Alek Stojanov

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Alek Stojanov
Born (1973-04-25) April 25, 1973 (age 41)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1991
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1992–2002

Alexander Stojanov (born April 25, 1973 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who spent three seasons in the National Hockey League. He is best known for his trade from Vancouver to Pittsburgh in exchange for Markus Näslund, in what is recognized as one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the NHL. Selected seventh overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, he is now widely regarded as a draft bust. He is of Macedonian descent.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Stojanov was a first round selection of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, chosen one selection after future superstar Peter Forsberg was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers. The 6'4" Stojanov had crafted a fearsome reputation in junior hockey, and impressed scouts by pummeling the much-hyped Eric Lindros in a fight during their draft year. He also possessed a soft pair of hands and a nice scoring touch around the net, scoring 25 goals for the Hamilton Dukes, and earned comparisons to Bob Probert, considered the NHL's top enforcer at the time.

Stojanov's Duke team then relocated to Guelph and became the Storm where he had an injury-plagued 1991–92 campaign. Stojanov's club went 4–51–11 in what amounted to an expansion team, however, the first rounder only played in 33 of 66 games that season.

In 1992–93, Stojanov was traded mid-way through the season to the Newmarket Royals for RW Ryan Vanden Bussche, Mike Prokopec and a draft choice. Stojanov collected 55 points in 35 games as the rebuilding Storm moved the then 19-year old for youth. He played parts of the 1992–93 season in Guelph with 16-year old rookie, Jeff O'Neill and sophomore Todd Bertuzzi.

At the conclusion of the season, he turned pro and joined the Hamilton Canucks, Vancouver's American Hockey League affiliate, and impressed by scoring 4 goals in his first 4 games. However, a shoulder injury would require major surgical reconstruction and he missed almost the entire 1993–94 campaign as a result, and never again showed the offensive touch he had earlier in his career.

In 1994–95, Stojanov recorded 18 goals and 270 penalty minutes for the Syracuse Crunch, and earned himself a four-game callup to the NHL. He was also kept on Vancouver's roster for the NHL playoffs, and appeared in the first 5 playoff games of his career.

For the 1995–96 campaign, Stojanov cracked the Canucks' roster full-time as the team's enforcer, appearing in 58 games and recording a single assist. His highlight as a Canuck was probably an epic fight with Kelly Chase of the Hartford Whalers. However, at the trade deadline, Stojanov was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Markus Näslund. He scored his first NHL goal in his Penguin debut, and finished the year with a goal and two points in 68 games between Vancouver and Pittsburgh, along with 130 penalty minutes.

In 1996–97, Stojanov spent the entire year in Pittsburgh, but appeared in only 35 games, recording 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points along with 79 penalty minutes. By the 1997–98 season, he found himself back in the AHL, assigned to the Penguins' farm team in Syracuse, and would never play in the NHL again.

Released by Pittsburgh in 1998, Stojanov toiled for two more years in the International Hockey League and then for two years with the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League before retiring in 2002. He finished his NHL career with totals of 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in 107 NHL games, along with 222 penalty minutes.

While Stojanov was considered a major disappointment for a 7th overall pick during his time in Vancouver, he is now best known as the player dealt for Markus Näslund. Näslund would go on to captain the Canucks, and become the club's all-time leading scorer, remaining with the team more than a decade after the trade.

Career statistics[edit]

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1989-90  Hamilton Dukes              OHL    37    4    4    8   91  --  --  --  --  --
1990-91  Hamilton Dukes              OHL    62   25   20   45  179   4   1   1  17  14
1991-92  Guelph Storm                OHL    33   12   15   27   91  --  --  --  --  --
1992-93  Hamilton Canucks            AHL     4    4    0    4    0  --  --  --  --  --
1992-93  Guelph Storm                OHL    35   27   28   55   11  --  --  --  --  --
1992-93  Newmarket Royals            OHL    14    9    7   16   21   7   1   3   4  26
1993-94  Hamilton Canucks            AHL     4    0    1    1    5  --  --  --  --  --
1994-95  Vancouver Canucks           NHL     4    0    0    0   13   5   0   0   0   2
1994-95  Syracuse Crunch             AHL    73   18   12   30  270  --  --  --  --  --
1995-96  Vancouver Canucks           NHL    58    0    1    1  123  --  --  --  --  --
1995-96  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    10    1    0    1    7   9   0   0   0  19
1996-97  Pittsburgh Penguins         NHL    35    1    4    5   79  --  --  --  --  --
1997-98  Syracuse Crunch             AHL    41    5    4    9  215   3   1   0   1   4
1998-99  Milwaukee Admirals          IHL    13    0    1    1   58  --  --  --  --  --
1998-99  Detroit Vipers              IHL    27    1    3    4   91  --  --  --  --  --
1998-99  Hamilton Bulldogs           AHL    12    0    1    1   35  --  --  --  --  --
1999-00  Detroit Vipers              IHL    43    4   10   14  135  --  --  --  --  --
2000-01  New Mexico Scorpions        WPHL   36   10   16   26  131  --  --  --  --  --
2001-02  New Mexico Scorpions        CHL    28   10    6   16   98  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                        107    2    5    7  222  14   0   0   0  21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Macedonian heritage alive through Stamkos and NHL brass". The King Sentinel Newspaper. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 

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Preceded by
Shawn Antoski
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
1991
Succeeded by
Libor Polasek