Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexander Karpovtsev
Defenceman Alexander Karpovtsev has become one of the craftiest stay-at-home defencemen in the NHL. His ability to play the man one-on-one has made him a frustrating opponent for opposition forwards. Karpovtsev was also capable of jumping in on the rush and playing the point on the power play when required.

The Moscow native spent several years refining his skills on that city's powerful Dynamo club. Following his first full season on Dynamo in 1990, he was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques 158th overall. That year he was noticed by many scouts after excelling on the blueline for the USSR when it won the silver medal at the World Junior Championships. He remained in Moscow after being drafted and solidified the Russian blueline on the gold medal team at the 1993 World Championships.

Karpovtsev was traded by Quebec to the New York Rangers on the eve of the 1993-94 season. The steady defender played a regular shift as a rookie and was particularly proficient in the post-season when he helped the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. During the owners' lockout in 1994-95, he skated briefly with his old Moscow Dynamo club before the season resumed. He was a regular on the Rangers' blueline for three more years but tended to miss more than his share of games through injury.

Early in the 1998-99 season he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for offensive defenceman Mathieu Schneider. He struggled initially but regained his confidence after coach Pat Quinn paired him up with Dimitry Yushkevich. "Potsie" eventually solidified the Leafs' blueline picture and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup semi-finals in 1999 and finish with its first 100-point season in 2000. He was forced to miss the Leafs' final game in game six of the Eastern Conference semi-final after he experienced an accelerated heartbeat following a slash to the chest.

Kartpovtsev became embroiled in a contract dispute with the club the next fall and was traded to Chicago for Bryan McCabe. He was injured for much of the 2000-01 season but settled down the Chicago defensive brigade when he returned later in the season. Injuries plagued the Moscow native over the course of the next two seasons limiting him to only 65 games in 2001-02 and only 40 games in 2002-03. After continuous injury problems in 2003-04, Karpovtsev was dealt to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline before moving on to the Flordia Panthers in the summer of 2004.

Aside from his World Junior appearance in 1990 and his first World Championship appearance in 1993, Karpovtsev has gone on to represent his homeland at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and returned to the World Championships in 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Dynamo Moscow USSR 2 0 1 1 0
1987-88 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 0 2 2 4
1988-89 Dynamo Moscow Jr. USSR-Jr.
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow USSR 35 1 1 2 27
1989-90 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow USSR 40 0 5 5 15
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow 2 USSR-3 6 0
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow Super-S 7 0 0 0 6
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 35 4 2 6 26
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-3 3 0 1 1 4
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow CIS 36 3 11 14 100 7 2 1 3 0
1992-93 Russia WC-A 8 0 1 1 10
1993-94 Dynamo Moscow CIS 3 0 0 0 6
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 67 3 15 18 58 +12 17 0 4 4 12
1994-95 Dynamo Moscow CIS 13 0 2 2 10
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 47 4 8 12 30 -4 8 1 0 1 0
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 40 2 16 18 26 +12 6 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 77 9 29 38 59 +1 13 1 3 4 20
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 47 3 7 10 38 -1
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 2 25 27 52 +38 14 1 3 4 12
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 3 14 17 54 +9 11 0 3 3 4
2000-01 Dynamo Moscow Russia 5 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 53 2 13 15 39 -4
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 9 10 40 +10 5 1 0 1 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 4 10 14 12 -8
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 24 0 7 7 14 -17
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 1 1 4 +1
2004-05 Sibir Novosibirsk Russia 5 0 1 1 16
2004-05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 33 2 5 7 45 9 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 Russia-3 2 0 2 2 0
2004-05 Russia WC-A 8 0 1 1 2 0
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 0 0 4 -3
2005-06 Sibir Novosibirsk Russia 18 2 1 3 39 3 0 0 0 4
2006-07 Sibir Novosibirsk Russia 39 5 12 17 90 7 1 2 3 8
2007-08 Sibir Novosibirsk Russia 6 0 2 2 27
2007-08 Avangard Omsk Russia 8 1 0 1 10
NHL Totals 596 34 154 188 430 74 4 14 18 52


Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec for Mike Hurlbut, September 7, 1993. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 4th round pick (Mirko Murovic) in 1999 NHL Draft for Mathieu Schneider, October 14, 1998. Traded to Chicago by Toronto with Toronto's 4th round pick (Vladimir Gusev) in 2001 NHL Draft for Bryan McCabe, October 2, 2000. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to ankle (November 5, 2002 vs. Detroit) and cheekbone (February 20, 2003 vs. Phoenix) injuries.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to ankle injury vs. San Jose, November 26, 2003. Traded to NY Islanders by Chicago for NY Islanders' 4th round pick (Niklas Hjalmarsson) in 2005 NHL Draft, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 14, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Novosibirsk (Russia), August 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), November, 2004. Loaned to Novosibirsk (Russia) by Florida, December 8, 2005.
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