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06
Jun
13

Valeri Bure

Full Name: Valeri Vladimirovich Bure
Last Team: Dallas Stars
Number: 8
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5’10”/178 cm
Weight: 180 lbs/82 kg
Born: June 13, 1974 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 1992 Entry Draft

Strengths: Bure had many of the same electrifying traits as his older brother, Pavel. “The Pocket Rocket” was as good at creating plays as he was at scoring timely goals. He had one of the NHL’s most dangerous slapshots.

Weaknesses: Bure played best as a supporting player on talented teams, but he was not always dependent when entrusted with being the primary offensive threat of a team. Valeri also was also prone to injuries from NHL’s physical game and retired very early.

Biography: Coming soon

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1990-91 CSKA Moscow 3 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 53 27 22 49 78
1992-93 Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 66 68 79 147 49
1993-94 Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 59 40 62 102 48
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens (AHL) 45 23 25 48 32
1994-95 Montreal 24 3 1 4 -1  6
1995-96 Montreal 77 22 20 42 +10 28
1996-97 Montreal 64 14 21 35 +4 6
1997-98 Montreal/Calgary 66 12 26 38 -5 35
1998-99 Calgary 80 26 27 53 22
1999-00 Calgary 82 35 40 75 -7 50
2000-01 Calgary 78 27 28 55 -21 26
2001-02 Florida 31 8 10 18 -3 12
2002-03 Florida/St. Louis 51 5 23 25 -13 10
2003-04 Florida/Dallas 68 22 30 52 +3 26
Totals USSR Reg. Season 3 0 0 0 0
Totals NHL Reg. Season 621 174 226 400 -33 221
Totals NHL Playoffs 22 0 7 7 -4 16

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1994 World Juniors U20 7 5 3 8 4
1994 World Championship 6 3 0 3 2
1996 World Cup 1 0 0 0 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 1 0 1 0
2002 Olympic Games 6 1 0 1 2
Totals U20 Level 7 5 3 8 4
Totals Senior Level 19 5 0 5 6

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25
Mar
13

Valeri Kamensky

Full Name: Valeri Viktorovich Kamensky
Last Team: Khimik Voskresensk (RSL)
Number: 13
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’1”/185 cm
Weight: 196 lbs/89 kg
Born: April 18, 1966 in Voskresensk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Quebec Nordiques in 7th round (129th overall) of the 1988 Entry Draft

Strengths: Kamensky was one of the best forwards that developed in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. His playmaking and sniping abilities carried over successfully to the NHL, where he was one of the fastest skaters.

Weaknesses: Kamensky played best with equally talented linemates, but struggled when he had to lead a team. Despite his strong efforts, he did not develop into a great all-around forward.

