NHL PLAYER, Alex Pietrangelo
Born Jan 18, 1990 -- King City, Ontario, Canada
Selected by St. Louis Blues round 1 #4 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Alexander Pietrangelo (born January 18, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a junior, he played with the Niagara IceDogs and shortly for 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. His father is the cousin of former NHL goaltender Frank Pietrangelo.
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. Due to his previous eight- and nine-game seasons in the NHL, he did not qualify as a rookie. 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. At the end of the 2011-12 season, Pietrangelo was named to the NHL second all-star team.
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. He played next for the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2009 World Junior Championships and won a gold medal.
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. 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. 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 selected by the coaching staff as one of Canada's top three players.
Pietrangelo’s huge game carries Blues to victory March 19, 2018
Alex Pietrangelo put up a monster performance last night, leading the St. Louis Blues to an overtime win versus the Chicago Blackhawks. The perennial Norris Trophy contender had one of his best games of the season, tallying 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), 4 block, and game highs in shots on net (8) and ice time (28:33). From an offensive standpoint, the 28-year-old rearguard is in the midst of his best season to date. He has already set a new career-high in goals (15), and with 10 regular season games remaining on the schedule, is on pace to shatter his career-best point total of 51.
The Blues' captain was also recognized for his excellent play of late, taking home 1st Star of the Week honours (week ending March 18) on Monday. Pietrangelo led all players in points with an impressive 3 goals and 6 assists in 4 games played.
For more on Pietrangelo, check out the nhl.com story here.
Pietrangelo and Schenn lead Blues’ to season opening win October 05, 2017
Alex Pietrangelo scored twice and Brayden Schenn added a goal and an assist, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the defending champs Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 5-4 on opening night. Pietrangelo would eventually be named the 1st star of the contest after tallying two goals -- including the game-winner in overtime – along with 25:43 of ice-time and 8 shots on net (both team highs). Schenn, meanwhile, did not disappoint in his first game with the Blues, tallying a goal and the primary assist on Pietrangelo’s overtime winner.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Pietrangelo guides Blues to 4th straight win March 24, 2017
Alex Pietrangelo tallied a goal and an assist last night, as the St. Louis Blues claimed their 4th straight victory, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2. The King City, Ontario-native has been instrumental to the Blues’ playoff push, providing a calming influence at the defensive end while chipping in offensively. During the team’s 9-1 run over the past 10 games, the first-year captain has 2 goals, 7 assists, and an impressive plus/minus rating of +10.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com article here.
Blues to lean on young guns Pietrangelo, Schwartz, Fabbri August 30, 2016
After a July overhaul saw many veteran players leave the team via free agency, the youth movement in St. Louis appears to be in full swing. Led by newly minted captain Alex Pietrangelo on the blueline, the Blues will rely on the recently re-signed Jaden Schwartz and rookie sensation Robby Fabbri up front. Both Schwartz and Fabbri were breakout performers in the 2016 NHL Playoffs, tallying 14 and 15 points, respectively.
For more on the Blues season preview, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Blues name Pietrangelo new captain August 26, 2016
All-star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was named the St. Louis Blues’ 21st captain in team history yesterday. The 26-year-old will replace long-standing captain David Backes, who signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins in July. Pietrangelo, who has been an alternate captain with the Blues since 2011-12, will be entering his 7th full season with the club. Before then, the King City-native will be suiting up for Team Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Canada, which begins on September 17.
For more on Pietrangelo, keep reading the stltoday.com post here.
Pietrangelo not shying away from potential captaincy August 02, 2016
With the recent departure of long-tenured captain David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo is more than ready to take the reins as the St. Louis Blues’ designated leader. An assistant captain since 2012, the 26-year-old native of King City, Ontario has been a rock on the Blues’ defense, averaging more than 25 minutes a game over the last four seasons. In 2015-16, Pietrangelo ranked 6th in TOI/GP with 26:18, and 7th in shifts/GP (30.9).
For more on Pietrangelo, check out the nhl.com article here.
Pietrangelo and Fabbri key to Blues’ 2016 Playoffs success April 29, 2016
After knocking off the defending Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games, the St. Louis Blues’ head coach singled out the contributions of Alex Pietrangelo and Robby Fabbri as key reasons why the team has succeeded thus far.
A leader on the ice and in the dressing room, Pietrangelo has been a stalwart on defence, leading his team in ice time per game (30:33) and assists (5). Fabbri has been equally impressive despite his age, racking up 5 points and a plus/minus rating of +3.
For more on the Blues', check out the pjstar.com story here.
