Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nikolai Borschevsky
Diminutive Nikolai Borschevsky, who was given the nickname "Stick" due to his skinny frame, was a mainstay with Moscow Dynamo for over six years after having come up through the junior ranks of the organization. He then played several years with Moscow Krylja Sovetov and was a member of the 1992 Team United club that won gold at the 1992 Winter Olympics where he netted seven goals in eight games.

NHL scouts took notice of Borschevsky, and realized he had the talent to play in the NHL. The only question was whether or not he could withstand the rigors of a long NHL season. The Toronto Maple Leafs selected him in the fourth round, 77th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Leafs that fall and in 78 games responded with 34 goals and 74 points. He was with the Leafs for 45 games the following year, missing much of the season due to injuries. It seemed the banging and crashing style of the NHL was not particularly to Borschevsky's liking, being a small player of no more than 175 pounds, and even most doubted he was that big.

In April, 1995 he was traded to the Calgary Flames but lasted just eight games. In September of that year he signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Stars where he dressed for 12 games before ending his NHL career. From there he moved to Germany and played out the year in Kolner before returning to Russia where he played the final two years of his career with Moscow Spartak.

The highlight of Borschevsky's NHL career came during the 1993 playoffs when he scored the overtime winning goal for the Maple Leafs that ousted the heavily-favoured Detroit Red Wings from the playoffs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Dynamo Minsk USSR-2 1 0 1
1981-82 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 3 1 4 8
1982-83 Dynamo Minsk USSR-2 6
1982-83 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 6 5 11 8
1983-84 Dynamo Moscow USSR 34 4 5 9 4
1983-84 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 6 7 13 4
1984-85 Dynamo Moscow USSR 34 5 9 14 6
1985-86 Dynamo Moscow USSR 31 6 4 10 4
1985-86 Dynamo Moscow Super-S 4 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Dynamo Moscow USSR 28 1 4 5 8
1987-88 Dynamo Moscow USSR 37 11 7 18 6
1988-89 Dynamo Moscow USSR 43 7 8 15 18
1989-90 Spartak Moscow USSR 48 17 25 42 8
1989-90 Spartak Moscow Fr-Tour 1 1 1 2 0
1990-91 Spartak Moscow USSR 45 19 16 35 16
1990-91 Spartak Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 2 2 0
1991-92 Spartak Moscow CIS 40 25 14 39 16
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 7 2 9 0
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 1 3 4 2
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 34 40 74 28 +33 16 2 7 9 0
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 14 20 34 10 +6 15 2 2 4 4
1994-95 Spartak Moscow CIS 9 5 1 6 14
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 0 5 5 0 +3
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 8 0 5 5 0 +7
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 12 1 3 4 6 -7
1995-96 Kolner Haie Germany 8 0 4 4 27 8 2 2 4 4
1996-97 Spartak Moscow Russia 42 15 29 44 52
1997-98 Spartak Moscow Russia 46 10 17 27 30
NHL Totals 162 49 73 122 44 31 4 9 13 4


EJC-A All-Star Team (1983)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1984)
Izvestia Trophy (Russian Top Scorer) (1997)
Traded to Calgary by Toronto for Calgary's 6th round choice (Chris Bogas) in 1996 Entry Draft, April 6, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, September 13, 1995.