Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexei Kasatonov
Defenseman Alexei Kasatonov was one of the top blue liners in Russia throughout the 1980's. IN 1981, when the Russians won the Canada Cup, Kasatonov was named to the tournament All-Star Team. That year he also was named a Russian All-Star a feat he would repeat in each of the next seven seasons. In that stretch he also participated in three Olympic tournaments and won two gold's and a silver, won five World Championships and 11 National Titles in the Soviet Union. Throughout this time he was paired with Russian legend Slava Fetisov and many hockey observers considered them to be the best defensive pair outside of the NHL.

When Russian players were finally allowed to play in the National Hockey League Kasatonov, by this time 30 years old, made the leap. He went to New Jersey to join the Devils, and had an immediate comfort level because Fetisov also joined the club at the same time. In 1990-91, Kasatonov posted a career-best 41 points for the Devils then followed it up the next year by scoring 12 goals, also a best, and 40 points. However when he slipped to just 17 points the following year the Devils felt that perhaps the veteran had begun to fade. That summer they left Kasatonov available in the league expansion draft and he was a no-brainer pick for the new Anaheim franchise.

In Anaheim he joined the Mighty Ducks and lent the team great leadership while chipping in 22 points in 55 games. While his first season in California drew to a close many clubs in search of an upgrade on their defense for the playoffs began to contact the Ducks. With Kasatonov's contract due to expire and the Ducks well out of the playoffs, a trade made sense. At the deadline Anaheim traded Kasatonov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Maxim Bets and a draft pick.

Kasatonov played the final eight games of the 1993-94 season with the Blues and managed two assists. Despite scoring two goals in the playoffs for St. Louis, he couldn't avoid the club's early exit in four straight games.

As a free agent that summer Kasatonov was free to chose whatever team he wanted and he elected to go to Boston. With the Bruins he teamed with Canadian defensive legend Ray Bourque but after playing the lock out year with Boston his play began to tail off. After scoring just one point in 19 games for the Bruins in 1995-96 he was assigned to the minors. Kasatonov played 16 games for Providence of the American Hockey League and chipped in nine points before deciding to return to his homeland.

The 1996-97 was spent with his former club team back in Russia, and while it was successful, it was also the final year of his illustrious playing career.

With his playing days behind him, Kasatonov remained involved with the game by working with the Russian Hockey Federation. He served as the General Manager of the 1998 Olympic team that captured the silver medal in Nagano, Japan.

Kasatonov also received the great tribute of being named an "Honoured Master of Sport" in Russia.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 SKA Leningrad USSR 7 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 3 1 4 6
1977-78 SKA Leningrad USSR 35 4 7 11 15
1977-78 SKA Leningrad USSR-Q 2 0 1 1 0
1977-78 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 1 2 3 2
1978-79 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 5 14 19 30
1978-79 Soviet Union WJC-A 6 3 4 7 6
1978-79 Soviet Union Ch-Cup
1979-80 CSKA Moscow USSR 37 5 8 13 26
1979-80 CSKA Moscow Super-S 5 0 4 4 6
1979-80 Soviet Union Olympics 7 2 5 7 8
1980-81 CSKA Moscow USSR 47 10 12 22 38
1980-81 Soviet Union WEC-A 8 1 3 4 8
1981-82 Soviet Union Can-Cup 7 1 10 11 8
1981-82 CSKA Moscow USSR 46 12 27 39 45
1981-82 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 0 3 3 6
1982-83 CSKA Moscow USSR 44 12 19 31 37
1982-83 Soviet Union Super-S 6 0 3 3 8
1982-83 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 1 10 11 14
1983-84 CSKA Moscow USSR 39 12 24 36 20
1983-84 Soviet Union Olympics 7 3 3 6 0
1984-85 Soviet Union Can-Cup 6 1 4 5 2
1984-85 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 18 18 36 26
1984-85 Soviet Union WEC-A 9 5 6 11 19
1985-86 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 6 17 23 27
1985-86 CSKA Moscow Super-S 6 1 3 4 4
1985-86 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 3 4 7 4
1986-87 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 13 17 30 16
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87 2 1 0 1 2
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 3 5 8 8
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 9 1 4 5 4
1987-88 CSKA Moscow USSR 43 8 12 20 8
1987-88 Soviet Union Olympics 7 2 6 8 0
1988-89 CSKA Moscow USSR 41 8 14 22 8
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 7 3 2 5 0
1988-89 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 2 0 2 2
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 30 6 7 13 16
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 1 0 1 0
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 39 6 15 21 16 +15 6 0 3 3 14
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 3 0 2 2 7
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 10 31 41 76 +23 7 1 3 4 10
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 3 3 6 8
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 6
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 12 28 40 70 +14 7 1 1 2 12
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 3 14 17 57 +4 4 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 55 4 18 22 43 -8
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 8 0 2 2 19 +5 4 2 0 2 2
1994-95 CSKA Moscow CIS 9 2 3 5 6
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 44 2 14 16 33 -2 5 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 19 1 0 1 12 +1
1995-96 Providence Bruins AHL 16 3 6 9 10
1996-97 HK CSKA Moscow Russia 38 3 20 23 68 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 383 38 122 160 326 33 4 7 11 40


WJC-A All-Star Team (1979)
Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1979)
USSR First All-Star Team (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Canada Cup All-Star Team (1981)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991)
Named Best Defenseman at WEC-A (1983) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1994)
Claimed by Anaheim from New Jersey in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to St. Louis by Anaheim for the rights to Maxim Bets and St.Louis' 6th round pick (later traded back to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Denis Hamel) in 1995 NHL Draft, March 21, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Boston, June 22, 1994.
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