Pietrangelo and Fabbri clutch in Blues’ loss April 22, 2016
Alex Pietrangelo had 3 assists and Robby Fabbri tallied a goal and an assist, in the St. Louis Blues narrow loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last night. Down 3-1 going into the 3rd period, both Pietrangelo and Fabbri were integral in the Blues’ comeback, figuring in on both of their team’s goals that eventually sent the game into overtime.
After an impressive rookie season that saw him tally 39 points, the 20-year-old Fabbri has carried his good form into the 2016 NHL Playoffs, where he has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) through 5 games. Pietrangelo has been equally impressive, tallying the second-most points among D-men with 5.
For more on last night’s contest, check out the nhl.com story here.
Brouwer scores big goal in Blues’ triumph February 03, 2016
Troy Brouwer scored the winning goal last night, as the St. Louis Blues edged the Nashville Predators in a nail-biter, 1-0. With the game tied 0-0 late in the 3rd period, the rugged winger notched his 10th goal of the year, deflecting a Alex Pietrangelo shot past the Predators’ goaltender. The Vancouver-native went on to be named the first star of the contest.
For more on last night’s game, check out the espn.com recap here.
Pietrangelo guides shorthanded Blues to win January 21, 2016
Forced to play the entire contest with just five defensemen, Alex Pietrangelo stepped up his game in a big way, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night. The 26-year-old defensive stalwart was named the first star of the game after assisting on both Blues’ goals and leading all players in both shots on net (5) and ice-time logged (28:28).
For more on Pietrangelo and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester should make for a stellar pairing September 24, 2013
The St. Louis Blues will have a new look on the blueline this year, with new addition Jay Bouwmeester playing alongside top D-man Alex Pietrangelo. All indications are that the partnership will be a great boon for the organization, a pairing that will rival any top duo in the league. Both Blues’ players are excited by the prospect of playing together, not only in St. Louis, but potentially for Team Canada in Sochi, Russia, as well.
For more on Pietrangelo and his new defensive partnership, keep reading the nhl.com article here.
Subban, Stamkos among top names invited to Canada’s Olympic camp July 23, 2013
With the Sochi 2014 Olympics right around the corner, Hockey Canada announced their preliminary list of 47 players for the nation’s upcoming orientation camp in late August. Headlining that list is the newly crowned Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, along with 2-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard award winner Steven Stamkos. Other notable invitees include: Drew Doughty, Jordan Eberle, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Brad Marchand, James Neal, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, and Mike Richards.
For more on this story, keep reading the NHL.com piece here.
For more on Subban's reaction to being invited to the Olympic camp, check out the montrealgazette.com article here.
Kings begin title defense April 30, 2013
The playoffs begin tonight, with three games on the slate. This includes game 1 for the defending champions L.A. Kings, who will take on the St. Louis Blues. It will be a rematch of last year’s Western Conference second round tilt, where the Kings dominated en route to a 4-0 sweep.
D-man Matt Greene weighed in on the Kings season:
"I think the guys have been playing hard all year. It's been a playoff atmosphere for the whole season with the games played every other day pretty much, through all 48," said the gritty defenseman, who missed the regular-season finale because of an undisclosed injury, but practiced Monday. He said he was not sure whether he will play Tuesday, and Coach Darryl Sutter would not confirm Greene's status.
"Everybody's done a good job of playing to it," Greene added, "and I think everybody's ready for this year."
Find out more about the Kings in this Los Angeles Times story here.
The Blues, led by captain David Backes and Norris trophy candidate Alex Pietrangelo will, on the other hand, look to overcome last year’s debacle.
Here is what the coach had to say about the upcoming series:
“We’re playing better than we have all year,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re deeper than we’ve ever been. Whether we’re good enough, this series is going to tell, but we think we’re better than we’ve ever been. We’re going to need to be.”
“Los Angeles is the team, the only team in the league with the experience of knowing what it takes to win. So until someone knocks them off, they’re the only team with the knowledge of what it takes to win a Cup. We can all talk about it, but they’ve done it.”
Despite the tall order, St. Louis comes in to this series playing extremely well, and look to be a confident bunch.
For more on the Blues, continue reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article here.
Backes lifts Blues to win over Blue Jackets April 06, 2013 – St. Louis, Missouri - Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Now that David Backes has made it through the worst drought of his career, the St. Louis Blues captain has found his scoring touch again. Backes, who went 15 games without a goal, scored for the second straight game to help the Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night.
This one didn't earn Backes any style points, as he swatted home what proved to be the winning goal while lying on his back in the slot.
But he will take it.
"I just find the puck on my back and I said, 'Hey, I might as well whack this toward the net somewhere."' Backes said. "I've had enough blind luck where I'm hitting posts or crossbars or missing the net.
For more on this story, click here.Source: Associated Press