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Alex Galchenyuk
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Galchenyuk with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019
Born (1994-02-12) February 12, 1994 (age 29)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Colorado Eagles
Montreal Canadiens
Arizona Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota Wild
Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2012
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2012–present

Alexander Alexandrovich Galchenyuk (born February 12, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently playing for the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was traded by the Senators to the Carolina Hurricanes, although never played for them, being immediately traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After two years playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sarnia Sting, he was drafted third overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Galchenyuk is of Belarusian descent, but was born in the United States and has represented the United States internationally, and spent most of his youth in Russia.

Playing career

Minor and junior

Galchenyuk 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 Bragagnolo to refer to winning a lottery ticket as "the odds of having another kid like Alex play for you". His performance led to him being drafted number one in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Sarnia Sting.

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

In his first season with the Sting, Galchenyuk recorded 31 goals and 52 assists for 83 total points, which led to him being selected to the OHL 1st All-Rookie team alongside teammate Nail Yakupov. The following year, he 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, Galchenyuk signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens. During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he played for Sarnia in the OHL, where he served as captain of the team during his final season for the Sting and where he dominated by recording 27 goals and 34 assists in 33 games.


Montreal Canadiens

Galchenyuk made the Canadiens roster for the 2012–13 season opener, a 2–1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 19, 2013. He was the youngest player to play a full season with the Canadiens since 1984. He scored his first NHL goal on January 22, 2013, against Scott Clemmensen of the Florida Panthers, tipping-in a shot from Brandon Prust; rookie teammate Brendan Gallagher also recorded his first NHL point, an assist. Galchenyuk finished the season playing in all 48 games with 9 goals, 18 assists for 27 points and a plus-minus rating of +14, playing primarily on the left wing of the third line. He finished in the top ten in all three offensive categories among rookies, and was sixth overall in rookie points scoring, helping propel a resurgent Canadiens team to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

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Galchenyuk with the Montreal Canadiens in 2015

During the 2013–14 season, Galchenyuk missed six weeks due to a broken hand. He'd finish the season with 13 goals and 31 points in 65 games.

Galchenyuk scored his first career hat-trick on December 16, 2014, against the Carolina Hurricanes. The 2014–15 season also marked Galchenyuk's first 20-goal campaign, as he tallied that amount in 80 games.

On July 30, 2015, Galchenyuk (as a restricted free agent) signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension with the Canadiens. The following season, Galchenyuk tied captain Max Pacioretty with 30 goals to lead the team. Galchenyuk finished second in team scoring (behind Pacioretty) with 56 points.

On July 5, 2017, Galchenyuk signed a three-year, $14.7 million contract extension with the Canadiens. In the following 2017–18 campaign, Galchenyuk produced 51 points in his sixth season with the Canadiens.

Arizona Coyotes

On June 15, 2018, Galchenyuk was traded by the Canadiens to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Max Domi.

In his first season as a member of the Coyotes, Galchenyuk played in 72 games, with 19 goals and 22 assists.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Galchenyuk (left foreground) with the Pittsburgh Penguins during a game in February 2020

On June 29, 2019, Galchenyuk was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Pierre-Olivier Joseph in exchange for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks, and a fourth-round pick in 2021. He suffered a lower-body injury early in the 2019–20 season and was placed on injured reserve on October 9, 2019. Galchenyuk returned to make 45 appearances with the Penguins, struggling to match his previous career offensive output in recording 5 goals and 17 points.

Minnesota Wild

On February 10, 2020, Galchenyuk, prospect Calen Addison, and Pittsburgh's first round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jason Zucker.

Ottawa Senators

On October 28, 2020, Galchenyuk signed as a free agent to join his fifth NHL club in the Ottawa Senators on a one-year, $1.05 million contract. Galchenyuk began the pandemic delayed 2020–21 season, on the Senators roster as a healthy scratch. Drawing into the lineup, Galchenyuk scored on his debut with the Senators in a 4–3 overtime defeat to the Winnipeg Jets on January 19, 2021. He was scoreless in his following 7 games, featuring in just 8 of the Senators opening 15 games.

