|BIRTHPLACE:||St. Paul, MN, USA|
|DRAFTED:||SJS: 2005-112 overall|
|2011-12: Played games in Worcester and Peoria of the American Hockey League this season…Earned a 31-save shutout with Peoria vs. San Antonio on April 1...Received the win in his first appearance with Peoria, a perfect 12-save relief performance, on March 7 vs. Oklahoma City...Stopped 15 shots in his first AHL appearance on Feb. 19 with Worcester at Springfield...Made his first appearance in a game after sustaining a major leg injury on Feb. 3, 2011 for Stockton of the ECHL on Jan. 21 and won against Las Vegas…Posted a 5-1-0-0 record for Stockton.
CAREER 2010-11: Made his NHL debut with the Sharks trailing 3-0 vs. Phoenix on Feb. 1 and made nine saves en route to a 5-3 win…Reassigned to Worcester on Feb. 4 and was injured late in the game causing him to miss the remainder of the season (lower body)…AHL: Led Worcester with 19 wins…Went 3-4 in the shootout (24 saves-out-of-37)…Missed the final 29 games of season…Made 10 straight starts (6-3-1) from Nov. 21-Dec. 10.
2009-10: Led AHL in wins and set a rookie record, surpassing Corey Hirsch (35)...Selected to AHL All-Rookie Team and to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game…Named Worcester MVP and Star of the Year…Named to The Hockey News East All-Rookie Team...Second in the AHL in minutes played and fourth in saves (1,522)...Playoffs: Posted a 6-5 record.
2008-09: Established team records for goals-against average (11th in nation), save percentage (.924 — 13th) and shutouts…Led the WCHA in intra-conference goals-against average (2.39)…Led the nation in minutes played…Selected to the All-WCHA First Team…Named to the ACHA/Reebok All-America West Team…Led the Bulldogs to their first WCHA playoff championship in 24 years and helped the team to the NCAA West Regional Finals…Finished his collegiate career with the school records for goals-against average (2.48), save percentage (.910) and shutouts (nine).
2007-08: Appeared in 36 of team’s 39 games...Finished 23rd in the nation in goals-against average and ninth in minutes played.
2006-07: Led team in games played...Led all WCHA freshmen goaltenders in all major categories...Named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team...Led NCAA goaltenders with four assists.
2005-06: Named the USHL’s Player of the Week on Sept. 27…Finished the regular season leading the USHL in wins and save percentage (.931)...T-3rd in shutouts and sixth in goals-against average…Attended development camp for the U.S. World Jr. Team…Selected as one of the goaltenders to represent the U.S. in the Viking Cup...Earned an assist, leading Team USA to a third place finish…Named USHL Goaltender of the Month for November…Named the USHL’s Top Goaltender of the Year and to the RbK All-USHL First Team…Playoffs: Led all goaltenders in shots faced (281), fourth in save percentage (.918) and seventh in goals-against average.
2004-05: Made USHL debut with Cedar Rapids...Playoffs: Named USHL’s Clark Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player...Other: Acquired from Sioux Falls in July 2004 in exchange for a second round pick in the 2005 USHL Draft...Originally selected by Sioux Falls in the second round of the May 2004 USHL Draft (13th overall)...Backstopped South St. Paul High to semifinal of 2004 Minnesota Class A State Tournament and was named to All-Tournament Team for his efforts...Posted 2.00 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in six games at USA Hockey Select 17 Festival in July 2004.
PERSONAL: “Al” lists these favorites: Bruce Springsteen (musician); “Tommy Boy” (movie); “The Franchise” (television show); Will Ferrell (actor); Minnesota North Stars (NHL team while growing up); Los Angeles (NHL road city); University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs hockey and football (which is where Alex played hockey in college) (professional/collegiate team); golf (sport other than hockey); Original Joe’s(San Jose restaurants); Northern Minnesota (vacation spot); barstoolsports.com (website); steak (food); NHL (video game); Christmas (holiday); Golf Digest (magazine); Cribbage (board games)…likes to golf and go fishing in his spare time…first job: cutting grass at an airport in Minnesota…most memorable NHL moment: first game…hockey idol is Martin Brodeur…favorite professional athlete is golfer Rory McIlroy…hates when people eat loudly…would’ve wanted to meet Chris Farley…most famous person in his cell phone directory: teammate Logan Couture…golf handicap 8…started skating at four and playing hockey at five… wears Bauer skates, size 8.5…oldest piece of equipment is his two year old helmet...was an All-American at UMD.