Alex Foster
Alex Foster.jpg
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Al
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
CZE Team
F. Teams
HC Sparta Praha
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1984-08-26)August 26, 1984,
Canton, MI, USA
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2006 – present

Alexander Dwight Foster (born August 26, 1984 in Canton, Michigan) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga. He is the son of former NHL player Dwight Foster and nephew of former NHL player Wes Jarvis. Prior to advancing to the professional ranks, Foster played both junior hockey and college hockey. He played his collegiate hockey at Bowling Green State University. After leaving college in 2006, he was signed to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He played for their farm team, the Toronto Marlies, occasionally being called into action for the NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Alex Foster was born August 26, 1984 in Canton, Michigan to parents Dwight and Maryann Foster. He has two brothers and one sister. His father, Dwight is a former NHL player who played for the Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings during his 10 seasons in the major league.[1] His uncle, Wes Jarvis, also played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.[2] Foster graduated from Salem High School in 2002.[3]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Amateur[edit | edit source]

Alex Foster played junior hockey in the USHL for three seasons. He played the 2001-02 and 2002–03 seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede, and 2002–03 and 2003-04 seasons with the Danville Wings.[4] In his time with the Wings, he helped lead them to the final four of the USHL playoffs.

Foster joined the Bowling Green Falcons ice hockey team in 2004. During his time at Bowling Green, Foster amassed 82 points in 72 games and ranks 10th all-time at BGSU in assists-per-game, averaging .875.[3] In his freshman season (2004–05) he was named CCHA Rookie of the Week on January 9, 2005.[5] He finished the season as the ninth-highest scoring freshman in the conference.

In his sophomore (2005–06) season, Foster tallied 51 points in 38 games.[6] He was named CCHA Player of the Month for November 2005,[7] Offensive Player of the Week on November 7, 2005[8] and was a Hobey Baker Award candidate.

Professional[edit | edit source]

He was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 8, 2006. His contract included the maximum possible signing bonus, which was approximately US$170,000.[9] Foster was assigned to Toronto's AHL minors team, the Toronto Marlies the next day.[10] In his rookie (2005–06) season with the Marlies, Foster scored one goal in eight games.[11] On October 16, 2006, Foster was re-assigned to the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL, later to be recalled to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on November 11, 2006. Foster re-signed with the Toronto Marlies on July 18, 2007 with a one-year contract.[10]

On February 24, 2008, Foster established a Toronto Marlies single season record for short-handed goals when he scored his fifth short-handed goal of the season against the Hamilton Bulldogs.[12]

On March 17, 2008, Foster was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs and made his NHL debut the following night against the New York Islanders, wearing jersey #32. He would appear in three games before being re-assigned to the Toronto Marlies on March 26, 2008. In his three games he totaled one shot, no points, and no penalty minutes.[10]

On October 22, 2010, he was named the third captain in Toronto Marlies history.[13]

On June 7, 2011, after spending his 6th professional season within the Maple Leafs organization, Foster left as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with European team, HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga.[14]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • CCHA Rookie of the Week of January 10–16, 2005
  • CCHA Offensive Player of the Month of November (2005)
  • CCHA Offensive Player of the Week
  • Single Season Franchise Record (Toronto Marlies) for Shorthanded Goals (5) (2008)
  • Toronto Marlies Fan Favourite Award 2008

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 57 6 15 21 72 3 0 1 1 8
2002–03 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 5 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Danville Wings USHL 55 23 30 53 91 6 1 2 3 6
2004–05 BGSU Falcons CCHA 34 8 23 31 33 2 1 3 4 0
2005–06 BGSU Falcons CCHA 38 11 40 51 40 2 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Toronto Marlies AHL 8 1 0 1 6
2005–06 Columbia Inferno ECHL 9 1 10 11 6
2006–07 Toronto Marlies AHL 58 8 9 17 31
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 67 18 28 46 30 19 2 6 8 12
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 80 12 23 35 88 6 2 3 5 8
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 30 9 8 17 10
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 70 10 24 34 28
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dwight Alexander Foster. Legends of Hockey. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  2. Wes Herbert Jarvis. Legends of Hockey. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Player Bio: Alex Foster. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
  4. Alex Foster's profile at Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
  5. Alex Foster Named CCHA Rookie of the Week. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  6. Bowling Green 2005-2006 Season Statistics. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  7. Foster Named RBC Player of the Month. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
  8. Alex Foster Named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
  9. Inside College Hockey Extra. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Alex Foster. Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
  11. Alex Foster Individual Statistics. Toronto Marlies. Retrieved on 2008-05-24.
  12. Alex Foster Finally Gets the Call. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
  13. "Marlies name Foster Captain". Toronto Marlies (2010-10-22). Retrieved on 2010-10-22.
  14. "American Foster and Slovak Bliznak will play for Sparta" (in Czech). HC Sparta Praha (2011-06-07). Retrieved on 2011-06-07.

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