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PLAYER PROFILE:
27 Alexei Kovalev
Montreal Canadians
Drafted in the 1991 NHL Draft, 1st Round, 15th Overall.
Alexei Kovalev Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'-1"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthdate: February 24, 1973
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia
Shoots: Left
Last Amateur Club: Binghampton, AHL

SEASON RECORDS

REGULAR SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 65 20 18 38 79 -10 3 0 3 1 134 14.93
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 76 23 33 56 154 18 7 0 3 0 184 12.5
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 48 13 15 28 30 -6 1 1 1 0 103 12.62
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 81 24 34 58 98 5 8 1 7 0 206 11.65
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 45 13 22 35 42 11 1 0 0 0 110 11.82
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 73 23 30 53 44 -22 8 0 3 1 173 13.29
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 14 3 4 7 12 -6 1 0 1 0 35 8.57
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 20 26 46 37 8 5 1 4 0 156 12.82
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 26 40 66 94 -3 9 2 4 1 254 10.23
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 44 51 95 96 12 12 2 9 1 307 14.33
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 32 44 76 80 2 8 1 3 2 266 12.03
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 27 37 64 50 -11 8 0 1 0 212 12.74
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 24 10 3 13 20 2 3 0 -- -- 59 16.95
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 65 13 28 41 48 -5 3 0 -- -- 178 7.30
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 1 2 3 12 -4 0 0 -- -- 29 3.45
TWELVE (12) NHL SEASONS

849

292

388

680

902

-9

77

8

39

6

2406

12.14

POST-SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 23 9 12 21 18 5 5 0 2 0 71 12.68
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 10 4 7 11 10 2 0 0 0 0 23 17.39
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 11 3 4 7 14 0 0 0 1 0 31 9.68
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 5 7 12 14 0 0 0 1 0 24 20.83
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 1 5 6 10 -1 0 0 0 0 37 2.7
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 5 5 10 16 -2 1 0 0 0 44 11.36
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 6 4 10 8 2 1 0 -- -- 29 20.69
SEVEN (7) NHL POST-SEASONS 94 33 44 77 90 6 7 0 4 0 259 12.74

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Milestones Achieved:

  • 300th Assist: 2/27/02 vs. Los Angeles.
  • 200th Assist: 12/23/99 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • 800th Game:
  • 700th Game: 
  • 600th Game: 2/7/01 vs. Philadelphia.
  • 500th Game: 12/29/99 at Washington.
  • 400th Game: 11/18/98 at Anaheim.
  • 200th Goal: 2/19/01 vs. Colorado.
  • 100th Goal: 12/5/97 vs. Washington.
  • 600th Point: 
  • 500th Point: 12/11/01 at Washington.
  • 400th Point: 11/1/01 at San Jose.
  • 300th Point: 2/2/99 vs. Buffalo.

Facts:

  • First NHL Game: Oct. 12, 1992 vs. Hartford.
  • First NHL Goal: Oct. 12, 1992 vs. Hartford vs. Sean Burke.
  • First NHL Point: Oct. 12, 1992 vs. Hartford.
  • Most Goals, Game:
    • 3 Goal-Games: 9 times.
  • Most Assists, Game:
    • 3 Assist-Games: 10 times.
  • Most Points, Game:
    • 5 Point-Games: 10 times.
  • Longest Scoring Streak: 46 Games.
  • Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 21 - Jan. 6, 1992 at Ottawa.
  • Stanley Cup Championships: 1994.
  • NHL All-Star Games: 2001.

Notables:

  • Was the first Soviet player ever taken in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.
  • Alexei and his wife, Eugina, have a son, Nikita.
  • Is a licensed pilot and has flown numerous trips across the Northeast United States.
  • Enjoys playing golf in the off-season.

TRANSACTIONS

June, 1991:

  • Drafted by NY Rangers in the first round (15th overall) of 1991 Entry Draft.

November 25, 1998:

  • Traded to Pittsburgh by New York Rangers with Harry York for Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer, and Sean Pronger.

February 10, 2003:

  • Traded to New York Rangers by Pittsburgh with Janne Laukkanen, Dan Lacouture, and Mike Wilson for Mikael Samuelsson, Rico Fata, Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and cash.

