Alex Pietrangelo
Position Defence
Shoots Right
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
207 lb (94 kg)
NHL Team St. Louis Blues
Born (1990-01-18)January 18, 1990,
King City, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2008
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 2008 – present

Alexander Pietrangelo (born January 18, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a junior, he played with the Niagara IceDogs and the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Pietrangelo has competed in with Team Canada at the junior and senior level, including a gold medal win with Canada's under-20 team at the 2009 World Junior Championships. Individually, he has been named Best Defenceman at the 2010 World Junior Championship and 2011 Men's World Championship.

Hockey career[edit | edit source]

Minor[edit | edit source]

Pietrangelo played minor hockey in the Toronto area when he was growing up. He started to play hockey with the Richmond Hill Stars of the OMHA before playing three years with the Vaughan Kings of the 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, Philip McRae, and Michael Del Zotto. Toronto was defeated in the tournament final by the Vancouver Pacific Vipers, on a goal by Jordan Eberle.[1]. He was also a member of the All-Ontario Peewee AAA Champion Vaughan Kings in 2003. Pietrangelo played three years in the Toronto Junior Canadiens AAA system.[2] The Toronto Junior Canadiens won Ontario's bantam championship in 2005, with Pietrangelo scoring the game winning goal in the final against the Markham Waxers.[3]

Junior[edit | edit source]

After his successful minor hockey career, Pietrangelo was drafted 3rd overall by the Mississauga IceDogs in the first round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.[4] 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 St. Catharines as the franchise relocated in 2007.

In September 2007, he was named CHL Player of the Week after recording three goals and four assists in two games. In December 2007, TSN ranked Pietrangelo third overall among eligible skaters for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[5] International Scouting Services described Pietrangelo as a "tremendous specimen in terms of size and skills"[6] and ranked him fifth among North American draft prospects at mid-season, then sixth in their final rankings leading up to the draft.[7] After finishing his second OHL season with 53 points in 60 games, he was selected fourth overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on June 20, 2008.[8]

Pietrangelo during 2008 Blues Fan Fest

Coming into training camp, the Blues signed him to an entry-level contract on September 4, 2008.[9] Pietrangelo earned his way onto the team for opening night and played his first NHL game against the Nashville Predators on October 10, 2008.[10] 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.[11] Pietrangelo returned shortly, and after playing eight games total for the Blues, he was sent back to his junior team, the Niagara IceDogs.[12] 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.[13]

Pietrangelo began the 2009–10 NHL season on the Blues' roster for a second consecutive year, but played in only nine games by December 2009. After the Blues lended 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. 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 | edit source]

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), shots (161), while ranking third in average ice time per game.[14] Due to his previous eight- and nine-game seasons in the NHL, he did not qualify as a rookie.[15] 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.

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Canada
Silver 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.[16] He played next for the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2009 World Junior Championships and won a gold medal.[17]

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.[18] He was selected as an alternate captain to Patrice Cormier. In the final game of the round-robin, Pietrangeo 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.[19] 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 selecetd 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.[20] Canada advanced to the quarterfinal as the top-ranked team in their pool, but lost 2–1 to Russia. At the end of the tournanment, Pietrangelo was chosen as the Best Defenceman by the directorate.[21]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 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
OHL totals 180 37 126 163 198 27 7 16 23 20
NHL totals 96 12 34 46 27

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Short, John. "Vipers take Brick in OT thriller", Edmonton Journal, 2000-08-14, p. D4. 
  2. Player Profile - Alex Pietrangelo. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2011-01-16.
  3. "Sports Ticker", Toronto Star, 2005-04-03, p. B10. 
  4. "Stamkos No. 1 at OHL draft", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006-05-06. Retrieved on 2008-01-14. 
  5. McKenzie, Bob. "Stamkos unanimous pick for top prospect", The Sports Network, 2007-09-07. Retrieved on 2008-01-14. 
  6. "ISS Draft Rankings (OHL)", The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2008-01-14. 
  7. Pietrangelo Looking to Make it Big. St. Louis (2008-06-20). Retrieved on 2008-06-22.
  8. Blues Select Pietrangelo with 4th pick. St. Louis (2008-06-20). Retrieved on 2006-06-22.
  9. Blues sign Pietrangelo: Defenseman was the Blues' first-round pick in 2008. St. Louis Blues. Retrieved on 2008-11-12.
  10. Rookie will start season on blue line. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2008-10-07). Retrieved on 2008-11-13.
  11. Blues come back to beat Maple Leafs. The Hockey News (2008-10-13). Retrieved on 2008-11-13.
  12. Blues assign Pietrangelo to Niagara. St. Louis Blues (2008-11-13). Retrieved on 2008-11-13.
  13. Blues Assign Pietrangelo to Peoria. (April 10, 2009). Retrieved on April 11, 2009.
  14. 2010-2011 Regular Season St Louis Blues Defenseman Summary Total Points. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-05-19.
  15. Calder Memorial Trophy. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-05-19.
  16. "Canada's National Team Finishes Fourth", Hockey Canada, 2007-08-18. Retrieved on 2008-01-14. 
  17. Canada's junior hockey heroes proud in victory. CTV News (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  18. NHLer Pietrangelo aims to be go-to guy. The Leader-Post (2009-12-14). Retrieved on 2010-01-05.
  19. Canada comes back to beat USA in shootout. The Sports Network (2010-01-02). Retrieved on 2010-01-05.
  20. "Defensemen Scoring Leaders" (PDF), International Ice Hockey Federation, 2011-05-15. Retrieved on 2011-05-19. 
  21. Best Players Selected By the Directorate (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2011-05-19.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Perron
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
Succeeded by
David Rundblad
Preceded by
Erik Karlsson
World Junior Best Defenceman
Succeeded by
Ryan Ellis
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