Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Igor Korolev
Center Igor Korolev had four seasons with Moscow Dynamo to his credit before the St. Louis Blues made him their first selection in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Korolev began the 1992-93 with Dynamo again but after just five games he decided to cross the ocean to give the NHL a shot.

Korolev played 74 games for St. Louis but his adjustment to the smaller ice surface and tougher style of play was slow with Korolev only able to score four goals and 27 points. During his second year with the club, things did not improve as his point total dipped and when the Blues brought in centers Petr Nedved and Peter Statsny late in the campaign.

The Blues left Korolev exposed in the 1994 Waiver Draft and the Winnipeg Jets, who were urged to select Korolev by their star center Alexei Zhamnov, decided to pluck him. Zhamnov and Korolev had spent four seasons together with Moscow Dynamo and the Winnipeg brass decided to try them together in the NHL. Korolev showed signs of improvement by scoring 30 points in 45 games during the lock out shortened season. However, the following year he broke out by scoring 22 goals and 51 points 73 games, good for career-highs in both offensive categories. He was unable to build on this success, however, because his season was cut short by a contract squabble, then things never really got on track on the ice as Zhamnov had been traded away to the Chicago Blackhawks. When he scored just 10 points in 41 games, the team decided to cut him loose in the summer.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who were being run by former Jets General Manager Mike Smith, offered Korolev a free agent contract in the summer of 1997 and he rebounded with his new club. Korolev played a solid two-way game for the Leafs while serving as their second line center and was able to score 17 goals and 39 points, good for fourth on the team. The next two seasons he upped his totals with 47 and 46 points, which included his second 20-goal campaign. In 2000-01, his totals dropped to 29 and the Leaf brass decided to let him explore free agency in the summer of 2001.

Mike Smith had now moved on to the Chicago Blackhawks, and he decided to reunite Korolev with Zhamnov once again by signing him and bringing him to the Windy City. Korolev never actually played on a line with Zhamnov, but he did bolster the 'Hawks forward depth though his point production was disappointing and would split his next three seasons between Chicago and the team's AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

On the international stage, Korolev represented his homeland at the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1992 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 3 2 5 2
1988-89 Dynamo Moscow USSR 1 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow USSR 17 3 2 5 2
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow USSR 38 12 4 16 12
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow 2 USSR-3 3 2
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 2 2 0
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow Super-S 7 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 39 15 12 27 16
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-3 4 6 4 10 0
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 2 1 3 2
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow CIS 5 1 2 3 4
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 4 23 27 20 -1 3 0 0 0 0
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 6 10 16 40 -12 2 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Dynamo Moscow CIS 13 4 6 10 18
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 8 22 30 10 +1
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 73 22 29 51 42 +1 6 0 3 3 0
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 41 3 7 10 28 -5 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 4 2 2 4 0
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 4 2 6 8 4
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 17 22 39 22 -18
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 13 34 47 46 +11 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 20 26 46 22 +12 12 0 4 4 6
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 10 19 29 28 +3 11 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 9 20 29 20 -5 5 0 1 1 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 4 5 9 30 -1
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 14 4 3 7 0 0 9 2 4 6 4
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 62 3 10 13 22 -15
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 10 1 4 5 4 -1
2004-05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 60 8 20 28 28 9 1 6 7 2
2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 51 7 14 21 26 11 0 1 1 4
2006-07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 54 2 14 16 28 15 4 3 7 8
2007-08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 57 6 20 26 58 13 5 5 10 10
2008-09 Atlant Moscow Region KHL 56 7 15 22 46 7 0 1 1 10
2009-10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 48 5 16 21 28 15 0 3 3 4
NHL Totals 795 119 227 346 330 41 0 8 8 6


Claimed by Winnipeg from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, January 18, 1995. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 29, 1997. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Philadelphia's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Toronto selected Nicolas Corbeil) in 2001 NHL Draft, June 23, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), July 13, 2004.
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