March 2, 2004:

  • Traded to Montreal by New York Rangers for Jozef Balej and a 2004 4th round pick.

INJURIES

January 8, 1997:

  • Missed the last 37 games of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament vs Tampa Bay.

January 26, 1998:

  • Missed eight games following arthroscopic knee surgery.

2001-02 Season:

  • Missed 15 games due to injury (13- knee surgery, 2 hip).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1990-91 Season:

  • Played for Moscow Dynamo, winning a national title.
  • Also played for the Russian team that won the World Junior Championship, recording 10 points (5+5) in seven games.
  • Led the team in scoring and ranked fifth in the tournament.
  • Named to the World Junior Tournament All-Star team.

1991-92 Season:

  • Spent the season with Moscow Dynamo after playing in two pre-season games with the Rangers.
  • Won the national title with Moscow Dynamo for the second consecutive year.
  • Was a member of the CIS team that won the Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, recording three points (1+2) in eight games.

1992-93 Season:

  • Played in 65 games with the Rangers.
  • Scored a goal in his first NHL game Oct. 12 vs Hartford.
  • Notched his first career hat trick Dec. 27 vs Boston.
  • Had a career-high four point game (1+3) Dec. 13 vs Montreal.

1993-94 Season:

  • Recorded 56 points in 76 games to rank sixth on the Rangers in scoring.
  • His 23 goals tied for third on the team.
  • Had an 11-game point streak Mar. 16-Apr. 8, recording 15 points (10+5).
  • Ranked second on the team with 27 even strength assists and 43 even strength points.
  • Placed third on the team in playoff scoring with 21 points in 23 games.
  • Tied for second on the team with seven points (2+5) in the Stanley Cup Finals vs Vancouver.
  • Notched a point in each of the last five games of the Finals.
  • Set a club record with his fifth power play goal of the playoffs in Game Six of the Finals.
  • Recorded a point in each of the first seven playoff games, collecting 11 points (4+7).

1994-95 Season:

  • Ranked seventh on the Rangers with 28 points, appearing in all 48 games.
  • Collected 17 of his 28 points at home.
  • Led the team with 11 even strength goals.
  • Ranked third on the Rangers in playoff scoring with 11 points in 10 games.
  • Registered a point in seven of 10 playoff games.

1995-96 Season:

  • Ranked third on the Rangers with 24 goals.
  • Ranked fifth with 58 points.
  • Led the Rangers with seven game-winning goals.
  • Tied for fifth on the team with seven points in the playoffs.
  • Played for Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey.

1996-97 Season:

  • Missed the last 37 games of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 8 vs Tampa Bay.
  • Notched his second career hat trick Oct. 16 vs Pittsburgh.
  • Recorded his 200th career point Dec. 6 vs Toronto.

1997-98 Season:

  • Ranked third on the Rangers with 53 points.
  • Tied for first on the team with 23 goals and ranked fourth with 30 assists.
  • Tallied 22 points (8+14) on the power play to rank fourth on the team.
  • Tied for second with three game-winning goals.
  • Had 13 multi-point games (one four-point game, one three-point game, 11 two-point games).
  • Had a seven-game point streak Mar. 21-Apr. 4, recording 10 points (7+3).
  • Missed eight games following arthroscopic knee surgery Jan. 26.
  • Recorded eight points (5+3) in six games for Russia at the 1998 World Championships.

1998-99 Season:

  • Recorded 46 points (20+26) in 63 games with the Penguins after being acquired from the NY Rangers Nov. 25.
  • Made his Penguins debut Nov. 27, picking up two assists against his former team.
  • His 53 total points ranked fourth on the Penguins.
  • Ranked third in goals, fourth in power play goals (6), second in game-winning goals (5) and fifth in hits (95).
  • Had eight multi-point games, seven with the Penguins (6 with 2 points, 2 with 3 points).
  • Posted a 10-game point streak from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15, collecting 12 points (6+6).
  • Scored the first overtime goal of his career Feb. 9 vs Montreal.
  • Tied for second with Jaromir Jagr in playoff scoring with 12 points (5+7) in 10 games.
  • Tied for second on the team in goals and assists.
  • Recorded 10 points (4+6) in six games vs New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to rank second on the team.

