Alex Petrovic

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Alex Petrovic
AlexPetrovic Rebels.jpg
Petrovic during the 2010-2011 Western Hockey League season
Born (1992-03-03) March 3, 1992 (age 24)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 36th overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2012–present

Alexander Petrovic (born March 3, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Petrovic was selected by the Panthers in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League (WHL).[1]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Petrovic was drafted by the Red Deer Rebels in the second round of the 2007 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. Prior to being drafted, he had been playing midget hockey in Edmonton.[2] He played his first full WHL season in 2008–2009, recording 13 points in 66 games.[3] Leading up to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Petrovic was ranked 29th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, and the Florida Panthers ultimately drafted Petrovic in the second round, 36th overall.[2] Petrovic played his entire junior career with the Rebels, turning pro for good after the 2011-2012 WHL season.[3]

Professional[edit]

On April 18, 2011, Florida signed Petrovic to a three-year, entry-level professional contract.[4] He made his professional debut in the American Hockey League (AHL) playoffs with the San Antonio Rampage after the 2011–12 season.[3] Petrovic began the 2012–13 season with the Rampage in the AHL, but was called up to the Panthers in April 2013. On April 18, he made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers,[5] playing in six games at the NHL level near the end of the season. He did not score any points, however, though he did record 25 penalty minutes.[3]

Petrovic attended training camp with the Panthers prior to the 2013–14 season, and was expected to stick with the club for the entire season, but he was one of the earliest cuts and returned to San Antonio of the AHL.[6] On January 26, 2016, Petrovic scored his first NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two weeks later on February 9 in a 7–4 Panthers win over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center, he picked up a goal and an assist but fought Evander Kane three times.[7] The three fights by the same two adversaries in a single NHL match was the first such occurrence since Jody Shelley and Bob Probert did it on January 10, 2002.[8]

Personal life[edit]

As a child, Petrovic's favorite player was Mike Modano and his favorite team was the Dallas Stars. He models his game after defenceman Chris Pronger. He is of Serbian descent.[2][9]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 MLAC Maple Leafs AMHL 31 3 8 11 80
2007–08 Red Deer Rebels WHL 10 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Red Deer Rebels WHL 66 1 12 13 70
2009–10 Red Deer Rebels WHL 57 8 19 27 87 4 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Red Deer Rebels WHL 69 7 50 57 140 9 0 6 6 23
2011–12 Red Deer Rebels WHL 68 12 36 48 141
2011–12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 5 0 1 1 0 9 2 4 6 14
2012–13 San Antonio Rampage AHL 55 4 13 17 102
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 0 0 25
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 43 2 11 13 79
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 7 0 1 1 8
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 41 3 17 20 59 3 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 33 0 3 3 34
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 66 2 15 17 90 6 1 3 4 4
NHL totals 112 2 19 21 157 6 1 3 4 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team 2011 [10]

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