Pittsburgh recalls defenseman Goligoski

wbs_200.jpgThe Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Alex Goligoski from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Goligoski, 23, registered 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 45 contests during the regular season with Pittsburgh. He began the season with the Penguins appearing in 44 games and recording a plus-five rating. He notched his first NHL goal Oct. 5 versus Ottawa. Before being re-assigned, Goligoski led all rookie defensemen with six goals, 14 assists and 20 points, while tying for fifth among all rookies with eight power-play points (four goals, four assists).

Goligoski has notched six points (one goal, five assists) in nine post-season games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He scored 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) and recorded 16 penalty minutes in 26 games during the regular season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The 6-0, 185-pound defenseman made his NHL debut scoring two points (two assists) in three games with Pittsburgh in the 2007-08 season. Goligoski has played 48 career games in the NHL registering 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) along with 18 penalty minutes. He has collected 56 points (12 goals, 44 assists) along with 69 penalty minutes in 96 career games in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He also contributed 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) in 31 career post-season appearances with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota played three seasons of NCAA hockey with the Minnesota Gophers appearing in 117 games and posting 98 points (25 goals, 73 assists) before joining the club in 2007. Goligoski was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (61st overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.