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Alexander Karpovtsev
Born April 7, 1970(1970-04-07)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died September 7, 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 41)
Yaroslav, Russia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for USSR
Dynamo Moscow
NHL
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
Florida Panthers
RSL
Sibir Novosibirsk
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Avangard Omsk
National team Template:Country data RUS
NHL Draft 158th overall, 1990
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1987–2007

Alexander Karpovtsev (born on April 7, 1970) was a Russian professional ice hockey player and later an assistant coach for Ak Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

In the NHL, he played for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers.

Alexander, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Zubov and Sergei Nemchinov were the first Russian players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup, winning it in 1994 with the New York Rangers.

Playing Career[]

Alexander played for HC Dynamo Moscow. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques (158th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

On September 7, 1993, he was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Mike Hurlbut where he won the Stanley Cup with the team in 1994.

On October 14, 1998, Alexander was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs (along with the New York Rangers' fourth-round draft choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for Mathieu Schneider.

On October 2, 2000, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks (along with the Toronto Maple Leafs' fourth-round draft choice in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for Bryan McCabe.

On March 9, 2004, Alexander was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for New York's fourth-round draft choice in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. With the Islanders, he only played in four games.

On July 14, 2004, he was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he played for Sibir Novosibirsk and Lokomotiv Yaroslav.

After the lockout ended, Alexander played in only six games with the Panthers. He later came back to play for Sibir Novosibirsk for two seasons.

Later Career\Death[]

Alexander was an assistant coach for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. On September 7, 2011, he was killed when his charter plane (which carried the entire Lokomotiv team) crashed outside of Yaroslavl, Russia.

He was 41 years old at the time of his death.

Career Statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 2 0 1 1 0
1989–90 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 35 1 1 2 27
1990–91 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 40 0 5 5 15
1991–92 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 28 3 2 5 22
1992–93 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 36 3 11 14 100
1993–94 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 3 0 0 0 6
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 67 3 15 18 58 17 0 4 4 12
1994–95 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 13 0 2 2 10
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 47 4 8 12 30 8 1 0 1 0
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 40 2 16 18 26 6 0 1 1 4
1996–97 New York Rangers NHL 77 9 29 38 59 13 1 3 4 20
1997–98 New York Rangers NHL 47 3 7 10 48
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL 2 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 2 25 27 52 14 1 3 4 12
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 3 14 17 54 11 0 3 3 4
2000–01 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 5 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 53 2 13 15 39
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 9 10 40 5 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 4 10 14 12
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 24 0 7 7 14
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 1 1 4
2004–05 Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 5 0 1 1 16
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 33 2 4 6 45 9 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 0 0 4
2005–06 Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 18 2 1 3 39 3 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 39 5 13 18 90 7 1 2 3 8
NHL totals 596 34 154 188 430 74 4 14 18 52

International Statistics[]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Soviet Union WJC Template:Silver2 7 0 1 1 8
1993 Russia WC Template:Gold1 8 0 1 1 10
1996 Russia WCH SF 1 0 0 0 0
2005 Russia WC Template:Bronze3 8 0 1 1 2
Senior int'l totals 17 0 2 2 12

Personal Life[]

Alexander was married to Janna Karpovtsev and had two daughters: Dasha (born in 1993) and Stacy (born in 2000).

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