GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Alex Galchenyuk is of Russian decent and spent his childhood living all over North America and Europe while his father, Alexander, played professional hockey.
But when it came time to choose a side for his international career, Galchenyuk didn't need much time to make up his mind.
"I was born in the United States," he said. "I play hockey here. I want to play for the United States."
Galchenyuk, born in Milwaukee during his father's two-season stint with the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League, has made the staff of USA Hockey very happy with that decision.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward -- taken by the Montreal Canadiens with the third pick of the 2012 NHL Draft -- has had a tremendous start to the season. Now in his third season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, Galchenyuk is tied for the OHL lead with 27 goals, and he's second with 61 points.