Biography: Valeri Kamensky grew up and began his hockey career in Voskresensk, a small city in the Moscow Region that has raised several hockey stars, including Igor Larionov and Vyacheslav Kozlov. Like Larionov, Kamensky developed with the Khimik sports club and after a few seasons moved to CSKA – the country’s top club. In 1985, he was a member of the bronze-medal Soviet team at the World Junior Championship and in the following year won the gold medal with the team. In the late 1980s, Kamensky became one of the top scorers for both the Red Army team and for the national team. He primarily played on a line with Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov – the Soviet Union’s top scoring threat after the famous Krutov-Larionov-Makarov troika. With Kamensky, the Soviet Union won World Championship gold medals in 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1990, a silver medal in 1987, and a bronze in 1991. At the 1991 World Championship, he was named the tournament’s top forward. Kamensky also had memorable performances at the 1987 Canada Cup, where the USSR finished second, and the 1988 Olympics which the team won. While he was with CSKA, his team won four consecutive Soviet championships from 1986 to 1989. Kamensky was named the top Soviet hockey player in 1991. Although he was drafted by the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques in 1988, Valeri had to wait until 1991 to play hockey in North America. By the time he left CSKA and Russia, he had a rank of First Lieutenant and was decorated with a Medal for Labour Valour. With the Nordiques, Kamensky was playing at near point-per-game pace in his first few seasons and was one of several European stars on the team, along with Swedes Mats Sundin and Peter Forsberg. For the duration of the 1994-95 NHL lockout, Kamensky joined Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league. The following season was the most successful not only for the Nordiques (which moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche), but also for Kamensky. He scored a career-high 38 goals and 85 points and added 22 points in the playoffs, with his team winning the Stanley Cup. With this victory, Valeri was one of the first Russians (with teammate Alexei Gusarov) to join the rare Triple-Gold club of players who have won the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, and the Stanley Cup. Kamensky maintained a high-scoring rate in the next two seasons and his dangling goal against Panthers keeper John Vanbiesbrouck was selected the best goal of the 1997-98 season. That year, Kamensky also played for Russia at the Nagano Olympics, where the team lost in the gold-medal final to the Czechs. In 1999, Kamensky signed with the New York Rangers and in 2001-02 played his final NHL season for the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils. At this point, he was a supporting rather than a top-line player and was scratched from the lineup on a regular basis. He announced his retirement in 2002, but the next year returned to Russia to play for the club where he began his career – Khimik. Kamensky had a productive final season in 2004-05, scoring 17 goals and not missing any games. Kamensky is currently a board member of the Kontinental Hockey League and is chairman of the league’s disciplinary committee. He is also a noted collector of autographed hockey sticks.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1982-83 Khimik Voskresensk 5 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Khimik Voskresensk 20 2 2 4 6
1984-85 Khimik Voskresensk 45 9 3 12 24
1985-86 CSKA Moscow 40 15 9 24 8
1986-87 CSKA Moscow 37 13 8 21 16
1987-88 CSKA Moscow 51 26 20 46 40
1988-89 CSKA Moscow 40 18 10 28 30
1989-90 CSKA Moscow 45 19 18 37 40
1990-91 CSKA Moscow 46 20 26 46 66
1991-92 Quebec 23 7 14 21 -1 14
1992-93 Quebec 32 15 22 37 +13 14
1993-94 Quebec 76 28 37 65 +12 42
1994-95 HC Ambri-Piotta (Switz.) 12 13 6 19 2
1994-95 Quebec 40 10 20 30 +3 22
1995-96 Colorado 81 38 47 85 +14 85
1996-97 Colorado 68 28 38 66 +5 38
1997-98 Colorado 75 26 40 66 -2 60
1998-99 Colorado 65 14 30 44 +1 28
1999-00 NY Rangers 58 13 19 32 -13 24
2000-01 NY Rangers 65 14 20 34 -18 36
2001-02 Dallas/New Jersey 54 7 14 21 +1 20
2003-04 Khimik Voskresensk 23 5 9 14 +4 53
2004-05 Khimik Voskresensk 57 17 19 36 +3 59
Totals USSR/RSL Reg. Season 409 144 124 268 342
Totals NHL Reg. Season 637 200 301 501 +15 383
Totals NHL Playoffs 66 25 35 60 +15 72

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1984 European U18 5 1 3 4 0
1985 World Juniors U20 7 2 2 4 8
1986 World Juniors U20 7 7 6 13 6
1986 World Championship 9 2 0 2 8
1987 World Championship 10 5 3 8 6
1987 Canada Cup 9 6 1 7 6
1988 Olympic Games 8 4 2 6 4
1989 World Championship 10 4 4 8 8
1990 World Championship 10 7 2 9 20
1991 World Championship 10 6 5 11 10
1994 World Championship 6 5 5 10 12
1998 Olympic Games 6 1 2 3 0
2000 World Championship 6 0 0 0 10
Totals U18 Level 5 1 3 4 0
Totals U20 Level 14 9 8 17 14
Totals Senior Level 84 40 24 64 84

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05
Apr
11

Alexei Zhitnik

Full name: Alexei Nikolaevich Zhitnik
Last Team: Dynamo Moscow (KHL)

Number: 77
Position: Defenceman
Height: 5’11”/180 cm
Weight: 225 lbs/100 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: October 10, 1972 in Kiev, UKR
Drafted: Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in 4th round (81st overall) of the 1991 Entry Draft

Strengths: Zhitnik was one of the best all-around defencemen of the last two decades. He had great mobility on the ice and usually played against the opposing teams’ top lines. Zhitnik was also a good playmaker and point man on the powerplay.

Weaknesses: Zhitnik’s speed, physical play and defensive reliability had been declining in his last few seasons. When attacking, he was prone to making risky plays leading to turnovers.

