Andrew Alberts
Andrew Alberts 2010-03-16.jpg
Alberts with the Canucks in 2010
Position Defense
Shoots Left
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
218 lb (99 kg)
Teams Carolina Hurricanes
Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1981-06-30)June 30, 1981,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
NHL Draft 179th overall, 2001
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 2005 – 2014

Andrew James Alberts (born June 30, 1981) was an American professional ice hockey defenseman who played for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has additionally played in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. A stay-at-home defenseman, he is known for playing a physical style of game.

After a two-year junior career in the United States Hockey League (USHL), he was selected by the Bruins 179th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Following the draft, he joined the college ranks with the Boston College Eagles of the Hockey East conference. In four seasons with the Eagles, Alberts was named Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman and was a two-time NCAA All-American. Joining the Bruins in 2005, he played three seasons with the club before being traded to the Flyers. He played with the Flyers for one year, then with the Hurricanes in 2009. At the trade deadline the following year, he was dealt to the Canucks. Internationally, Alberts has competed for the American national team at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Amateur[edit | edit source]

Alberts played high school hockey for Benilde-St. Margaret's School from 1997 to 1999. In his graduating year, he earned All-Conference honors while leading the Red Knights to a State Class A title.[1] He played the next two seasons at the junior level in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Waterloo Blackhawks. Recording 4 points over 49 games in his rookie campaign, he was named the team's Most Improved Player.[1] In 2000–01, he served as an alternate captain while raising his points total to 14 over 54 games.[1] That summer, Alberts was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Following the draft, Alberts began playing college hockey for Boston College Eagles of the Hockey East conference in 2001. His first college goal came in the first round of the 2002 Beanpot,[notes 1] a short handed marker against the Boston University Terriers.[1] He scored 12 points his freshman year before improving to 22 points in 2002–03. In his third college year, he recorded 16 points was a co-recipient of Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman award with Prestin Ryan of the Maine Black Bears.[3] He was also named to the Hockey East Second All-Star and NCAA East First All-American Teams.[4]

Alberts did not miss a game during his college career until suffering two knee injuries during his senior year in 2004–05.[1][5] Limited to 30 games, he again recorded 16 points and was named to the Hockey East First All-Star Team. In the playoffs, he ended what was the longest semifinal game in Hockey East history with a double-overtime goal against the Maine Black Bears.[6][notes 2] Alberts earned Hockey East All-Tournament honors, as the Eagles defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats 3–1 in the final to win the Lamoriello Trophy as conference champions.[7] He also earned his second consecutive NCAA East All-American recognition.[4]

Alberts with the Bruins in April 2008

Professional[edit | edit source]

Following his senior year with the Eagles, Alberts signed an amateur tryout contract with the Boston Bruins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins, on April 1, 2005.[8] He appeared in the final eight games of the 2004–05 AHL regular season before helping the club to the Conference Finals of the playoffs. He scored his first professional goal in Game 5 of the Conference Finals against goaltender Antero Niittymaki in a 6–4 win against the Philadelphia Phantoms.[9]

After signing a one-year NHL contract with Boston in August 2005,[4] he appeared in his first NHL training camp in September 2005. Making the Bruins' roster for the 2005–06 season, he made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005 in a game versus the Montreal Canadiens.[10] A month later, he notched his first NHL point, an assist, in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 19.[10] In December 2005, Alberts received a brief 10-day assignment to Providence, notching an assist over 6 games during that span.[4] Returning to the Boston lineup, he scored his first NHL goal late in the campaign during a game against the Buffalo Sabres on March 12, 2006.[10] Playing in 73 games as a rookie, Alberts scored a goal and 6 assists.[2]

After re-signing for another year in July 2006, he recorded 10 assists over 76 games the following season. He earned his first multi-year contract in the off-season, re-signing with the Bruins.[11] During the 2007–08 season, he was limited to 35 games due to a head injury suffered on November 26, 2007, during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Going down to his knees to block a puck moving into the defensive zone, opposing forward Scott Hartnell bodychecked him, using his elbow to hit Alberts' head against the boards.[12] Alberts left the game injured, while Hartnell received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct; he was later suspended an additional two games by the league.[12] Alberts recovered in time to make his NHL playoff debut in April 2008, as the Bruins were eliminated in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens.[13][14]

