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PLAYER PROFILE:
6 Darius Kasparaitis
New York Rangers
Drafted in the 1992 NHL Draft, 1st Round, 5th Overall.
Darius Kasparaitis Position: Defense
Height: 5'-11"
Weight: 212lbs.
Birthdate: October 16, 1972
Birthplace: Elektrenai, USSR
Shoots: Left
Last Amateur Club: Dynamo Moscow, CIS

SEASON RECORDS

REGULAR SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 79 4 17 21 166 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 76 1 10 11 142 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 13 0 1 1 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 46 1 7 8 93 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 2 21 23 100 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 4 8 12 127 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 1 4 5 70 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 3 12 15 146 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 16 19 111 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 2 12 14 123 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 10 0 0 0 19 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 80 3 11 14 85 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 44 1 9 10 48 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
TWELVE (12) NHL SEASONS 772 25 128 153 1252 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

POST-SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 5 5 31 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 4 0 0 0 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 1 1 2 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 1 1 2 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 0 3 3 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
SEVEN (7) NHL POST-SEASONS 81 2 10 12 107 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Milestones Achieved:

  • 100th Assist: 
  • 700th Game:
  • 500th Game:
  • 100th Point: 

Facts:

  • First NHL Game: Oct. 6, 1992 at New Jersey.
  • First NHL Goal: Oct. 27, 1992 vs. Los Angeles vs. Kelly Hrudey.
  • Most Goals, Game: 1
  • Most Assists, Game: 2
  • Most Points, Game: 2
  • Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 26 - Nov. 4, 1993 at Chicago.

Notables:

  • Lists his hobbies as fishing, cars and travel.
  • Sites his most memorable game as Game Seven of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, where he tallied the game-winning overtime goal vs. Buffalo.
  • Married: Wife, Ingela; daughter, Elizabeth.

TRANSACTIONS

June, 1992:

  • Drafted by NY Islanders in the first round (5th overall) of 1992 Entry Draft.

November 17, 1996:

  • Traded to Pittsburgh by New York Islanders with Andreas Johansson for Bryan Smolinski.

March 19, 2002:

  • Traded to Colorado by Pittsburgh for Rick Berry and Ville Nieminen.

July 2, 2002:

  • Signed as a free agent by New York Rangers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

International Career:

  • Has worn several national team jerseys during his career (USSR, CIS, Lithuania, Russia), participating in numerous international tournaments.
  • Captured a gold medal with the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
  • Helped lead Russia to a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, skating in six matches and registering two assists, along with six penalty minutes.
  • Made his second career Olympic appearance for Team Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, registering one goal in six matches, while helping Russia capture the bronze medal.
  • Participated twice in the World Junior Championships, capturing a silver medal in 1991 in Saskatoon and a gold medal in 1992 in Germany.
  • Has twice performed in the World Hockey Championship in 1992 and 1996.
  • Appeared in five matches and recorded two assists for Russia in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, collecting one assist and eight penalty minutes in four games.

Foreign Career:

  • Spent parts of five seasons with Moscow Dynamo of the Russian League from 1988-89 to 1992-93, skating in 59 career matches, registering three goals and 14 assists for 17 points, along with 32 penalty minutes.

1992-93 Season:

  • Appeared in 79 matches with the New York Islanders during his rookie campaign, registering four goals and 17 assists for 21 points, along with a career-high 166 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked second on the team with a plus-15 rating and 166 penalty minutes.
  • Tallied his first NHL goal on Oct. 27 vs. Los Angeles (Kelly Hrudey).
  • Made his NHL debut on Oct. 6 at New Jersey.
  • Skated in all 18 post-season contests, registering five assists.
  • Tied for third on the team with 31 playoff penalty minutes.

1993-94 Season:

  • Registered one goal and 10 assists for 11 points in 76 matches, along with 142 penalty minutes.
  • Selected the Islanders/London Jewelers Player of the Month for February.
  • Ranked third on the team with 142 penalty minutes.
  • Appeared in four playoff matches.

1994-95 Season:

  • Skated in 13 matches, recording one assist before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee on Feb. 20 at Montreal, causing him to miss the rest of the season.
  • Registered 22 penalty minutes in his 13 matches.

1995-96 Season:

  • Tallied one goal and seven assists for eight points in 46 matches, along with 93 penalty minutes.
  • Missed the first 15 games of the season recovering from right knee surgery.
  • Named by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association as the Islanders nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
  • Suffered severed tendons in his right hand on Dec. 9 at New Jersey, causing him to miss 16 games.
  • Ranked fourth on the team with 93 penalty minutes.
  • Skated in his 200th NHL match on Mar. 17 at Chicago.

