rookie.[18] Comparatively, the league's leading scorer among rookie defencemen that season was teammate Kevin Shattenkirk, who was born a year earlier than Pietrangelo; he also recorded 43 points.[19] At the end of the 2011-12 season, Pietrangelo was named to the NHL second all-star team.[20]

On Friday, September 13, 2013, Pietrangelo agreed to a seven-year, $45 million contract with the Blues.[21]

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Canada
Silver 2010 Canada

Pietrangelo was picked to play for Team Canada's under-18 team at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he served as an alternate captain. The team finished fourth.[22] He played next for the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2009 World Junior Championships and won a gold medal.[23]

The following year, Pietrangelo was loaned by his NHL team, the St. Louis Blues, to play for Team Canada in his second World Junior Championships in 2010.[24] He was selected as an alternate captain to Patrice Cormier. In the final game of the round-robin, Pietrangeo scored a shorthanded game-tying goal against the United States to send the game to overtime. Canada eventually won in a shootout and earned a bye into the semi-final.[25] Advancing to the gold medal game, Canada met the United States in a rematch, but lost 6–5 in overtime. Pietrangelo picked up several individual honours at the conclusion of the tournament. He was named a Tournament All-Star by the media, the Best Defenceman by the directorate and was selected by the coaching staff as one of Canada's top three players.

As the St. Louis Blues failed to make the playoffs in Pietrangelo's first full season in the NHL, he was selected to Canada's men's team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. With two goals and three assists for five points over seven games, he led Canada in defensive scoring, while tying for second overall among all tournament defencemen.[26] Canada advanced to the quarterfinal as the top-ranked team in their pool, but lost 2–1 to Russia. At the end of the tournament, Pietrangelo was chosen as the Best Defenceman by the directorate.[27]

Pietrangelo was part of Canada's gold-medal winning 2014 Olympic team. He played in all six of Canada's games, contributing one assist.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 44 13 31 44 33
2006–07 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 59 7 45 52 45 4 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Niagara IceDogs OHL 60 13 40 53 94 6 5 4 9 4
2008–09 Niagara IceDogs OHL 36 8 21 29 32
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 8 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 1 0 0 0 4 7 0 3 3 2
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 1 2 6
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 25 9 20 29 27 17 2 12 14 8
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 11 32 43 19
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 12 39 51 36 8 0 5 5 0
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 5 19 24 10 6 1 1 2 2
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 8 43 51 32 6 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 305 37 135 172 105 20 2 8 10 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg 6 1 2 3 0
2010 Canada WJC Silver medal icon.svg 6 3 9 12 14
2011 Canada WC 5th 7 2 3 5 2
2014 Canada Oly Gold medal icon.svg 6 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 12 4 11 15 14
Senior totals 13 2 4 6 2

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Short, John (2000-08-14). "Vipers take Brick in OT thriller". Edmonton Journal. p. D4. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile - Alex Pietrangelo". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Sports Ticker". Toronto Star. 2005-04-03. p. B10. 
  5. ^ "Stamkos No. 1 at OHL draft". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-05-06. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
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  8. ^ "ISS Draft Rankings (OHL)". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
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  12. ^ "Rookie will start season on blue line". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 2008-10-07. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  13. ^ "Blues come back to beat Maple Leafs". The Hockey News. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
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  15. ^ "Blues Assign Pietrangelo to Peoria". NHL.com. April 10, 2009. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
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  20. ^ "Pietrangelo Named to 2nd All-Star Team". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
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  27. ^ "Best Players Selected By the Directorate" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Perron
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
David Rundblad
Preceded by
Erik Karlsson
World Junior Best Defenceman
2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Ellis