Toronto Maple Leafs

On February 13, 2021, Galchenyuk, along with Cédric Paquette, were traded by the Senators to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ryan Dzingel. On the following day, Galchenyuk was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes and upon clearing was assigned for the first time in his career to the AHL joining affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, on February 15, 2021. That same day, before he could join the Wolves, Galchenyuk was traded by the Hurricanes to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Yegor Korshkov and David Warsofsky.

The Galchenyuk acquisition was initially seen as an insignificant depth move, and after the trade he originally played for the team's AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. After putting up 8 points in 6 games, Galchenyuk was called up to the Maple Leafs, eventually making his debut on March 19 on a line alongside William Nylander and John Tavares. He would spend the rest of the season in the NHL, impressing fans and team staff to the extent that Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas admitted to reporters that Galchenyuk's surprisingly success led the Maple Leafs to adjust their plans for the season's trade deadline. He would finish the season with 12 points in 26 games played with the Maple Leafs, helping the team win their division. In the playoffs, Galchenyuk would record four points in six games, but the Leafs were ultimately defeated in the first round by Galchenyuk's former team, the Montreal Canadiens.

Return to Arizona

On September 21, 2021, Galchenyuk was signed to a professional tryout contract with the Coyotes, making his return to Arizona after being traded by the franchise in the 2019 off-season. On October 5, Galchenyuk was signed to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Coyotes. In the 2021–22 season, Galchenyuk played in a top-nine forward role for the rebuilding Coyotes, registering 6 goals and 15 assists to finish seventh amongst forward scoring with 21 points through 60 regular season games.

Colorado Eagles

As a free agent at the conclusion of his contract with the Coyotes, Galchenyuk remained un-signed over the summer and for the second consecutive year accepted a professional tryout invitation to join the Stanley Cup winning, Colorado Avalanche training camp on September 20, 2022. Galchenyuk remained with the Avalanche through training camp before he was injured in his debut pre-season game, resulting in his release from his tryout on September 29.

In recovering from his injury and remaining within the Avalanche organization, Galchenyuk was signed to a AHL contract to begin his 2022–23 season with affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, on November 10, 2022.

Personal life

Galchenyuk was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to former Soviet and Belarusian hockey player Alexander Galchenyuk and a Belarusian mother. He has an older sister, Anna. Galchenyuk's father was a member of the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Milwaukee Admirals at the time of his birth. The family moved to Europe when Galchenyuk was four, following his father's hockey career in Germany, Italy and Russia. They eventually settled in Russia, where the younger Galchenyuk began his hockey career before moving back to North America when he was 15, first to Chicago, Illinois, and then to Sarnia, Ontario, where Alex Galchenyuk, Sr. coaches.

Galchenyuk serves as the Chairman of Galchenyuk Business Enterprises, GBE, as well as the Galchenyuk Agency.

Galchenyuk is an active philanthropist, receiving a Medal of Honor of the National Assembly by the Quebec Government for his efforts in 2015.

Galchenyuk is fluent in Russian, Italian and English.

In 2016 Galchenyuk's then girlfriend, Chanel Leszczynski, was arrested for assault following a domestic dispute at his apartment. Galchenyuk and teammate Devante Smith-Pelly were questioned by Montreal police despite the fact Galchenyuk declined to press charges.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

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
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 13 18 31 26 5 2 1 3 2
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 20 26 46 39 12 1 3 4 10
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 30 26 56 20
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 17 27 44 24 6 0 3 3 4
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 19 32 51 22
2018–19 Arizona Coyotes NHL 72 19 22 41 34
2019–20 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 5 12 17 10
2019–20 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 3 4 7 6 4 0 0 0 4
2020–21 Ottawa Senators NHL 8 1 0 1 6
2020–21 Toronto Marlies AHL 6 2 6 8 2
2020–21 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 4 8 12 14 6 1 3 4 4
2021–22 Arizona Coyotes NHL 60 6 15 21 32
NHL totals 643 146 208 354 253 38 5 12 17 24
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Ice hockey
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2013 Russia
World Championships
Bronze 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WJC 1 7 2 6 8 4
2013 United States WC 3 4 2 0 2 0
2022 United States WC 4th 10 1 4 5 6
Junior totals 7 2 6 8 4
Senior totals 14 3 4 7 6

Awards and honors

Award Year
Jack Ferguson Award 2010
All-Rookie Team 2011
Montreal Canadiens
Molson Cup 2016
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