1999-00 Season:

  • Ranked second on the team in goals (26) and points (66), and ranked third in assists (40).
  • Led the team in short-handed goals (2) and short-handed points (5).
  • Recorded a point on five of the Penguins seven short-handed goals.
  • Tied for second on the team with 26 power play points and ranked third with nine power play goals.
  • Ranked second in game-winning goals (4) and shots on goal (254).
  • His 94 penalty minutes ranked fourth on the team and his 90 hits ranked seventh.
  • Was the only Penguins to appear in all 82 games.
  • Had 18 multi-point games to rank second on the team.
  • Of those 18 games, 14 were two-point games, three were three-point games and one was a four-point game.
  • Tied for fourth on the team with six points (1+5), in 11 playoff games.
  • Ranked second with 37 shots on goal.
  • Had three assists in Game One at Washington on Apr. 13.

2000-01 Season:

  • Set career highs with 44 goals, 51 assists and 95 points.
  • Tied for fourth in the league in points, ranked fifth in goals, tied for 13th in assists, ranked fifth in shots (307) and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (9).
  • Tied for second on the Penguins in points, ranked second in goals, third in assists, second in game-winning goals, third in power play goals, third in power play points and fifth in hits (104).
  • Set career-highs with five points (3+2) Feb. 7 vs. Philadelphia and Feb. 23 vs. the Rangers (3+2).
  • Also notched hat tricks Nov. 8 vs. Philadelphia and Feb. 10 vs. New Jersey.
  • His four hat tricks tied for the league lead with Floridas Pavel Bure and were the most in one season by a Penguin since Mario Lemieux had six in 1995-96.
  • Had an eight-game point streak from Jan. 12-27 totaling 12 points (7+5).
  • Had a point in 51 of his 79 games (64.6%) and was held scoreless in three straight games only once (Feb. 11-16).
  • Recorded 32 multi-point games (24 with two points, six with three points and two with five points).
  • Had seven multi-goal games (four with three goals and three with two).
  • Tied for second on the team in playoff goals (5), tied for fifth in assists (5) and tied for fourth in points (10).
  • Ranked second in shots (44).
  • Played in all 18 playoff games.
  • Had four multi-point games.

2001-02 Season:

  • Led the Penguins with 76 points, despite playing in only 67 games.
  • Ranked 11th in the league in points.
  • Among the top 100 league scorers, was one of only nine players to average more than a point per game.
  • Ranked fourth with 1.13 points per game behind Bertuzzi, VAN 1.18 ppg (85 pts, 72 GP); Iginla,, CGY 1.17 ppg (96 pts, 82 GP); Jagr, WSH 1.14 ppg (79 pts, 69 GP).
  • Tied for 19th in the league in goals, tied for 18th in assists, ranked 15th in even-strength goals (23), tied for 13th in even-strength assists (30), tied for ninth in even-strengh points (53) and ranked 14th in shots (266).
  • Led the Penguins in goals, assists, points, shots, even-strength goals, even-strength assists, even-strength points, power play goals (8), power play assists (14), and power play points (22).
  • Tied for first in the league with three hat tricks (Naslund-VAN).
  • Posted hat tricks in back-to-back games Nov. 13 at New Jersey and Nov. 14 vs. the Islanders. Were his first two games after missing the previous 13 games (Oct. 16-Nov. 10) due to knee surgery.
  • Also notched a hat trick Jan. 5 vs. the Rangers.
  • Recorded a point in 44 of his 67 games (66.0%), and never went more than two consecutive games without recording a point.
  • Had a six-game point streak from Mar. 16-27, collecting 12 points (3+9).
  • Had a five-game streak from Mar. 4-11 (4+5=9) and Dec. 4-12 (4+4=8).
  • Recorded 24 multi-point games (16 with two points and eight with three points).
  • Had seven multi-goal games (three with three and four with two).
  • Totaled 46 points (22+24) in 36 home games, leading the team in home goals, assists and points.
  • Collected 30 points (10+20) in 31 road games, ranking first in road assists and points and tied for first in road goals.
  • Notched 29 points (16+13) in 18 games against Atlantic Division opponents, ranking first on the team in all categories.
  • Missed 15 games due to injury (13- knee surgery, 2 hip).
  • Won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • Tied for the team lead with four points (3+1), led the team in goals and plus/minus(+6).
 

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