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Alex Tanguay – Canadian Ice Hockey Player

Alex Tanguay was born on November 21, 1979, in the town of Sainte-Justine, Quebec. Alex Tanguay’s father worked with the family-owned transportation company, while his mother worked at a nearby school division. His younger brother, Maxime, is also a professional hockey player.

Alex Tanguay’s wife name is Helene and they have three children.

Career

As a young player, Alex Tanguay played in the Pee-Wee Hockey Tournamentswhich held in 1992 and 1993 with a minor ice hockey team from Beauce, Quebec. For the season 1996-97, Alex Tanguay joined the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In which he played 70 games and scored 27 goals and 68 points.

In Tanguay’s third season, he got five points in one game, making a recond, on October 9, 1998, he got an 11–3 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Tanguay agreed to a contract with the Avalanche during the season and was assigned to Colorado’s American Hockey League. He scored one goal and two assists in five regular-season games and added two assists in five playoff games.

Tanguay made his NHL debut on October 5, 1999, against the Nashville Predators and scored his first point that night and a 3–2 win. He scored at least one point in his first five NHL games. He finished the season second in the league amongst rookies with 51 points and 19 behind rookie-leader Scott Gomez.

Tanguay enjoyed a career season in 2006–07, his first in Calgary, scoring a career-high 81 points in 81 games. He was second on the team in scoring and led the Flames with 57 assists. Tanguay’s request was revealed in the off-season. He suffered offensively, falling to 58 points.

Two years after being acquired by Calgary in a draft-day trade, Alex Tanguay left the Flames in another such deal. Tanguay accepted the trade to Montreal despite previously saying he would never want to play for the Canadiens and expressing worries about being a French-Canadian player in the Montreal spotlight.

The Canadiens chose not to re-sign Tanguay following the season. He instead agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2009–10 season after passing a physical exam on his shoulder. 

Alex Tanguay opted to return to Calgary, signing a one-year, $1.7 million contract for the 2010–11 season. He finished second to Jarome Iginla in team scoring with 69 points and led the Flames with 47 assists. Following the season, the Flames signed him to a five-year contract extension worth $17.5 million.

An upper-body injury forced Tanguay out of the Flames’ line-up for 15 games in 2011–12. The team never identified the injury, which was speculated to be a concussion. He still finished third in team scoring, with 49 points in 64 games.

Alex Tanguay in the 2012–13 NHL season, scored 27 points in 40 games. On February 2, 2013, in a 3–2 shoot-out defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks, Tanguay registered his 500th career assist on a Dennis Wideman goal.

Tanguay posted 3 assists in a 6–1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. He was instrumental in Colorado’s league-best start to the season until he suffered a knee injury after 13 games in a contest against the Montreal Canadiens on November 2, 2013. Tanguay missed the next 36 games before returning to play on January 24, 2014, against the Florida Panthers. 

As an unrestricted free agent over the following summer, Tanguay proceeded to go un-signed into the 2016–17 season. On February 16, 2017, he officially noted his retirement from professional hockey in accepting a Studio analyst role for the NHL Network.

Reference: Alex Tanguay – Wikipedia

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