University of Minnesota junior defenseman Alex Goligoski, a Penguins 2004 second-round draft pick, was named to the 2006-07 College Hockey News Preseason All-America Second Team.
Goligoski is coming off a highly successful sophomore campaign for the Golden Gophers. He ranked fifth in the country in points per game for all NCAA defensemen (0.95). He was an all-WCHA Second Team selection, an all-USCHO.com Honorable Mention and an Inside College Hockey Third Team All-American.
College Hockey News on Alex Goligoski:
"Dave Starman (lead color analyst for College Sports Television's Game of the Week package) says: High-risk, high-reward. Unbelievably skilled offensively.
We say: To win, he'll need to pay more attention defensively, but there's no question what he can do offensively."
2006-07 CHN Preseason All-America Team
F - Brian Boyle, Sr., Boston College
F - Scott Parse, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha
F - T.J. Oshie, So., North Dakota
D - Matt Hunwick, Sr., Michigan
D - Kyle Klubertanz, Jr., Wisconsin
G - Brian Elliott, Sr., Wisconsin
F - Michel Leveille, Sr., Maine
F - T.J. Hensick, Sr., Michigan
F - Ryan Dingle, Jr., Denver
D - Alex Goligoski, Jr., Minnesota
D - Brett Motherwill, So., Boston College
G - Cory Schneider, Jr., Boston College