Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexander Semak
Alexander Semak began his hockey career in 1982 with the Ufa Salavat of the USSR. He played there for four seasons while also representing his country in the World Junior Championships winning gold in 1984, a bronze the next year, and gold once again in '86.

Semak spent the next five and a half seasons playing for the Moscow Dynamo and once again represented his country in countless tournaments such as Rendezvous '87, World and European Championships, the Canada Cup, and NHL-Soviet Super Series, collecting several medals and championships along the way.

After being selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1988 Entry Draft, he made it to North America for the 1991-92 season where he played in 25 games. In his first full season with the team, 1992-93, Semak enjoyed a career year scoring 37 goals, 42 assists and collecting 79 points. He spent the next season and a half as a Devils before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1995. Before the beginning of the next season, Semak was traded once again, this time to the New York Islanders, where he spent just one season.

The Vancouver Canucks claimed Semak in the Waiver Draft of 1996 but spent only 18 games with them before joining the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL for 23 games and then finishing the season with the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder. He joined the Chicago Wolves of the IHL for the 1997-98 season where he found his scoring touch once again, collecting 61 points in 67 games while winning the "Bud" Poile trophy as the playoff MVP with 27 points in only 22 playoff games.

The 1998-99 season saw Semak play with the AHL's Albany River Rats before leaving North American hockey to play in Germany for his last season as a player.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Avangard Ufa USSR-3 4
1982-83 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR 13 2 1 3 4
1982-83 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR-Q 3
1982-83 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 3 3 6 8
1983-84 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR-2 21
1983-84 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 0 4 4 2
1983-84 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 9 8 17 10
1984-85 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR-2 47 19 17 36 64
1984-85 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 7 4 11 12
1985-86 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR 22 9 7 16 22
1985-86 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR-Q 16
1985-86 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 3 6 9 4
1986-87 Dynamo Moscow USSR 40 20 8 28 32
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87 2 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 1 0 1 4
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 7 3 0 3 10
1987-88 Dynamo Moscow USSR 47 21 14 35 40
1988-89 Dynamo Moscow USSR 44 18 10 28 22
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow USSR 43 23 11 34 33
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow Fr-Tour 1 2 0 2 0
1989-90 Dynamo Moscow Super-S 5 1 2 3 2
1989-90 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 2 2 4 6
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow USSR 46 17 21 38 48
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow Fr-Tour 1 1 0 1 2
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow Super-S 7 3 4 7 2
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 5 5 10 8
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 2 1 3 7
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 26 10 13 23 26
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-3 2 2 1 3 2
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 25 5 6 11 0 +5 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 7 3 2 5 0
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 37 42 79 70 +24 5 1 1 2 0
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 54 12 17 29 22 +6 2 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Salavat Yulayev Ufa CIS 9 9 6 15 4
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 2 6 8 13 -4
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 5 5 10 12 -3
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 69 20 14 34 68 -4
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 2 1 3 2 -2
1996-97 Syracuse Crunch AHL 23 10 14 24 12
1996-97 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 13 11 13 24 10 3 0 4 4 4
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 67 26 35 61 90 -4 22 10 17 27 35
1998-99 Albany River Rats AHL 70 20 42 62 62 +15 5 0 2 2 4
1999-00 EHC Freiburg German-2 42 27 47 74 84 9 9 10 19
2000-01 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 43 17 21 38 148
2001-02 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 48 16 19 35 98
2002-03 Dynamo Moscow Russia 48 10 13 23 42 5 0 0 0 6
2003-04 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 28 5 5 10 48
2003-04 Severstal Cherepovets 2 Russia-3 1 0 0 0 2
2004-05 HK MVD Tver Russia-2 25 1 9 10 30
NHL Totals 289 83 91 174 187 8 1 1 2 0


Best Forward at EJC-A (1984)
USSR First All-Star Team (1991)
Norman R. ``Bud'' Poile Trophy (Playoff MVP - IHL) (1998)
Traded to Tampa Bay by New Jersey with Ben Hankinson for Shawn Chambers and Danton Cole, March 14, 1995. Traded to NY Islanders by Tampa Bay for NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Karel Betik) in 1997 Entry Draft, September 14, 1995. Claimed by Vancouver from NY Islanders in NHL Waiver Draft, September 30, 1996.