Alberts with the Flyers in March 2009

After being a healthy scratch for the Bruins' first two games in the 2008–09 season, Alberts was traded to Philadelphia for Ned Lukacevic and a conditional 2009 draft pick on October 13, 2008.[15] The emergence of younger defenceman Matt Hunwick was partly responsible for his expandability.[16] Alberts became an integral part of the Flyers' defensive corps, leading the team in hits (157) and ranking third in blocked shots (133).[17] His 12 assists and 13 points were career-highs.[2]

Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, Alberts signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 16, 2009. The contract paid him $800,000 the first year and $1.3 million the second.[17] After appearing in 62 games for Carolina, he was dealt at the 2009–10 trade deadline on March 3, 2010, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 draft (Austin Levi). Between Carolina and Vancouver, Alberts finished the regular season with 3 goals and 12 points over 76 games. His defensive play struggled in his initial stint with Vancouver, often being made a healthy scratch.[18] He continued to earn criticism from Vancouver fans and media in the playoffs, particularly for his lack of speed and for taking costly penalties.[18][19]

Alberts came back to the Canucks with improved play during the 2010 pre-season and beat out Shane O'Brien for the team's final spot on defense (O'Brien was subsequently traded prior to the start of the season).[20][21] Nearly a month into the season, Alberts suffered a minor knee injury during a game against the Colorado Avalanche,[22] but did not miss any games.[4] Later in the season, he was sucker-punched in the face by enforcer Jody Shelley during a game against the Flyers in December 2010. The two were being restrained by referees during a scrum when Shelley struck him. As a result, he received a two-game suspension from the league and forfeited $26,829.27 in salary. Though Alberts left the game, he was not injured on the play.[23] The following month, Alberts suffered a right shoulder injury during a game against the Minnesota Wild on January 16, 2011.[24] Shortly after recovering and returning to the lineup, he suffered another injury, breaking his wrist while blocking a shot during a game against the St. Louis Blues on February 14, 2011.[25] He missed the remainder of the regular season,[4] finishing with a goal and seven assists, while leading Canucks defencemen with 113 hits, over 42 games. Recovering in time for the playoffs, Alberts appeared in nine post-season games (he did not register any points) during the Canucks' run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated in seven games by the Boston Bruins. During the off-season, Alberts was re-signed by the Canucks to a two-year, $2.45 million deal on June 29, 2011 (two days prior to his pending unrestricted free agency).[26]

International Play[edit | edit source]

Alberts first played internationally for the American national team at the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia. He scored his first international goal in the preliminary round, a 3–0 shutout against Denmark.[27] Later in the tournament, the United States were shutout by Sweden in the quarterfinal and finished in seventh place.[28][29] Alberts returned for the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Russia. He notched one assist as the United States finished in fifth place.[30] They were eliminated in the quarterfinal against Finland, a 5–4 shootout loss.[31]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Alberts was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mary and Dale Alberts.[1] The third of four children, he has two older sisters and one younger brother.[1] Alberts attended Eden Prairie High School for his first two years of secondary before graduating from Benilde-St. Margaret's School in June 1999.[1] While enrolled in Boston College, Alberts earned a communications degree.[10] Prior to his senior year, he was awarded the Morrissey Brothers Memorial Hockey Scholarship.[1]

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular Season and Playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Waterloo Blackhawks USHL 49 2 2 4 55 4 0 0 0 12
2000–01 Waterloo Blackhawks USHL 54 4 10 14 128
2001–02 Boston College Eagles HE 38 2 10 12 52
2002–03 Boston College Eagles HE 39 6 16 22 60
2003–04 Boston College Eagles HE 42 4 12 16 64
2004–05 Boston College Eagles HE 30 4 12 16 67
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 8 0 0 0 16 16 1 4 5 40
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 6 0 1 1 7
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 73 1 6 7 68
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 76 0 10 10 124
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 35 0 2 2 39 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 1 12 13 61 6 0 1 1 10
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 62 2 8 10 74
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 1 1 2 13 10 0 1 1 27
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 42 1 6 7 41 9 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 381 6 45 51 420 27 0 2 2 43
HE totals 149 16 50 66 243
USHL totals 103 6 12 18 183 4 0 0 0 12
AHL totals 14 0 1 1 23 16 1 4 5 40

