Alex Tanguay – 6’00, 180 Lbs, Shoots – Right
Born – November 21, 1979 in Ste-Justine, Quebec
Acquired – Drafted in 2nd round 20th overall in the 1996 QMJHL Midget Draft.
1996-97 Team – Halifax Mooseheads, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Honors – Named to 1996-97 CHL All-Rookie Team at Left Wing
NHL Status – 1998 Prospect
Year GP G A PTS PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG GTG
1996-97 70 27 41 68 50 +21 5 0 3 0
Playoffs 12 4 8 12 8 0 1 0 0 0
1997-98 29 26 18 44 12 -1 6 1 2 1
After spending only one season in the Quebec Midget AAA League, Alex
Tanguay began the 1996-97 Season with only one goal, to make the Halifax
Mooseheads’ lineup. Well, Tanguay earned a spot in Halifax and sure enough
the next step the NHL may be at hand.
Playing in an average of 5,000 fans a game and sellout crowds of 9,615.
Tanguay’s personality and skill made in a instant fan favorite in Halifax
in 97-98. Leading the team in points with 44 this year. Alex has 4 games
due to a wrist injury early in the season and now has been named to
Canada’s World Junior Team. where he should fair well playing along with
top prospects Vincent Lecavalier and Manny Maholtra.
Tanguay will go into to the 1998 NHL draft looking to become the highest
Halifax Moosehead to be drafted by a NHL team. This Spot is currently held
by Calgary Flames goalie prospect Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Currently of the
Saint John Flames of the AHL. Who was drafted 13th overall by the Hartford
Whalers in 1995. Alex who is currently rank around 16 along North American
skaters should inprove his ranking at this years World Junior Championships.
“Not only is he a good player, but he makes the people around him better,
too” says Quebec Remparts coach Guy Chouinard, who played 10 seasons in the
NHL “He’s very smart, a good puck-handler. One-on-one, he can do many
things with the puck, so he can beat you different ways”
Halifax Coach Danny Grant, Who was named NHL Rookie of the year in the
1968-69 season says “A lot of people have the ability, but he has the
attitude, the desire to make it. Things that other people find tough, for
example coming to the rink and practising every day or bus trips, Alex
loves. That attitude will take him a long way, plus he’s a gifted athlete.”
Alex is destined for the NHL and come draft day it’ll be interesting to
see which NHL team will walk away with his rights. Whichever team it turns
out to be, when its comes time for Alex to lace up his skates for then they
won’t be disapointed.