Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexei Gusarov
Since making his NHL debut in 1990-91, defenceman Alexei Gusarov has been a fine positional player with an ability to make useful passes on offense. A veteran of several years in the Soviet League, he adapted quickly to the rigours of the NHL season and accepted a variety of roles to keep himself in the line up.

Born in Leningrad, Gusarov played with the local SKA club before joining the powerful Central Red Army of Moscow. He was a top player on the club for seven years and helped the USSR win the gold medal at the Calgary Olympics in 1988. The talented blueliner was selected 213th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1988 and looked solid in 36 games as a rookie in 1990-91.

The steady rearguard provided stability on the Nords' blueline and was part of the club's resurgence from the league's doormat to a first place finish in the Lockout-shortened regular season in 1995. The next year Gusarov remained with the franchise when it relocated to Colorado. During the 1996 post-season he provided savvy and nine assists while helping the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup. He took a regular shift on the powerful club until the early stages of the 2000-01 season.

The veteran blueliner was traded to the New York Rangers in December 2000 but the team disappointed and was out of the playoff race by the March deadline. Gusarov was picked up by the St. Louis Blues as they prepared to make a statement in the Western Conference playoffs. He was a useful player in 16 games as a the Blues reached the semifinals before bowing out to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.

After competing in 607 games, Gusarov retired from the league following the 2000-01 season. He retired as one of the few members of the Triple Gold Club, having won the 1989 IIHF World Championship, the 1996 Stanley Cup, and the Olympic gold medal in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 VIFK Leningrad USSR-3 2 0 0 0 0
1981-82 VIFK Leningrad USSR-3 20 0 0 0 8
1981-82 SKA Leningrad USSR 20 1 2 3 16
1981-82 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 1 1 2 6
1982-83 SKA Leningrad USSR 42 2 1 3 32
1982-83 SKA Leningrad USSR-Q 14 1 1 2 14
1983-84 SKA Leningrad USSR 43 2 3 5 32
1983-84 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 4 5 9 8
1984-85 Soviet Union Can-Cup 2 0 0 0 4
1984-85 CSKA Moscow USSR 36 3 2 5 26
1984-85 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 2 1 3 6
1985-86 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 3 5 8 30
1985-86 CSKA Moscow Super-S 6 1 3 4 4
1985-86 Soviet Union WEC-A 9 1 2 3 8
1986-87 CSKA Moscow USSR 38 4 7 11 24
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87 2 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 1 2 3 8
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 6 1 1 2 6
1987-88 CSKA Moscow USSR 39 3 2 5 28
1987-88 Soviet Union Olympics 8 1 3 4 6
1988-89 CSKA Moscow USSR 42 5 4 9 37
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 7 1 3 4 0
1988-89 Soviet Union WEC-A 9 2 1 3 2
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 42 4 7 11 42
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 2
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Super-S 2 1 1 2 15
1989-90 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 1 3 4 6
1990-91 CSKA Moscow USSR 15 0 0 0 12
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 36 3 9 12 12 -4
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 2 0 3 3 2
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 1 4 5 2
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 0 2 2 0
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 5 18 23 22 -9
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 79 8 22 30 57 +18 5 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 76 5 20 25 38 +3
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 14 1 2 3 6 -1
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 65 5 15 20 56 +29 21 0 9 9 12
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 2 12 14 28 +4 17 0 3 3 14
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 4 10 14 42 +9 7 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Russia Olympics 6 0 1 1 8
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 54 3 10 13 24 +12 5 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 34 2 2 4 10 -8
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 0 1 1 6 +2
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 26 1 3 4 6 -2
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 0 4 4 6 -3 13 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 607 39 128 167 313 68 0 14 14 38


EJC-A All-Star Team (1982)
Named Best Defenseman at EJC-A (1982)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1984)
Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1984)
Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to leg injury vs. Dallas, February 27, 2000. Traded to NY Rangers by Colorado for NY Rangers' 5th round choice (Frantisek Skladany) in 2001 Entry Draft, December 28, 2000. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers for Peter Smrek, March 5, 2001.