Alexander Marcus Flint Goligoski (born July 30, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). During his NHL career, he has also played for the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins, the organization that drafted him in the second round, 61st overall, in 2004.
Goligoski in October 2014
July 30, 1985|
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|National team||United States|
61st overall, 2004|
Goligoski was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round from Grand Rapids High School (ThunderHawks), 61st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Goligoski completed three years of college ice hockey at the University of Minnesota, where he was assistant captain with Kellen Briggs.
He began his professional career with the Penguins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2007. Goligoski was then recalled by Pittsburgh on February 5, 2008, and played his first NHL game against the Boston Bruins on February 13. After being returned to Wilkes-Barre, he again later recalled by Pittsburgh, registering his first point, an assist, on March 1 against the Ottawa Senators.
Due to injuries to Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney, Goligoski began the 2008–09 season on the roster for Pittsburgh. He scored his first NHL goal in his first game that season against Alex Auld of the Ottawa Senators. On November 13, Goligoski scored on his first shootout attempt of his career; the goal won the game for the Penguins. He was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup-winning Penguins team.
On June 15, 2009, Goligoski signed a three-year, $5.5 million extension with the Penguins.
On February 21, 2011, Goligoski was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for left winger James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen. In 2011, Goligoski was invited to play for the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. He declined, however, because he had not had much off-time in the past few seasons.
On January 23, 2012, Goligoski signed a four-year, $18.4 million contract extension with Dallas.
On June 16, 2016, the Stars traded his rights to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As an impending free agent, Goligoski was signed before the exclusivity window closed, agreeing to a five-year contract with the Coyotes on June 21, 2016.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2002–03||River City Lancers||USHL||10||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|2003–04||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||10||0||2||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Minnesota||WCHA||32||5||15||20||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Minnesota||WCHA||41||11||28||39||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of Minnesota||WCHA||44||9||30||39||51||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||2005|
|All-WCHA Second Team||2006|
|All-WCHA First Team||2007|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2007|
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2009|
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- Associated Press (November 13, 2008). "Penguins 5, Flyers 4, SO". PittsburghPenguins.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2008.
- "Pen's names inscribed on cup". Pittsburgh Penguins. June 30, 2009. Archived from the original on January 9, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
- "Penguins acquire James Neal and Matt Niskanen from Stars for Alex Goligoski". Pittsburgh Penguins. February 21, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
- "Dallas Stars sign Goligoski to four-year contract extension". ESPN. January 23, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- "Coyotes Acquire Negotiating Rights to Goligoski". Arizona Coyotes. June 16, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Coyotes ink pending UFA Alex Goligoski to five-year deal". Sportsnet.ca. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
- "Coyotes Sign Goligoski to Five-Year Contract". Arizona Coyotes. coyotes.nhl.com. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016.