Look at Me, I am the Captain Now!


Drew Wielgus, Staff Writer

Last week, Blues President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced that Alex Pietrangelo will be the 21st captain in the 50-year history of the St. Louis Blues.

“Alex Pietrangelo will do as good of a job, if not better than David Backes did to help set the tone and lead the Blues to a Stanley Cup,””

— Mr. Harrison

said Mr. Harrison.

Pietrangelo is replacing long-time captain David Backes who signed a long-term deal in the off-season with the Boston Bruins. Alex Pietrangelo is a 26-year-old Canadian who has played hockey just about all his life. When he was younger, Alex never wanted to play hockey. He would cry to get off the ice, but his parents kept putting him out there. I know it sounds weird, a Canadian who doesn’t want to play hockey? But after a little while, he discovered that he actually liked being on the ice. As a matter of fact, he never wanted to get off the ice. A hockey all-star was born. After that moment, all he wanted to play was hockey, hockey, and more hockey. This drive for the sport has led Alex to where he is today.

In 2008, Alex Pietrangelo was a 4th overall draft pick when he was drafted by the Blues. 8 years later, he was named captain of the team that he has played for his entire NHL career. Alex Pietrangelo plays for the St. Louis Blues and the Canadian Men’s National Team. He is #27 and a defensemen on both teams. His salary for the St. Louis Blues is 5 million U.S. Dollars per year.