Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexander Kerch
Alexander Kerch was a skilled left-winger with an above average scoring touch and a willingness to stand his ground when the game became physical. He played five games with the Edmonton Oilers in 1993-94 but otherwise was an experienced skater internationally and in various European leagues.

Born in Arkhangelsk, USSR, Kerch played nine years with the Dynamo Riga club. North Americans were introduced to him when he joined his team on exhibition tours of the NHL in 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91. In 1992-93 he suited up for Latvia at the "C' Pool World Championships and was drafted 60th overall by the Edmonton Oilers a few weeks later.

The young forward played five games with Edmonton in 1993-94 but spent most of his time in the AHL with the Cape Breton Oilers. Kerch excelled in the AHL with 62 points in 57 games but opted to return to Europe the next season. He returned to play for Riga and helped Lativia win the "B" Pool World Championship in 1996 which qualified them for the "A" Pool in 1997.

Kerch spent the 1996-97 season with the Landsberg team in Germany where he scored 96 points in 51 games. That spring he scored eight points while helping Latvia finish a respectable seventh out of twelve teams at the 1997 World Championships. Kerch moved to Finland in 1997-98 to plat for Tappara Tampere and helped Latvia place ninth at that year's World Championships. He next moved to Germany to play for the Rivier Lowen club and represent Latvia at the 1999 and 2000 World Championships.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Latvijas Berzs Riga USSR-3 18
1984-85 Dynamo Riga USSR 8 0 0 0 6
1985-86 Dynamo Riga USSR 23 5 2 7 16
1986-87 Dynamo Riga USSR 26 5 4 9 10
1986-87 Soviet Union WJC-A 6 6 2 8 20
1987-88 Dynamo Riga USSR 50 14 4 18 28
1988-89 Dynamo Riga USSR 39 6 7 13 41
1988-89 Dynamo Riga Super-S 7 1 1 2 4
1989-90 Dynamo Riga USSR 46 9 11 20 22
1989-90 Dynamo Riga Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Dynamo Riga USSR 46 16 17 33 46
1990-91 Dynamo Riga Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Rigas Stars CIS 27 7 9 16 20
1991-92 Rigas Stars CIS-Q 7
1992-93 Pardaugava Riga CIS 42 23 14 37 28 2 1 2 3 2
1992-93 Pardaugava Riga II Latvia 7 4 5 9 6
1992-93 Latvia WC-C 7 8 13 21 4
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -8
1993-94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 57 24 38 62 16 4 1 1 2 2
1994-95 Pardaugava Riga CIS 11 4 0 4 4
1994-95 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 2 0 1 1 4 4 2 2 4 6
1994-95 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 0 0 15 4 0 2 2 0
1995-96 Riga/Alianse Latvia 29 28 21 49 42
1995-96 Latvia WC-B 7 3 6 9 20
1996-97 EV Landsberg German-2 47 39 52 91 52 4 3 2 5
1996-97 Latvia WC-A 8 4 4 8 6
1997-98 Tappara Tampere Finland 46 14 17 31 57 4 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Latvia WC-A 6 3 1 4 2
1998-99 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 38 10 23 33 18
1998-99 Latvia WC-A 6 2 1 3 12
1999-00 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 67 17 36 53 66
1999-00 Latvia WC-A 7 1 2 3 0
2000-01 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 57 10 16 26 48 3 0 3 3 0
2000-01 Latvia WC-A 6 1 0 1 4 -1
2001-02 Berlin Capitals Germany 56 15 19 34 52 7 3 1 4 4
2001-02 Latvia Olympics 4 0 3 3 2 -3
2001-02 Latvia WC-A 6 1 0 1 2 -2
2002-03 HK Riga 2000 EEHL 8 3 4 7 8
2002-03 SKA St. Petersburg Russia 17 2 4 6 10
2002-03 Latvia WC-A 6 2 1 3 0 +3
2003-04 HK Riga 2000 EEHL 4 1 1 2 8
2003-04 Molot-Prikamje Perm Russia-2 6 0 4 4 2
2003-04 Vilki Riga Latvia 10 11 5 16 35 5 2 2 4 2
2003-04 IK Nykopings Hockey Sweden-2 5 2 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Latvia WC-A 7 1 1 2 12 +2
2004-05 HK Gomel BelOpen 4 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Vilki Riga Latvia 9 10 11 21 20
2004-05 REV Bremerhaven German-2 12 1 5 6 22 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 5 0 0 0 2


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