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States WHC 7 1 0 1 14
2007 United States WHC 7 0 1 1 14
Senior int'l totals 14 1 1 2 28

Awards[edit | edit source]

Award Year
Hockey East Second All-Star Team 2004
Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman
(co-recipient with Prestin Ryan)
NCAA East First All-American Team 2004
Hockey East First All-Star Team 2005
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2005
Lamoriello Trophy
(Hockey East champions; with Boston College Eagles)
NCAA East First All-American Team 2005

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Beanpot is an annual tournament between the four major colleges in the Boston area. It does not count toward conference standings or standings.
  2. The game ended at 89 minutes and 9 seconds, surpassing the previous record-setting match between Boston College and Boston University, which lasted 85 minutes.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Andrew Alberts. Boston College. Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andrew Alberts player profile. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  3. Hockey East Awards. Hockey East. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Andrew Alberts. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2011-01-17.
  5. "BC avenges earlier loss, gets quality win", ESPN, 2005-02-15. Retrieved on 2011-01-18. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nancy Marrapese-Burrell. "Alberts, BC gain final in second OT", The Boston Globe, 2005-03-19. Retrieved on 2011-01-18. 
  7. "Boyle and Schneider Take Weekly Accolades for Tournament Performances", CBS College Sports, 2005-03-21. Retrieved on 2011-01-18. 
  8. "Providence Bruins sign Andrew Alberts", OurSports Central, 2005-04-01. Retrieved on 2011-01-18. 
  9. "Boyes, Bruins force Game 6", OurSports Central, 2005-05-27. Retrieved on 2011-01-18. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Andrew Alberts: Bio. Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  11. "Andrew Alberts extended by Bruins", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007-06-12. Retrieved on 2011-01-17. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kevin Paul Dumont. "Bruins' Alberts mum on Hartnell suspension", Boston Globe, 2007-11-28. Retrieved on 2011-01-17. 
  13. "Kovalev wins it in overtime for Montreal", USA Today, 2008-04-13. Retrieved on 2011-03-14. 
  14. 2008 NHL Playoffs Summary. Hockey Retrieved on 2011-03-14.
  15. "News: Flyers Acquire Andrew Alberts", Philadelphia Flyers, 2008-10-13. Retrieved on 2009-04-24. 
  16. "Flyers trade for Andrew Alberts", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2008-10-13. Retrieved on 2011-01-17. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Hurricanes agree to terms with Alberts", National Hockey League, 2009-07-15. Retrieved on 2011-01-17. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 Iain MacIntyre. "Remaining Canucks blueliners Bieksa, O'Brien and...yes...Alberts elevate their game", The Vancouver Sun, 2010-05-11. Retrieved on 2011-01-17. 
  19. Brad Zeimer. "Penalties turn blueliner Andrew Alberts into Mr. Unpopularity", The Vancouver Sun, 2010-04-17. Retrieved on 2011-01-17. 
  20. Brad Zeimer. "Salary cap crunch will force Vancouver to make withdrawal from defence corps", The Vancouver Sun, Postmedia Network, 2010-10-01. Retrieved on 2011-03-22. 
  21. "Predators trade two; get Canucks' O'Brien", Rogers Sportsnet, 2010-10-05. Retrieved on 2011-03-22. 
  22. Iain MacIntyre. "Canucks infirmary: Andrew Alberts' knee could add to injury woes", The Vancouver Sun, Postmedia Network, 2010-10-27. Retrieved on 2011-03-22. 
  23. Jim Jamieson. "Alberts OK after sucker-punch in Flyers game", The Province, Postmedia Network, 2010-12-30. Retrieved on 2011-03-22. 
  24. "Reeling Wild rebound on Anton Khubodin's first career shutout", ESPN, 2011-01-16. Retrieved on 2011-03-22. 
  25. "Canucks lose another d-man as Alberts breaks wrist", National Hockey League, 2011-02-15. Retrieved on 2011-03-22. 
  26. "Maxim Lapierre, Andrew Alberts re-sign", ESPN, 2011-06-29. Retrieved on 2011-06-29. 
  27. Game Summary. International Ice Hockey Federation (2006-05-07). Retrieved on 2011-01-17.
  28. Tournament Progress (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  29. Final Rankings (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  30. Final Rankings (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  31. Tournament Progress (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cliff Loya
Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman
(shared with Prestin Ryan)

Succeeded by
Tim Judy

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