Goligoski was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (61st overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He began playing hockey for Grand Rapids High School and went on to play at the collegiate level for the University of Minnesota for three years prior to starting his professional career with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre Scranton. He played his first NHL game against the Boston Bruins after being recalled by the Penguins in Feburary 2008 and was part of the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team.
Goligoski signed his first extension with the Penguins in June 2009 extending his contract for three years at $5.5 million, but went on to be traded to the Dallas Stars less than two years later in exchange for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. He most recently signed an extension with the Stars for four years at $18.4 million on January 23, 2012.
- the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Sidney Crosby in the first round of the NHL Amateur Draft (first overall); Crosby was the third Penguins player to be drafted first (Mario Lemieux and Marc-Andre Fleury were the other two)
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