2003-04: Alex Goligoski was chosen in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goligoski played for Grand Rapids (MN) High School during the 2003-04 season.
2004-05: The smooth skating defenseman played in 33 games for the University of Minnesota Gophers, missing seven games with a shoulder injury and four games playing for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Goligoski was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team as well as being named the Frank Pond Rookie of the Year. He finished seventh on the team in scoring, second among freshmen and second among defensemen.
2005-06: One of only eight players to appear in all 41 games, Goligoski followed up his sophomore season to finish third on his team in scoring with 39 points and second on the team with a +21 rating. Additionally, he was ranked third in the WCHA and fifth in the nation in defenseman scoring. The young defenseman picked up numerous personal accolades too being awarded Third Team All-America honors by Inside College Hockey and a spot on the All-WCHA Second Team.
2006-07: Goligoski finished his junior season with nothing left to prove having ranked first in the WCHA and second in the nation in defenseman scoring; and first in the WCHA and fifth in the nation in points per game among defensemen. He proved to be sound in his own end too finishing first on the team with a plus-24 rating. He was also named an alternate team captain in addition to various accolades which included being named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, making the AHCA All-American first team and the All-WCHA first team. The offensively talented blueliner also became the 36th player in Golden Gopher hockey history to be named a First Team All-American.
2007-08: Hindered early on in the season by surgery to repair his shoulder, the high-octane defenseman finished the season first among defenseman on the Penguins AHL affiliate and was a key contributor to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins run to the Calder Cup Finals, leading the entire team and setting a record for defenseman during the AHL playoffs with 28 points in 23 games. The accolades continued for the Minnesota native in his first professional season as he was named to the AHL All-Rookie team in April. The season also allowed Goligoski his first taste of the big stage as he appeared three games, put up two assists, and averaged almost 14 minutes a game. The talented defenseman also was called up during the Stanley Cup Finals although did not see any action.
A smooth skating and offensively minded defenseman, the Minnesota native does his best work off the rush, playing the point, and quarterbacking the powerplay. The gifted defensman has garnered comparisons ranging from Keith Ballard to Brian Leetch. Although, before he live up to those comparisons he needs to better protect his end of the rink, as he needs to work on his defensive zone coverage and his play along the boards.
Goligoski was acquired in 2011 by the Dallas Stars in the deal that sent James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins.