Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vitali Prokhorov
Vitali Prokhorov drew the attention of NHL scouts in his play at the 1991 Canada Cup and 1992 Winter Olympics. It was the St. Louis Blues that selected Prokhorov 64 thin the 1992 Entry Draft. Along with teammate Igor Korolev, Prokhorov was to make up a " Moscow Express Line" with Vitali Karamnov completing the trio. Despite the good intention of coach Bob Plager, the line did not gel and the players were scattered. On opening night Prokhorov was assigned left wing on a line with Ron Wilson and a double-shifted Brett Hull.

It wasn't until October 31, 1992, that "Little V" notched his first point, and he did it in a spectacular way. The Blues had replaced coach Bob Plager with Bob Berry for the contest against the Philadelphia Flyers and the players were eager to show the new boss their value to the team. It was almost four minutes into the second period the Blues when Vitali Prokhorov got to work. A big check by Kevin Miehm on Gord Hynes resulted in Brett Hull and Prokhorov taking off on a two-on-one against Garry Galley. Hull's pass slipped through Galley' s leg onto Prokhorov's awaiting stick. " Little V" just had to slam the puck past Domenic Roussel for his first NHL goal. At 8:40 he scored his second of the game by flipping a wrist shot over a sprawled Roussel. He completed the hat trick with a minute to go in the third period on a Craig Janney pass.

Unfortunately, a shoulder injury against Edmonton limited his output to a goal and an assist over the following two months. The Blues lost Prokhorov for the season when New York Ranger Steven King rammed him into the boards in December. A broken toe at the beginning of the following season got Prokhorov off to a slow start and a trip to Peoria, the farm team.

He did manage to play 55 games for the Blues that season, scoring 15 goals. It was the arrival of Mike Keenan as coach in 1994-95 that cut Prokhorov's NHL stay short. " Iron Mike" played Prokhorov in only two games during the shortened 1995 campaign and gave him his outright release at its conclusion. Vitali Prokhorov returned to Europe and has enjoyed a successful career there.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Spartak Moscow USSR 5 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Spartak Moscow USSR 31 1 1 2 10
1985-86 Spartak Moscow USSR 29 3 9 12 4
1986-87 Spartak Moscow USSR 27 1 6 7 2
1987-88 Spartak Moscow USSR 19 5 0 5 4
1987-88 Kristall Elektrostal USSR-2 16 3 3 6 4
1988-89 Spartak Moscow USSR 37 11 5 16 10
1988-89 Traktor Lipetsk USSR-3 2 1
1989-90 Spartak Moscow USSR 43 13 8 21 35
1989-90 Spartak Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Spartak Moscow USSR 43 21 10 31 29
1990-91 Spartak Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 1 2 3 4
1991-92 Spartak Moscow CIS 38 13 19 32 68
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 2 4 6 6
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 0 3 3 4
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 4 1 5 15 -4
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 15 10 25 20 -6 4 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 19 13 10 23 16
1994-95 Spartak Moscow CIS 8 1 4 5 8
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 20 6 3 9 6 9 4 7 11 6
1995-96 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 37 9 11 20 63 8 2 0 2 31
1996-97 Standart Mendeleyevo Russia-4 11 12
1997-98 Spartak Moscow Russia 46 21 14 35 90
1997-98 Russia WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1998-99 CSKA Moscow Russia 12 5 5 10 22
1998-99 HC Davos Swiss 3 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 16 2 4 6 8 12 2 1 3 29
1999-00 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 20 8 11 19 8 12 5 4 9 2
2000-01 Lada Togliatti Russia 14 2 4 6 8
2000-01 Vityaz Podolsk Russia 25 5 8 13 54
2001-02 Khimik Voskresensk Russia-2 32 10 8 18 30
NHL Totals 83 19 11 30 35 4 0 0 0 0


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