Biography: Born in Kiev, Zhitnik developed into a hockey player with the Sokol sports club. At age 18, he drew attention from the NHL due to his speed and strength (Zhitnik was nicknamed “elephant” because of his powerful legs) and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings. Like the majority of especially talented and promising young hockey players in the Soviet Union, Alexei was transferred to the Central Red Army team in Moscow. He played well enough to play not only at the 1992 World Junior Championship, but also at the Olympics in the same year. At both tournaments, Russia (or CIS, as it was known then) won gold. In the summer of that year, Zhitnik made the shocking transition from Russian life, where foreign jeans were a luxury, to sunny southern California. In his first season in the NHL, Alexei’s team (led by superstar Wayne Gretzky) made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final, but lost to the Montreal Canadiens. After another season and a half in L.A., Zhitnik was traded to the Sabres. He continued to be involved with the national team, being called to represent Russia at the 1996 World Championship (where he was named the tournament’s best defenceman), the 1996 World Cup, and the 1998 Olympics (where Russia won silver). In Buffalo, Zhitnik was one the pillars of the Sabres’ rise in the late 1990s. Alexei once again came short of being a Stanley Cup champion when the Sabres lost to the Dallas Stars in the 1999 playoff finals. In 1999 and 2002, he was invited to play at the NHL All-Star Game. Zhitnik joined fellow stars Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Kovalev and Nikolai Khabibulin in playing for Ak Bars Kazan during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. He did not return to the Sabres when the NHL resumed, signing instead with the New York Islanders. Although he was still a reliable minute-eating defenceman, Zhitnik was traded twice in the 2006-07 season, moving from the Islanders to the Flyers to the Thrashers. In 2007, when he was a Flyer, Zhitnik became the first Soviet-born defenseman to play 1000 games in the NHL. In 2008, Atlanta bought out the remaining year of his contract and Alexei returned to Russia to play for Moscow Dynamo. That year, Zhitnik played for the national team for the first time in eight years, captaining Russia at the Karjala Cup tournament of the Euro Hockey Tour. He was named captain of Dynamo for the 2009-10 season. This was Zhitnik’s last season of playing hockey.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1989-90 Sokol Kiev 31 3 4 7 16
1990-91 Sokol Kiev 46 1 4 5 46
1991-92 CSKA Moscow 44 2 7 9 52
1992-93 Los Angeles 78 12 36 48 -3 80
1993-94 Los Angeles 81 12 40 52 -11 101
1994-95 Los Angeles/Buffalo 32 4 10 14 -6 61
1995-96 Buffalo 80 6 30 36 -25 58
1996-97 Buffalo 80 7 28 35 +10 95
1997-98 Buffalo 78 15 30 45 +19 102
1998-99 Buffalo 81 7 26 33 -6 96
1999-00 Buffalo 74 2 11 13 -6 95
2000-01 Buffalo 78 8 29 37 -3 75
2001-02 Buffalo 82 1 33 34 -1 80
2002-03 Buffalo 70 3 18 21 -5 85
2003-04 Buffalo 68 4 24 28 -13 102
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan 23 1 8 9 30
2005-06 N.Y. Islanders 59 5 24 29 +4 88
2006-07 N.Y.I./Philadelphia/Atlanta 79 7 31 38 +1 92
2007-08 Atlanta 83 5 17 22 -4 72
2008-09 Dynamo Moscow 56 4 12 16 0 58
2009-10 Dynamo Moscow 56 0 7 7 +2 60
Totals USSR/RHL/KHL Reg. Season 256 11 42 53 262
Totals RHL/KHL Playoffs 16 1 2 3 24
Totals NHL Reg. Season 1085 96 375 471 -53 1268
Totals NHL Playoffs 98 9 30 39 -33 168

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1990 European U18 6 2 2 4 2
1991 World U20 7 1 1 2 2
1991 Canada Cup 5 0 0 0 4
1992 World U20 7 1 1 2 2
1992 Olympic Games 8 1 0 1 0
1992 World Championship 6 0 2 2 6
1994 World Championship 6 1 2 1 8
1996 World Championship 8 1 1 2 6
1996 World Cup 3 0 1 1 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 0 2 2 2
2000 World Championship 6 0 1 1 2
Totals U18 Level 6 2 2 4 2
Totals U20 Level 14 2 2 4 4
Totals Senior Level 48 3 9 12 30

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08
Dec
10

Darius Kasparaitis

Full name: Darius Vladovich Kasparaitis
Last Team: SKA St. Petersburg

Number: 6
Position: Defenseman
Height: 5’11″/180 cm
Weight: 215 lbs/98 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: October 16, 1972 in Elektrenai, LIT
Drafted: Selected by New York Islander in 1st round (5th overall) of the 1992 entry Draft

Strengths: When he played, Darius was a one-of-a-kind wrecking ball on the ice. He was best known for his physical play, penalty-killing, checking, and shot-blocking abilities. He lived up to his nickname “Kaspar the unfriendly ghost.”

