Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Victor Ignatjev
A hulking defenceman at 6'4" and 215 lbs., Victor Ignatjev was one of many talented long-term "projects" drafted out of the Soviet Union as it disintegrated in the early 1990s. Like most backliners trained in the USSR, his puck handling skills were good and he was capable of rushing up ice on the attack. The concern was whether or not Ignatjev's positional and physical play in his own zone would stand up to the rigours of the North American style of play.

Born in the Latvian region of the USSR, Ignatjev suited up for Dynamo Riga for three seasons and caught the eye of a few NHL scouts. The San Jose Sharks used a late-round pick to claim him in 1992 and immediately slated him for seasoning in the minors. After two somewhat tentative seasons with the club's IHL affiliate in Kansas City, Ignatjev enjoyed a fine year in 1994-95 with a combined 59 points in the CHL and the "I".

After three more years in the minors, where he contributed offense and showed a willingness to mix it up with opposing forwards, Ignatjev was signed by Pittsburgh, a team high in European content. He played 11 games in 1998-99 before a serious shoulder injury wiped out his year.

On the international stage, Ignatev has represented his homeland at five World Championships (2000-2002, 2004-2005) and the 2002 Winter Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 ShVSM Riga USSR-3 1 0 0 0 0
1987-88 ShVSM Riga USSR-3 17 0 2 2 10
1988-89 ShVSM-Energo Riga USSR-3
1989-90 Dynamo Riga USSR 40 0 0 0 26
1990-91 RShVSM-Energo Riga USSR-3 38 3
1990-91 Dynamo Riga USSR 10 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Rigas Stars CIS 22 4 5 9 22
1991-92 Rigas Stars CIS-Q 1
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 64 5 16 21 68 4 1 2 3 24
1993-94 Kansas City Blades IHL 67 1 24 25 123
1994-95 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 47 11 35 46 66
1994-95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 23 2 11 13 4 17 3 8 11 8
1995-96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 73 9 29 38 67 21 3 8 11 22
1996-97 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 82 16 53 69 112 16 3 4 7 26
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 71 12 33 45 102 17 3 11 14 16
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 0 1 1 6 -3 1 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 60 3 15 18 56
1999-00 Latvia WC-A 7 0 0 0 18 -2
2000-01 Leksands IF Sweden 39 0 1 1 32
2000-01 Leksands IF Sweden-Q 8 0 1 1 10
2000-01 Latvia Oly-Q 3 3 1 4 0 +1
2000-01 Latvia WC-A 6 0 1 1 2 +1
2001-02 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 25 0 3 3 34 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Latvia Olympics 4 0 0 0 4 +5
2001-02 Latvia WC-A 6 0 0 0 4 -2
2002-03 Molot-Prikamje Perm Russia 6 0 0 0 8
2002-03 Spartak Moscow Russia 30 1 5 6 52
2003-04 Spartak Moscow Russia-2 56 5 21 26 56 12 0 5 5 14
2003-04 Latvia WC-A 6 1 0 1 4 -1
2004-05 EHC Linz Austria 39 8 11 19 24
2004-05 Latvia Oly-Q 3 0 0 0 6 -1
2004-05 Latvia WC-A 6 0 2 2 10 -1
NHL Totals 11 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 2


IHL Second All-Star Team (1997) Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 11, 1998.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to shoulder surgery, November, 1998.
Played w/ RHI's Sacramento River Rats in 1996 (21-15-23-38-27).
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