Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pavel Torgaev
Left-winger Pavel Torgayev spent eight seasons playing in his hometown of Gorky in the former Soviet Union before moving on to the Torpedo Nizhny for parts of the next three years in 1990. During the 1992-93 season Torgayev took his skills to Finland and during his second year there he caught the attention of the Calgary Flames and they drafted him in 1994. That same year he represented his country in Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games. After another year in Finland, Torgayev came to North America to pursue a career in the National Hockey League.

With the Flames in 1995-96 Torgayev played 41 games and scored six goals and 16 points. He also suited up for one playoff game with them as well. Torgayev spent the next three seasons playing in Switzerland where he provided a steady scoring touch, including leading his club in scoring in 1997-98.

In 1999-2000, Torgayev was back in North America, and eventually back in the National Hockey League. That year he played 36 games in the International Hockey League but also had a brief stop back with the Flames. Torgayev impressed the Calgary brass during training camp but only got into a handful of games with them and eventually was placed on waivers where he was claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With Tampa Torgayev played five games and chipped in two assists. When the Lightning tried to send the veteran winger to the minors he refused the assignment, which led to his suspension and the end of his time with the Lightning organization.

As an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2000 the physical winger was unable to attract any attention from another club and retired from the game.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Torpedo Gorky USSR 4 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Torpedo Gorky USSR 27 2 3 5 8
1983-84 USSR EJC-A 5 0 4 4 8
1984-85 Torpedo Gorky USSR 47 11 5 16 52
1984-85 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 2 2 4 8
1985-86 Torpedo Gorky USSR 38 1 4 5 18
1985-86 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 2 2 4 6
1986-87 Torpedo Gorky USSR 40 6 9 15 30
1987-88 Torpedo Gorky USSR 25 7 4 11 14
1988-89 Torpedo Gorky USSR 26 6 3 9 17
1989-90 Torpedo Gorky USSR 48 18 5 23 64
1990-91 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod USSR 37 10 5 15 22
1991-92 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod CIS 45 13 5 18 46
1992-93 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod CIS 5 1 0 1 4
1992-93 Kiekko-Espoo Finland 30 16 20 36 48
1993-94 TPS Turku Finland 47 19 11 30 60 3 0 1 1 14
1993-94 Russia Olympics 8 2 1 3 10
1994-95 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 50 13 18 31 44 4 0 1 1 25
1994-95 Russia WC-A 6 0 2 2 4
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 41 6 10 16 14 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Saint John Flames AHL 16 11 6 17 18
1996-97 HC Lugano Swiss 34 18 21 39 87 8 3 3 6 10
1997-98 HC Davos Swiss 38 20 27 47 85 17 6 9 15 14
1998-99 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 26 15 11 26 36
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 2 2 4 0
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 2 2 2 +1
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 36 8 9 17 47
NHL Totals 55 6 14 20 20 1 0 0 0 0


Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from Calgary, November 26, 1999.
Suspended by Tampa Bay for refusing assignment to Detroit (IHL), December 21, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Long Beach (IHL) after release by Tampa Bay, January 2, 2000.