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Alexander Sulzer
Alexander Sulzer
Defenseman
Number: 52
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 198
Shoots: Left
Born: May 30, 1984
Birthplace: Kaufbeuren, Germany
Drafted: NSH / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (92nd overall)
2009-10: Split the season between Nashville and Milwaukee (AHL), being recalled on seven occasions (Oct. 20, Nov. 26, Dec. 7, Dec. 30, Feb. 3, March 1 and March 8)… Made his NHL season debut on Oct. 21 at Boston, and registered his first career point/assist the following night at Ottawa… Registered a plus or even rating in 16-of-20 games, finishing a +4 for the campaign… Led AHL defensemen in points per game (minimum 20 games, .83)… Ranked second among Admiral blueliners in goals (7), and third in points (7g-23a-30pts) and plus/minus rating (+13), despite playing in only 36 games… Appeared in all seven of Milwaukee’s Calder Cup Playoff games, ranking third in assists (5), and second among d-men in points (6)… Played for Germany in his second consecutive Olympics at the 2010 Vancouver Games, dressing for all four of the nation’s contests… Posted two assists in nine games for Germany at the 2010 World Championships, helping his nation to its best finish at the tourney in 72 years… Ranked third among Germans in average ice time (18:06).

2008-09: Became the first German-born player in franchise history to suit up for the club on Jan. 15 at Montreal… Recalled to Nashville on two occasions (Jan. 14 and Jan. 26)… Ranked fourth among American Hockey League defensemen in points per game (.71)… Missed 17 games at the NHL level, and Milwaukee’s final 15 games and all 11 Calder Cup playoff games due to injury. Was third among AHL blueliners in points (34), and tied for third in goals (8) at the time of his injury… Also ranked third on the Admirals in both points and assists (26), and second on the club in power-play points (15) when he went down.

2007-08: Tied for first among Milwaukee defensemen in assists (25) and ranked third on the Admirals in d-men points (32) and goals (7) in his first season in North America… Missed 19 regular-season games, and all six of Milwaukee’s 2008 Calder Cup playoff games due to injury.

AMATEUR: Played four seasons with Dusseldorf (Germany) (2003-07)… Played six games with Germany at the 2007 World Championships in Russia… Ranked third in defensemen scoring (3g-15a-18pts) with Dusseldorf and led club blueliners in playoff goals (3) in 2005-06… Played for Germany at the 2006 Olympic Games… Skated in three games for Team Germany at the 2005 World Championships… Was named the outstanding defenseman at the D1-Group A World Championships in 2004, leading all defensemen and tying for sixth overall in scoring (2g-7a-9pts)… Opened the 2002-03 season with Kaufbeuren (Germany-2) before joining Hamburg in the first division in the winter… Played for Germany at the 2003 World Junior Championships… The first German player drafted by Nashville.

BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Sulzy”… Lists Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff as his best friend in the NHL… Would like to be a player agent when his hockey career is finished… His most memorable hockey moments were his first NHL game and playing in the Olympics… Favorites include: Südtirol, Italy (vacation spot), Ray Bourque (player growing up) and Denver (favorite NHL city to visit)… The historical figure he would have most liked to have met is Alexander the Great… Wife – Julia.

TRANSACTIONS:
June 22, 2003 – Nashville's seventh choice, 92nd overall (third round), in the 2003 Entry Draft.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36