Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Valeri Kamensky
At the age of 19, when Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny were still only prospects for the future, Valeri Kamensky made his international debut in two games against the NHL All-Star Team at the Rendez-vous 87' tournament. The Bykov-Kamensky-Khomoutov trio scored three goals, with Kamensky getting two of them, and Gretzky and Kamensky voted the best players of the series.

Before Kamensky left Moscow for the NHL's Quebec Nordiques, the team who had drafted him back in 1988, Kamensky's agent Paul Teophanos said, They are waiting for Valery impatiently. Some say he will be one of the NHL's five superstars.

He did not make the top five, but he was not a disappointment either. He played for four years with the Nordiques in Quebec and another four years when he moved with the team from Quebec City to Denver helping the Avalanche capture the franchises first Stanley Cup in 1996. 1996 turned out to be Kamensky's best season in the NHL, finishing the season with 85 points on the strength of 38 goals and 47 assists. In the end, Kamensky made his mark on the game. Over the space of his career, he played in the Soviet Union, Canada and the U.S. And he scored crazy goals from impossible angles following improvised attacks. He did what he could given the painful adjustment that tended to follow Soviet players who were transplanted to the NHL. He did not become a goal-scoring machine, but together with Igor Larionov and Vyacheslav Kozlov, he helped an obscure provincial Voskresensk gain international acclaim as a pool for hockey talent. He made a name for himself as one of three players from Voskresensk who went on to become Stanley Cup winners.

In 1999 at the age of 33, Kamensky was still on a forward rush, being signed on by the New York Rangers. The talented winger spent two seasons on Broadway before splitting his 2001-02 season with the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.

Following the 2001-02 season Valeri Kamensky left the NHL. He returned to Russia for two seasons to play for his original club Khimik Voskresensk and retired in 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 5 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 20 2 2 4 6
1983-84 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 1 3 4 0
1984-85 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 45 9 3 12 24
1984-85 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 2 2 4 8
1985-86 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 15 9 24 8
1985-86 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 7 6 13 6
1985-86 Soviet Union WEC-A 9 2 0 2 8
1986-87 CSKA Moscow USSR 37 13 8 21 16
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87 2 2 1 3 2
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 5 3 8 6
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 9 6 1 7 6
1987-88 CSKA Moscow USSR 51 26 20 46 40
1987-88 Soviet Union Olympics 8 4 2 6 4
1988-89 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 18 10 28 30
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 7 2 4 6 4
1988-89 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 4 4 8 8
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 45 19 18 37 40
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Super-S 5 1 2 3 6
1989-90 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 7 2 9 20
1990-91 CSKA Moscow USSR 46 20 26 46 66
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Super-S 4 2 2 4 0
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 6 5 11 10
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 23 7 14 21 14 -1
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 15 22 37 14 +13 6 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 76 28 37 65 42 +12
1993-94 Russia WC-A 6 5 5 10 12
1994-95 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 12 13 6 19 2
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 40 10 20 30 22 +3 2 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 38 47 85 85 +14 22 10 12 22 28
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 68 28 38 66 38 +5 17 8 14 22 16
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 26 40 66 60 -2 7 2 3 5 18
1997-98 Russia Olympics 6 1 2 3 0
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 65 14 30 44 28 +1 10 4 5 9 4
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 58 13 19 32 24 -13
1999-00 Russia WC-A 6 0 0 0 10 +1
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 65 14 20 34 36 -18
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 24 3 6 9 2 +3
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 30 4 8 12 18 -2 2 0 0 0 0
2002-03
2003-04 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 23 5 9 14 53
2004-05 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 57 17 19 36 59
NHL Totals 637 200 301 501 383 66 25 35 60 72


USSR First All-Star Team (1990, 1991)
USSR Player of the Year (1991)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1991)
Named Best Forward at WEC-A (1991) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1998)
Missed majority of 1992-93 due to ankle injury vs. Tampa Bay, October 27, 1992. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 7, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 5, 2001. Traded to New Jersey by Dallas for Andre Lakos and future considerations, January 16, 2002.
Officially announced retirement August 10, 2002.