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Igor Korolev
Born September 6, 1970(1970-09-06)
Zelenograd, Soviet Union
Died September 7, 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 41)
Yaroslav, Russia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Played for HC Dynamo Moscow
St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets
Phoenix Coyotes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
National team Template:Country data Soviet Union
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1992
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1988–2010

Igor Korolev (born Igor Borisovich Korolev on September 6, 1970) was a professional ice hockey player and coach.

He played over 700 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1992 until 2004.

Igor returned to Russia, and played a further seven seasons in the Russian Super League (RSL) and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) before retiring from active play in 2010.

In 2011, he accepted an assistant coach position with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

Igor was killed in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster along with nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for whom he was coaching.

A native of the Russian Republic of the Soviet Union, Igor became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2000.

Playing Career[]

Igor began his professional playing career with HC Dynamo Moscow in the 1988–89 season appearing once.

The following season, he became a full member of the team, playing 17 games. He played two further full seasons with Dynamo. In all three seasons, Dynamo won the league championship.

Igor was drafted by the St. Louis Blues (38th overall) in the second round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

After five games with Dynamo in the 1992–93 season, he left to join the Blues. Igor played for the Blues for two seasons.

Igor was unsigned in the 1994–95 season and he returned to Dynamo. On January 18, 1995, he was claimed by the Winnipeg Jets on waivers and stayed with the team as it moved to Phoenix and later became the Phoenix Coyotes.

On September 29, 1997, Igor signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On June 23, 2001, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Philadelphia's third-round choice (which was previously acquired & Toronto selected Nicolas Corbeil) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 13, 2004, Igor signed as a free agent with Lokomotiv Yaroslav. After one season, he transferred to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, where he played three seasons.

Igor played one season with Atlant Moscow Oblast and one final season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl where he retired after the 2009–10 season.

Later Career\Death[]

Igor became an assistant coach with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

On September 7, 2011, he was killed (along with the entire Lokomotiv team) after their passenger plane crashed outside of Yaroslavl, Russia.

Igor was 41 years old at the time of his death and was still an assistant coach with Lokomotiv.

Career Statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 1 0 0 0 2
1989–90 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 17 3 2 5 2
1990–91 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 38 12 4 16 12
1991–92 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 33 12 8 20 10
1992–93 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 5 1 2 3 4
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 4 23 27 20 3 0 0 0 0
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 6 10 16 40 2 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 8 22 30 10
1994–95 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 13 4 6 10 18
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 73 22 29 51 42 6 0 3 3 0
1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 41 3 7 10 28 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 4 2 2 4 0
1996–97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 4 2 6 8 4
1997–98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 17 22 39 22
1998–99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 13 34 47 46 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 20 26 46 22 12 0 4 4 6
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 10 19 29 28 11 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 9 20 29 20 5 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 4 5 9 30
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 14 4 3 7 0 9 2 4 6 4
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 10 1 4 5 4
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 62 3 10 13 22
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 60 8 20 28 26 9 1 6 7 2
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 51 7 17 24 26 11 0 2 2 4
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 54 2 14 16 28 13 4 3 7 8
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 57 6 20 26 58 13 5 5 10 10
2008–09 Atlant Mytishchi KHL 56 7 15 22 46 7 0 1 1 10
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 48 5 15 20 28 15 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 795 119 227 346 330 41 0 8 8 6

International Statistics[]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Soviet Union CC 5th 5 0 0 0 0
1992 CIS WC 5th 6 2 1 3 2

Awards & Achievements[]

  • Soviet championship: 1990 (with Dynamo)
  • Soviet championship: 1991 (with Dynamo)
  • Championship of SNG: 1992 (with Dynamo)
  • International Hockey League: 1993 (with Dynamo)
  • International Hockey League: 1995 (with Dynamo)
  • Russian Super League: 2007 (with Metallurg Magnitogorsk)

Personal Life[]

Igor and Vera Korolev married in June of 1990. They have two daughters: Kristina and Anastasia.

His family has a permanent home in the North York district of Toronto, Canada. In 2000, the Korolevs obtained Canadian citizenship.

After a funeral on September 18, 2011, Igor was buried in Toronto at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Igor was the godfather of the son of fellow NHL player Nik Antropov. He and Nik both played the 2000–01 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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