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Alex Galchenyuk
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Born February 12, 1994 (1994-02-12) (age 25)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Center, Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2012
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2010–present

Alex Galchenyuk (born Alexander Alexandrovich Galchenyuk on February 12, 1994) is a Belarusian American ice hockey player who was drafted third overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The Sarnia Sting drafted Alex first overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection.

Playing CareerEdit

Minor & Junior Hockey CareerEdit

Alex played his final year of minor hockey with the U16 Chicago Young Americans and quickly became a star player tallying 44 goals and 43 assists, leading coach Bruno Bragagnolio to refer to winning a lottery ticket as "the odds of having another kid like Alex play for you."

Alex's performance led to him being drafted No. 1 in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting.

Alex was selected 25th overall in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft by HC Atlant Moscow Oblast which caused his father to express his displeasure in him not being drafted in the first round by the Belarusian team, HC Dinamo-Minsk.

In his first season with the Sting, Alex tallied 31 goals and 52 assists for a total of 83 points, which led to him being selected to the OHL 1st All-Rookie team alongside teammate Nail Yakupov.

The following year, Alex missed all but two regular-season games and six playoff games with a knee injury. He was selected third in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

On July 23, 2012, Alex signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens.

During the NHL lockout he played for Sarnia in the OHL where he served as captain of the team during his final season playing for the Sting.

NHL CareerEdit

On January 12, 2013, Alex made the Canadiens roster for the season opener, a 2–1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On January 22, 2013, Alex scored his first NHL goal against Scott Clemmensen of the Florida Panthers, tipping in a shot from Brandon Prust while Brendan Gallagher got his first NHL point, with an assist.

He finished the season playing in all 48 games with 9 goals, 18 assists for 27 points and a +14 rating, playing primarily in the third line.

Alex finished in the top ten in all three offensive categories among rookies, and was sixth overall in rookie points scoring.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Chicago Young Americans MWEHL 38 44 43 87 56
2010–11 Sarnia Sting OHL 68 31 52 83 52
2011–12 Sarnia Sting OHL 2 0 0 0 0 6 2 2 4 4
2012–13 Sarnia Sting OHL 33 27 34 61 22
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 9 18 27 20 5 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 48 9 18 27 20 5 1 2 3 0

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WJC 7 2 6 8 4
2013 United States WC 4 2 0 2 0
Senior International totals 4 2 0 2 0

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • MWEHL's Top Scorer with 87 points during the 2009–2010 season
  • Awarded the 2010 Jack Ferguson Award which the OHL presents annually to the player picked first overall in the OHL Priority Selection
  • 1st All-Rookie Team (OHL) for the 2010–11 OHL season

Personal LifeEdit

Alex was born to a Belarusian mother and former Soviet & Belarusian hockey player Alexander Galchenyuk. At the time of Alex's birth, his father was a member of the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals at the time of his birth.

The family moved to Europe when Alex was four years old, following his father's hockey career in Germany, Italy, and Russia. They settled in Russia where he began his hockey career.

The family moved back to North America when Alex was 15 years old: first to Chicago and then to Sarnia where his dad coaches. Alex speaks 3 languages: Russian, Italian and English.

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