Pietrangelo in 2014
January 18, 1990 |
King City, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team||St. Louis Blues|
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 2008
St. Louis Blues
Alexander Pietrangelo (born January 18, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for and serving as captain of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a junior, he played with the Niagara IceDogs and 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.
Pietrangelo played minor hockey in the Greater 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 Greater Toronto Hockey League (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, John Tavares, Philip McRae and Michael Del Zotto. Toronto, however, was defeated in the tournament final by the Vancouver Pacific Vipers, on a goal by Jordan Eberle. Pietrangelo was also a member of the All-Ontario Peewee AAA Champion Vaughan Kings team in 2003. He played three years in the Toronto Jr. Canadiens AAA system. The Jr. Canadiens won Ontario's bantam championship in 2005, with Pietrangelo scoring the game-winning goal in the final against the Markham Waxers.
After his successful minor hockey career, Pietrangelo was drafted third overall by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Mississauga IceDogs in the first round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection. 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 Niagara as the franchise relocated in 2007.
In September 2007, he was named Canadian Hockey League 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. International Scouting Services described Pietrangelo as a "tremendous specimen in terms of size and skills" and ranked him fifth among North American draft prospects at mid-season, then sixth in their final rankings leading up to the Draft. After finishing his second OHL season with 53 points in 60 games, he was selected fourth overall by the St. Louis Blues at the Entry Draft on June 20, 2008.
Coming into training camp, the Blues signed him to an entry-level contract on September 4, 2008. Pietrangelo earned his way onto the team for opening night and played his first NHL game against the Nashville Predators on October 10, 2008. 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. Pietrangelo returned shortly, and after playing eight games total for the Blues, he was sent back to his junior team, the Niagara IceDogs. 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.
Pietrangelo began the 2009-10 season on the Blues' roster for a second consecutive year, but played in only nine games by December 2009. After the Blues lent 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.
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) and 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.
On September 13, 2013, Pietrangelo agreed to a seven-year, $45 million contract with the Blues.
On August 24, 2016, Pietrangelo was named captain of the St. Louis Blues.
In his second year as captain, Pietrangelo was injured in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 9 and was placed on injured reserve until December 19. Despite his set back from injury, Pietrangelo was selected for his first NHL All-Star Game where he won the All-Star passing challenge. Pietrangelo also set a new career high in points and goals at the conclusion of the regular season.
|Canada Cup / World Cup|
|World Junior Championships|
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, Pietrangelo 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.
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. Canada advanced to the quarterfinal as the top-ranked team in their pool, but lost 2-1 to Russia. At the end of the tournament, Pietrangelo was chosen as the Best Defenceman by the directorate.
Pietrangelo was part of Canada's gold-medal winning 2014 Winter Olympic team. He played in all six of Canada's games, contributing one assist.
Pietrangelo was born to parents Joe and Edy, and raised along with his older brother David in King City. Pietrangelo married St. Louis native Jayne in July 2016. As a child, Pietrangelo's friend died of cancer, and as an adult, his niece was diagnosed, but survived, Wilms' tumor. This led him to partner with Friends of Kids with Cancer to raise funds and awareness for youth living with cancer.
|2005-06||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||GTHL||44||13||31||44||33||--||--||--||--||--|
|2008-09||St. Louis Blues||NHL||8||0||1||1||2||--||--||--||--||--|
|2009-10||St. Louis Blues||NHL||9||1||1||2||6||--||--||--||--||--|
|2010-11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||11||32||43||19||--||--||--||--||--|
|2011-12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||81||12||39||51||36||8||0||5||5||0|
|2012-13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||47||5||19||24||10||6||1||1||2||2|
|2013-14||St. Louis Blues||NHL||81||8||43||51||32||6||1||2||3||0|
|2014-15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||81||7||39||46||28||6||0||2||2||0|
|2015-16||St. Louis Blues||NHL||73||7||30||37||20||20||2||8||10||16|
|2016-17||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||14||34||48||24||11||0||4||4||8|
|2017-18||St. Louis Blues||NHL||78||15||39||54||22||--||--||--||--||--|
The summer of 2016 has been a whirlwind season for Pietrangelo, who married his fiancée Jayne in July before building a house in his hometown of King City.