Weaknesses: Sometimes Kasparaitis got carried away targeting opposing teams’ players and took a lot of costly penalties. His offensive skills did not develop to the level expected when he started his NHL career.

Biography: Lithuania produces few hockey players, let alone stars. When Darius joined the Dynamo club in Moscow, he became the first Lithuanian to play in the Soviet Championship in over thirty years. He debuted with Dynamo at the age of sixteen and was a member of the back-to-back championship teams of 1991 and 1992. Kasparaitis also had a significant international career. His awards included an all-star berth at the 1990 European Junior Championships, a silver medal at the 1991 World Juniors, a gold medal and best defenseman award at the 1992 World Juniors, a gold medal at 1992 Olympics, a silver medal at 1998 Olympics, and a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympics. All that Darius is missing is the Stanley Cup. When he played for the New York Islanders in the mid-1990s his team often missed the playoffs. On the Pittsburgh Penguins, Darius found more success playing alongside stars such as Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, and Alexei Kovalev. During a 2001 quarterfinal playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres, Darius scored the biggest goal of his career – in overtime of game seven. In 2002, Kaspar had a short stint as a playoff rental for the Colorado Avalanche before being signed by the New York Rangers. During the 2004-05 season, he played on the star-studded Ak Bars Kazan team in Russia. After a decrease in productivity in the NHL and a few conditioning stints with the Rangers’ farm club in the AHL, Kasparaitis was loaned to SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Superleague in 2007. Despite being such a menace on the ice, Darius has a soft side too. For every player whom he injured, Darius prayed. With his wife Irina he donates equipment to hockey schools in Lithuania. Once retiring as a hockey player, Kasparaitis was quick to make use of his colourful personality and is now an assistant coach for SKA.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1988-89 Dynamo Moscow 3 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Dynamo-2 Moscow (USSR-3) 16 3
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow 17 0 1 1 10
1991-92 Dynamo-2 Moscow (USSR-3) 8 2 1 3 8
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 31 2 10 12 14
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow 7 1 3 4 4
1992-93 NY Islanders 79 4 17 21 +15 166
1993-94 NY Islanders 76 1 10 11 -6 142
1994-95 NY Islanders 13 0 1 1 -11 22
1995-96 NY Islanders 46 1 7 8 -12 93
1996-97 NY Islanders/Pittsburgh 75 2 22 24 +17 100
1997-98 Pittsburgh 81 4 8 12 +3 127
1998-99 Pittsburgh 48 1 4 5 +12 70
1999-00 Pittsburgh 73 3 12 15 -12 146
2000-01 Pittsburgh 77 3 16 19 +11 111
2001-02 Pittsburgh/Colorado 80 2 12 14 0 142
2002-03 NY Rangers 80 3 11 14 +5 85
2003-04 NY Rangers 44 1 9 10 +11 48
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan 28 1 3 4 118
2005-06 NY Rangers 67 0 6 6 +7 97
2006-07 Hartford (AHL) 12 0 3 3 +1 8
2006-07 NY Rangers 24 2 2 4 -1 30
2007-08 Hartford (AHL) 4 1 0 1 +1 4
2007-08 SKA St. Petersburg 33 1 4 5 80
2008-09 SKA St. Petersburg 26 0 1 1 34
Totals USSR/RSL/KHL Reg. Season 136 5 22 27 264
Totals RSL/KHL Playoffs 11 0 2 2 55
Totals NHL Reg. Season 863 27 136 163 +39 1379
Totals NHL Playoffs 83 2 10 12 -9 107

