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Alexander Mogilny

Full Name: Alexander Gennadievich Mogilny
Last team: New Jersey Devils
Number: 89
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6’0″/183 cm
Weight: 210 lbs/95 kg
Born: February 18, 1969 in Khabarovsk, USSR
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo Sabres in 5th round (89th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft

Strengths: In his prime, Mogilny lived up to his nickname – Alexander the Great. He was a threat to the opposing team by making very exciting offensive moves that reflected his speed, shooting, and passing accuracy.

Weaknesses: Sometimes Mogilny went through cold streaks. Hip and back injuries forced Mogilny to retire early from professional hockey.

Biography: It took Alexander many steps to get to where he is today. Being born in Khabarovsk, a city in the Far East, there was little hope for anyone to become a hockey star. Mogilny became an exception. He was picked to the Moscow Red Army’s senior team at the age of 17. To replace the famous KLM line (Krutov-Larionov-Makarov), coach Viktor Tikhonov put Mogilny with fellow teenagers Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov. The line clicked immediately, helping the Soviet Union win back-to-back gold medals at the World Junior Championship in 1988 and 1989. Mogilny won the tournament MVP Award. He was so skilled that he even brought a smile to Tikhonov’s face – a rare accomplishment. During the 1989 celebrations in Sweden, Mogilny said goodbye only to Fedorov and disappeared from the team. Alexander met with Buffalo Sabres representatives and he was flown to North America. His high-profile defection led the way for other East European players to follow. Mogilny adapted easily to the NHL. He scored a whopping 76 goals in the 1992-93 season, tying for the NHL goal-scoring lead! Alex was named captain of the Buffalo Sabres in 1993, but then he was part of a blockbuster deal that sent him to the Vancouver Canucks in 1995. Mogilny and Bure were reunited. After one strong season, the next couple of years were full of injuries. The 1996 World cup was the last time Mogilny put on the Team Russia jersey, because he believed that younger players should be given a chance instead. Alexander was traded to the Devils in 2000; he immediately helped them win the Stanley Cup. The following season Mogilny was one of the best scorers, clicking on a line with Scott Gomez and Sergei Nemchinov. After signing with the Maple Leafs, Mogilny’s first season in Toronto was inconsistent, but in the playoffs he single-handedly won games 6 and 7 of the series against the Islanders, and game 7 against Ottawa. In the next season Alexander rebounded with two hat-tricks and the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly player, but missed most of the next season due to an ailing hip. In Toronto, Mogilny built a reputation for his sense of humour with reporters. After the NHL lockout, Mogilny returned to New Jersey. Because of a salary cap, the Devils could not carry Mogilny’s salary, so Alexander spent part of 2005-06 in the American Hockey League. Mogilny has retired from the NHL since, but occasionally takes part in charity games. In 2010, Mogilny was named the Vice-President of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1986-87 CSKA Moscow 28 15 1 16 4
1987-88 CSKA Moscow 39 12 8 20 14
1988-89 CSKA Moscow 31 11 11 22 24
1989-90 Buffalo 65 15 28 43 +8 16
1990-91 Buffalo 62 30 34 64 +14 16
1991-92 Buffalo 67 39 45 84 +7 73
1992-93 Buffalo 77 76 51 127 +7 40
1993-94 Buffalo 66 32 47 79 +8 22
1994-95 Spartak Moscow 1 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Buffalo 44 19 28 47 0 36
1995-96 Vancouver 79 55 52 107 +14 16
1996-97 Vancouver 76 31 42 73 +9 18
1997-98 Vancouver 51 18 27 45 -6 36
1998-99 Vancouver 59 14 31 45 0 58
1999-00 Vancouver/New Jersey 59 24 20 44 +3 20
2000-01 New Jersey 75 43 40 83 +10 43
2001-02 Toronto 66 24 33 57 +1 8
2002-03 Toronto 73 33 46 79 +4 12
2003-04 Toronto 37 8 22 30 +9 12
2005-06 New Jersey 34 12 13 25 -7 6
2005-06 Albany (AHL) 19 4 10 14 17
Totals USSR League 99 38 21 59 42
Totals NHL Reg. Season 990 473 559 1032 +81 432
Totals NHL Playoffs 124 39 47 86 -2 58

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1986 European U18 5 4 1 5 4
1987 World U20 6 3 2 5 4
1988 World U20 7 8 10 18 2
1988 Olympic Games 6 3 2 5 2
1989 World U20 7 7 5 12 4
1989 World Championship 10 0 3 3 2
1996 World Cup 5 2 4 6 0
Totals U18 Level 5 4 1 5 4
Totals U20 Level 20 18 17 35 10
Totals Senior Level 21 5 9 14 4

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