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Alexander Alexandrovich “Alex” Galchenyuk is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted third overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft following two years with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Of Belarusian descent, Galchenyuk has actually represented the United States on the global stage, consisting of at the IIHF World U20 Championship and the Ice Hockey World Championships, winning gold and bronze medals, respectively.
Galchenyuk made the Canadiens roster for the 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 Montreal 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, a help. Galchenyuk finished the season playing in all 48 games with nine goals, 18 assists for 27 points and a plus-minus rating of +14, playing mainly on the left wing of the third line. He finished in the leading ten in all three offensive categories among rookies, and was 6th overall in rookie points scoring, assisting propel a resurgent Canadiens team to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
He scored his first career hat-trick on December 16, 2014, playing against the Carolina Hurricanes.
On July 30, 2015 the Canadiens and Galchenyuk agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension, worth $5.6 million.
On July 5, 2017 the Canadiens re-signed Galchenyuk to a 3-year contract worth $14.7 million (or $4.9 M annually).