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1990 European U18 6 1 6 7 12
1991 World U20 6 1 3 4 16
1992 World U20 7 1 5 6 8
1992 Olympic Games 8 0 2 2 2
1992 World Championship 6 2 1 3 4
1996 World Championship 8 0 2 2 2
1996 World Cup 5 0 2 2 14
1998 Olympic Games 6 0 2 2 6
2002 Olympic Games 6 1 0 1 4
2004 World Cup 4 0 1 1 8
2006 Olympic Games 8 0 2 2 8
Totals U18 Level 6 1 6 7 12
Totals U20 Level 13 2 8 10 24
Totals Senior Level 51 3 12 15 48

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30
Nov
10

Alexei Zhamnov

Full name: Alexei Yurievich Zhamnov
Last team: Boston Bruins

Number: 13
Position: Center
Height: 6’1”/185 cm
Weight: 204 lbs/92 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: September 30, 1970 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Winnipeg Jets in 4th round (77th overall) of the 1990 Entry Draft

Strengths: Alexei Zhamnov played like a prototypical Russian center – patient, skilled with the puck, and with excellent passing abilities. He scored many impressive goals in his career.

Weaknesses: Despite his size, Zhamnov was not physical enough. Also, with his talent, he sometimes didn’t play to his full ability when under pressure.

Biography: As a boy, Alexei Zhamnov was an average student and not very disciplined. He had a fun childhood with hockey being his #1 passion. He was lucky to be noticed by a trainer from the Dynamo organization when practising in a backyard. Alexei was invited to the Dynamo sports school, where he developed his hockey skills and was a productive center. He was drafted to the NHL in 1990, but left two years later, after earning three Soviet league championships with Dynamo (1990-92), a silver medal at the World Juniors, participation at the Canada Cup, and gold medals at the 1991 World Championship and the 1992 Olympics. The Alexei arrived in North America as one of the best young Russian forwards. On the Winnipeg Jets, he enjoyed being the playmaking centre to star snipers Keith Tkachuk and Teemu Selanne. On April 1, 1995, Zhamnov scored five goals in one game and finished third in NHL scoring that season. Next year he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for fan favourite Jeremy Roenick. Zhamnov felt the pressure to be as great a player in Chicago. In 2002, Alexei became the first European captain of the Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Chicago made the NHL playoffs only once with Zhamnov. Internationally, Zhamnov played for Russia at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, winning silver and bronze medals in addition to his gold from 1992. He later hinted that he was done playing for Russia. In 2004, Zhamnov was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he was a crucial part of their offense. During the NHL lockout, Zhamnov played for Vityaz Chekhov in Russia’s second league. He was briefly a Boston Bruin before retiring due to injury. Alexei then returned to Russia to be the general manager of Vityaz, a position he retains to this day.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1988-89 Dynamo Moscow 4 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow 43 11 6 17 21
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow 46 16 12 28 24
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 39 15 21 36 28
1992-93 Winnipeg 68 25 47 72 +7 58
1993-94 Winnipeg 61 26 45 70 -20 62
1994-95 Winnipeg 48 30 35 65 +5 20
1995-96 Winnipeg 58 22 37 59 -4 65
1996-97 Chicago 74 20 42 62 +18 56
1997-98 Chicago 70 21 28 49 +16 61
1998-99 Chicago 76 20 41 61 -10 50
1999-00 Chicago 71 23 37 60 +7 61
2000-01 Chicago 63 13 36 49 -12 40
2001-02 Chicago 77 22 45 67 +8 67
2002-03 Chicago 74 15 43 58 0 70
2003-04 Chicago/Philadelphia 43 11 25 36 -1 28
2004-05 Vityaz Chekhov (RSL-2) 24 5 22 27 +11 20
2005-06 Boston 24 1 9 10 -4 30
Totals USSR League 132 42 39 81 +8 73
Totals NHL Reg. Season 807 249 470 719 +10 668
Totals NHL Playoffs 35 6 13 19 -6 18

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1990 World U20 7 6 1 7 6
1991 Worlc Championship 10 4 5 9 12
1991 Canada Cup 5 3 0 3 2
1992 Olympic Games 8 0 3 3 8
1992 World Championship 6 0 0 0 29
1996 World Cup 4 0 2 2 6
1998 Olympic Games 6 2 1 3 2
2000 World Championship 5 0 1 1 0
2002 Olympic Games 6 1 0 1 4
Totals U20 Level 7 6 1 7 6
Totals Senior Level 50 10 12 22 63

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