Alexandre R. Picard

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This article is about the hockey defenceman. For the left winger of the same name, see Alexandre Picard (ice hockey).
Alexandre R. Picard
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Picard with the Penguins in 2011.
Born (1985-07-05) July 5, 1985 (age 29)
Gatineau, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Lev Praha
Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ottawa Senators
Carolina Hurricanes
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2003
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2005–present

Alexandre Remi Picard (born July 5, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the HC Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Picard began his career by playing major junior hockey for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. The team was highly successful while he was there, even helping them reach the President's Cup finals in 2002–03. In fact, following that season, he was one of eight players on the team chosen in 2003 NHL Entry Draft.[1] However, he was among several players traded to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, but returned to the Mooseheads for his final season in the QMJHL, but they had a short post-season berth.

Following the post-season, Picard went to Philadelphia, and began to work-out with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, who were in the Calder Cup finals. When teammate Randy Jones was injured in game two, he was signed to an amateur tryout contract to fill the roster spot. So, Picard played alongside veteran John Slaney in about a dozen shifts in games three and four to help the Phantoms sweep the Chicago Wolves.

A month later, the Flyers announced that they had signed Picard to a three year contract to fill the spot left on the Phantoms roster by Patrick Sharp. So, Picard played his first full professional season for the Phantoms, and also played six games for the Flyers in four stints. He was also called up to be backup for the Flyers during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Picard began the 2006–07 NHL season with the Phantoms, but after just six games, he was called up to replace the injured Mike Rathje and began his rookie season in the NHL. Picard proved he could stay in the NHL when, on February 1, 2007, he recorded five assists in a game against the New Jersey Devils, nearly tying the franchise record set by Eric Lindros.

Picard was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 25, 2008 (along with a draft pick), for forward Vaclav Prospal.

On August 29, 2008, Picard was traded to the Ottawa Senators along with Filip Kuba and a first round draft pick for Andrej Meszaros.

On February 12, 2010, Picard, who had been a healthy scratch for much of the season, along with Ottawa's second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Matt Cullen.

On July 31, 2010, Picard signed a one year contract with the Montreal Canadiens[2]

On July 5, 2011, Picard was signed to a one year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $600,000 at the NHL level.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 59 2 12 14 28 13 2 3 5 6
2002–03 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 71 4 30 34 64 25 1 5 6 14
2003–04 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 57 10 26 36 44 5 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 68 15 23 38 46 13 1 5 6 14
2004–05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 75 7 26 33 82
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 6 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 3 19 22 17
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 53 8 30 38 31
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 20 3 3 6 8
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 47 6 8 14 8
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 45 4 11 15 20
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 9 0 0 0 6
2010−11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 3 5 8 17
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 43 8 13 21 20 12 0 6 6 6
2011−12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 4 4 4
NHL totals 253 19 50 69 86

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
Second All-Star Team 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mooseheads Team History". Halifax Mooseheads. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Picard signs one-year deal". Montreal Canadiens. 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 

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