Alex Biega (ice hockey)
Biega playing for the Utica Comets
April 4, 1988|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL team||Vancouver Canucks|
147th overall, 2006|
Alex Biega (born April 4, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Biega was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 5th round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Biega was drafted by the Rimouski Océanic in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 QMJHL Entry Draft, but choose instead to play high school hockey at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut. Biega then attended Harvard University where he played four seasons of NCAA Division I ice hockey with the Harvard Crimson men's ice hockey team. Biega was a standout player for the Crimson where, in his freshman season, he was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie team, and in his junior year he was awarded the John Tudor Memorial Cup as the Crimson's most valuable player. In his senior year Biega was named the team's captain.
Biega was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but was not able to sign a professional contract until after he completed his NCAA play. Upon graduation, on May 27, 2010, Biega was signed by the Sabres to a two-year contract.
On October 9, 2010 Biega made his professional debut playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Portland Pirates, and on November 20, 2010, scored his first professional goal to help his team to a 2–1 win over the visiting Worcester Sharks. He went on to play in 61 regular-season games with the Pirates during the 2010–11 AHL season and also played 12 playoff games during his rookie campaign.
On July 5, 2013, Biega agreed to a one-year contract as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks. He was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets for their inaugural season in 2013–14, appearing in a career-high 73 games for 22 points from the blueline. On July 1, 2014, Biega re-signed with the Canucks, on a one-year contract worth $600,000. He was called up to Vancouver after posting 10 points in 25 games with Utica.
Biega started the 2015-16 season with the Comets where he was named captain at the start of the season. He was called up to the Canucks in mid-December and on December 20, 2015, Biega earned his first career assist. It came on a Jannik Hansen goal in a 5−4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers. On February 2, 2016, Biega signed a one-way, two-year contract extension valued at $1.5 million.
On February 28, 2018, he was again signed to a two-year contract extension by the Canucks, this time valued at $1.65 million.
Biega's brother, Danny Biega, is also a professional ice hockey player who last played for the Carolina Hurricanes. He also has two other brothers, Marc and Michael. Alex, Danny, and Michael all played hockey for Harvard University becoming the first trio of brothers since 2000 to play for Harvard.
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and honours
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||2006–07|||
|All-ECAC Hockey Third Team||2007–08|
|ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team||2008|||
|All-ECAC Hockey Third Team||2008–09|
|All-Ivy League First All-Star Team||2008–09|||
|ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team||2008–09|||
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- Hockey Awards & Achievements - NCAA (ECAC) All-Academic Team