1996-97 Season:

  • Skated in 75 matches with the Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering two goals and 21 assists for 23 points, along with 100 penalty minutes.
  • Established career-highs with 21 assists, 23 points and a plus-17 rating.
  • Began the season with the Islanders, appearing in 18 matches and recording five assists before being dealt to Pittsburgh, along with Andreas Johansson, on Nov. 17 in exchange for Bryan Smolinski.
  • Tallied two goals and 16 assists in 57 matches with Pittsburgh, along with 84 penalty minutes.
  • Posted a plus or even rating in 43 of his 57 matches with the Penguins, including a plus-5 rating on Dec. 11 at Anaheim.
  • Skated in all five post-season contests.

1997-98 Season:

  • Appeared in a career-high 81 matches in his first full season in Pittsburgh, recording four goals and eight assists for 12 points, along with 127 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked third in the NHL and first on the team with 225 hits.
  • Ranked second on the team with 127 penalty minutes.
  • Matched his career-high with four goals.
  • Skated in his 300th NHL game on Oct. 22 at San Jose.
  • Registered eight penalty minutes in five playoff matches.

1998-99 Season:

  • Registered one goal and four assists for five points in 48 matches, along with 70 penalty minutes.
  • Missed the first eight games of the season following a knee injury suffered in pre-season and sat out the final 21 games of the season after re-injuring the knee on Mar. 5 vs. Edmonton.
  • Ranked first on the team and 37th in the NHL with 173 hits.
  • Tied for fifth on the team with a plus-12 rating.
  • Skated in his 400th NHL match on Jan. 18 at Anaheim.

1999-00 Season:

  • Ranked fourth on the team among defensemen with 12 assists and 15 points.
  • Appeared in 73 matches, registering three goals and 12 assists for 15 points, along with 146 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked first on the team and eighth in the NHL with 261 hits.
  • Ranked first on the team with 119 blocked shots and was third with 146 penalty minutes.
  • Skated in all 11 playoff matches, tallying one goal and one assist for two points, along with 10 penalty minutes.

2000-01 Season:

  • Ranked third on the team among defensemen with 19 points.
  • Skated in 77 matches, registering three goals and 16 assists for 19 points, along with 111 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked first on the team and third in the NHL with 351 hits.
  • Placed first on the team and 32nd in the NHL with 124 blocked shots.
  • Tied for eighth on the team and was second among defensemen with a plus-11 rating.
  • Ranked fifth on the team with 111 penalty minutes.
  • Recorded his 100th NHL point on Nov. 24 at Philadelphia.
  • Appeared in his 500th NHL match on Oct. 27 at NYR.
  • Ranked first on the team with 26 playoff penalty minutes.
  • Skated in 17 post-season matches, registering one goal and one assist for two points, helping Pittsburgh reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Tallied the game-winning goal in overtime of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 10 at Buffalo.

2001-02 Season:

  • Skated in 80 matches with Pittsburgh and the Colorado Avalanche, registering two goals and 12 assists for 14 points, along with 142 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked second in the NHL with 373 hits.
  • Tied for 33rd in the NHL with 142 penalty minutes.
  • Began the season with Pittsburgh, registering 14 points, along with 123 penalty minutes prior to his trade.
  • Acquired by Colorado on Mar. 19 in exchange for Rick Berry and Ville Nieminen.
  • Skated in 11 matches with Colorado, collecting 19 penalty minutes.
  • Appeared in his 600th NHL match on Dec. 14 vs. Minnesota.
  • Recorded his 100th NHL assist on Nov. 27 vs. New Jersey.
  • Appeared in 21 post-season contests with Colorado, registering three assists, along with 18 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked first on the team and second in the NHL with 112 playoff hits.

2002-03 Season:

  • Signed as a free agent with the Rangers on July 2.
  • Appeared in 80 matches, registering three goals and 11 assists for 14 points, along with 85 penalty minutes.
  • Ranked fourth on the team with 85 penalty minutes.
  • Posted a plus or even rating in 23 of his last 25 matches, recording a plus-15 over the span.
  • Skated in his 700th NHL match on Jan. 26 at Washington.
  • Recorded his first multi-point game as a Ranger on Nov. 21 at New Jersey with a pair of assists.
  • Tallied his first goal as a Ranger on Dec. 28 at Florida, netting the game-winner in a 2-1 over time victory.
  • Registered his first point as a Ranger on Oct. 17 at Buffalo.
  • Made his Rangers debut on Oct. 9 at Carolina.

2003-04 Season:

  • Appeared in 44 games, registering one goal and nine assists for 10 points, along with 48 penalty minutes.
  • Missed the final 36 games of the season after suffering a left knee injury on Jan. 19 at Boston.
  • Ranked second on the team among defensemen with a plus-11 rating.
  • Missed two games due to a rib injury.
  • Skated in his 100th game as a Ranger on Nov. 23 vs. Ottawa.
  • Underwent surgery to perform a re-section of the right clavicle on Mar. 24.
 

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