Alex Pietrangelo

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Alex Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo during the 2019 Stanley Cup parade.jpg
Pietrangelo with the St. Louis Blues in 2019
Born (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 31)
King City, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
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 defenceman and alternate captain for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the St. Louis Blues for parts of twelve seasons, captaining the Blues for his final four seasons with the franchise. Nicknamed "Petro", as a junior, he played with the Niagara IceDogs and Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Pietrangelo captained the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2019, where he tied the league-lead in the playoffs in assists and notably scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 7. In 2020, Pietrangelo signed with the Vegas Golden Knights in free agency.

Pietrangelo has competed with Team Canada at the junior and senior level, winning a gold medal win with Canada's under-20 team at the 2009 World Junior Championships. Individually, he was named Best Defenceman at the 2010 World Junior Championship and 2011 Men's World Championship. Pietrangelo was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Playing career[edit]

Minor[edit]

Pietrangelo at the Blues 2008 FanFest, weeks before signing his entry-level contract.

Pietrangelo played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Area when he was growing up. He started to play hockey for the NobleKing Knights, Rep A team and then with the Richmond Hill Stars of the OMHA before playing three years with the Vaughan Kings of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (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, John Tavares, Philip McRae and Michael Del Zotto. Toronto, however, was defeated in the tournament final by the Vancouver Pacific Vipers, on a goal by Jordan Eberle.[1][2] Pietrangelo was also a member of the All-Ontario Peewee AAA Champion Vaughan Kings team in 2003. He played three years in the Toronto Jr. Canadiens AAA system.[3] The Jr. 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 third overall by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s 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 Canadian Hockey League 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] Pietrangelo finishing his second OHL season with 53 points in 60 games.

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.[10] 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]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Pietrangelo during the 2010–11 season, his first full season with the Blues.

Pietrangelo was selected fourth overall by the St. Louis Blues at the Entry Draft on June 20, 2008.[11] Coming into training camp, the Blues signed him to an entry-level contract on September 4, 2008.[12] Pietrangelo earned his way onto the team for opening night and played his first NHL game against the Nashville Predators on October 10, 2008.[13] 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.[14] Pietrangelo returned shortly, and after playing eight games total for the Blues, he was sent back to his junior team, the Niagara Icedogs.[15] 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.[16]

Pietrangelo with the Blues during the 2013–14 season.

Pietrangelo began the 2009–10 season on the Blues' roster for a second consecutive year, but played in only nine games by December 2009. 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) and 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 September 13, 2013, Pietrangelo agreed to a seven-year, $45 million contract with the Blues.[21] Pietrangelo was again named to the NHL Second All-Star Team during the 2013–14 season.

On August 24, 2016, Pietrangelo was named captain of the Blues.[1] In his second year as captain, he was injured in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on December 9 and was placed on injured reserve until December 19.[22] Despite his setback from injury, Pietrangelo was selected for his first NHL All-Star Game where he won the All-Star passing challenge.[23] Pietrangelo also set a new career-high in points and goals at the conclusion of the regular season. On June 12, 2019, Pietrangelo and the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Pietrangelo scored the cup-winning goal in Game 7 after being set up by Jaden Schwartz. During the 2019 playoffs, Pietrangelo tied with Bruins defenceman Torey Krug for leading the league in assists and lead the league in scoring amongst defenceman.

On December 29, 2019, Pietrangelo got his 326th assist, topping Al MacInnis as the most by a Blues defenseman. Pietrangelo was selected to play in his second All-Star Game, along with Blues teammates Ryan O'Reilly, David Perron and Jordan Binnington.

Vegas Golden Knights[edit]

In the final year of his contract with free agency impending, Pietrangelo and the Blues were unable to come to terms on a contract extension. The two parties ultimately broke off negotiations, making Pietrangelo a free agent for the first time in his career. On October 12, 2020, Pietrangelo signed a seven-year, $61.6 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.[24]

International play[edit]

AlexPietrangeloCanada.JPG
Pietrangelo at the 2010 World Junior Championships
Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi
Canada Cup / World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2016 Toronto
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Canada
Silver medal – second place 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.[25] He played next for the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2009 World Junior Championships and won a gold medal.[26]

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.[27] He was selected as an alternate captain to Patrice Cormier. In the final game of the round-robin, Pietrangelo 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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] Pietrangelo was part of Canada's gold-medal winning 2014 Winter Olympic team. He played in all six of Canada's games, contributing one assist.

On October 3, 2021, Pietrangelo was one of the first three players named to the men's hockey roster for Canada's team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, alongside Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Pietrangelo was born to parents Joe and Edy, and raised along with his older brother David in King City.[32] His father is the cousin of former NHL goaltender Frank Pietrangelo.[33] Pietrangelo married St. Louis native Jayne in July 2016.[34][35] In June 2017, he and his wife lost a son due to complications with the pregnancy.[36] They had triplets in July 2018.[37] The couple had their fourth child, a girl in September 2020.[38]

As a child, Pietrangelo's friend died of cancer. As an adult, his niece was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, but survived.[36] This led him to partner with Friends of Kids with Cancer to raise funds and awareness for youth living with cancer.[39][40]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Bold indicates led league

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Toronto Jr. Canadiens AAA GTHL U16 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
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 7 39 46 28 6 0 2 2 0
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 7 30 37 20 20 2 8 10 16
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 14 34 48 24 11 0 4 4 8
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 15 39 54 22
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 13 28 41 22 26 3 16 19 12
2019–20 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 16 36 52 20 9 1 5 6 6
2020–21 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 41 7 16 23 16 19 4 8 12 18
NHL totals 799 116 357 473 257 111 12 51 63 62

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada IH18 4th 4 1 1 2 2
2009 Canada WJC 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 1 2 3 0
2010 Canada WJC 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 3 9 12 14
2011 Canada WC 5th 7 2 3 5 2
2014 Canada OG 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 0
2016 Canada WCH 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 16 5 12 17 16
Senior totals 19 3 6 9 4

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup champion 2019
Playoff assists leader (16)

(Tied with Torey Krug)

2019
NHL Second All-Star Team 2012, 2014, 2020
NHL All-Star Game 2018, 2020

References[edit]

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