Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexander Godynyuk
Defenceman Alexander Godynyuk was a utility player in parts of seven seasons in the 90s. He showed flashes of becoming an impact player but was unable to master the defensive zone coverage on a consistent basis.

Godynyuk was chosen 115th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1990 after a fine career with the Sokol club in his home town of Kiev, Ukraine. He was also a member of the USSR entry that struck gold at the 1989 World Junior Championships and won the silver medal the next year. He also made an impression on North American scouts by playing strongly when Sokol Kiev toured the NHL twice.

Part way through the 1990-91 season Godynyuk joined the weak Toronto Maple Leafs. He demonstrated enthusiasm and a willingness to play abrasively when necessary. The next year he was inconsistent for the Leafs and was included in the ten player deal with the Calgary Flames that featured Doug Gilmour and Gary Leeman. The young rearguard was a part time player in Calgary then joined the Florida Panthers briefly after he was claimed in the 1993 Expansion Draft. In December, 1993 he was sent to the Hartford Whalers for hard-nosed forward Jim McKenzie.

Godynyuk spent parts of four seasons with his new club but also spent a lot of time in the AHL and IHL. After playing 50 games for the Chicago Wolves of the "I" in 1997-98, he signed with SC Bern of the Swiss League. He represented Ukraine in the 1999 World Championships then reached a deal with Eisbaren Berlin.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Sokol Kiev USSR 9 0 1 1 2
1986-87 USSR EJC-A 7 0 3 3 6
1987-88 Sokol Kiev USSR 2 0 0 0 2
1987-88 USSR EJC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1988-89 Sokol Kiev USSR 30 3 3 6 12
1988-89 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 0 1 1 2
1989-90 Sokol Kiev Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Sokol Kiev USSR 37 3 2 5 31
1989-90 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 3 2 5 4
1990-91 Sokol Kiev Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Sokol Kiev USSR 19 3 1 4 20
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 0 3 3 16 -3
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 11 0 1 1 29
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 3 6 9 59 -12
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 6 0 1 1 4 -2
1991-92 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 17 2 1 3 24
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 27 3 4 7 19 +6
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 26 0 10 10 35 +5
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 43 3 9 12 40 +8
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 14 0 0 0 8 +1
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -1
1995-96 Springfield Falcons AHL 14 1 3 4 19
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 7 0 3 3 12
1995-96 Minnesota Moose IHL 45 9 17 26 81
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 1 6 7 41 -10
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 50 5 11 16 85 -7 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 SC Bern Swiss 43 9 16 25 20 5 1 0 1 2
1998-99 Ukraine WC-Q 3 1 0 1 0
1998-99 Ukraine WC-A 3 0 0 0 0
1999-00 EHC Eisbaren Berlin Germany 48 6 19 25 42
2000-01 EHC Eisbaren Berlin Germany 36 5 6 11 12
NHL Totals 223 10 39 49 224


Named Best Defenseman at EJC-A (1987)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1990)
Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1990)
Traded to Calgary by Toronto with Craig Berube, Gary Leeman, Michel Petit and Jeff Reese for Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Ric Nattress, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville, January 2, 1992. Claimed by Florida from Calgary in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to Hartford by Florida for Jim McKenzie, December 16, 1993. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to St. Louis by Carolina with Carolina's 6th round pick (Brad Voth) in 1998 NHL Draft for Stephen Leach, June 27, 1997.
Officially announced retirement, October 10, 2001.
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