Alexander Korolyuk

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Alexander Korolyuk
Born (1976-01-15) January 15, 1976 (age 38)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Vityaz Podolsk
San Jose Sharks
Krylya Sovetov
Ak Bars Kazan
Khimik Voskresensk
Atlant Mytishchi
SKA St. Petersburg
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 141st overall, 1994
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1993–present

Alexander Ivanovich Korolyuk (Russian: Александр Иванович Королюк, born January 15, 1976) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for Vityaz Podolsk in the Kontinental Hockey League.

He was drafted in the sixth round, 141st overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Initially developed with the Krylya Sovetov club, Korolyuk was drafted 141st overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1994.

Three years later, he jumped to the NHL, making the opening night roster for the Sharks. However, he spent the majority of that season playing in the American Hockey League. Differences with then-head coach Darryl Sutter caused Korolyuk to be a contract hold-out at the start of the 2000–01 NHL season. He would eventually play 70 games for the Sharks that season. Korolyuk only played 32 games the next season and left the team after continued problems with Sutter. He played all of 2002–03 with Ak Bars Kazan.

While playing in Russia, Sutter was fired, paving the way for his return to the Sharks in 2003–04. Playing primarily on the second line with Alyn McCauley and Nils Ekman, Korolyuk posted a career-high 37 points.

That would be his final season in the NHL, however, as Korolyuk returned to Russia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. On 1 October 2006, his rights were traded to the New Jersey Devils, along with Jim Fahey, for Vladimir Malakhov and a first-round draft pick. Later that season, Korolyuk became interested in an NHL return and requested to Devils management that his rights be traded back to the Sharks. His request was granted and the Sharks re-acquired him 16 February 2007 for a third-round draft pick, only to have the trade voided six days later when Korolyuk did not report for his physical in the alloted time period.

Korolyuk continued his playing career in the Kontinental Hockey League, playing for Atlant Mytishchi, SKA St. Petersburg, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Vityaz Podolsk.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Krylya Sovetov RSL 22 4 4 8 20
1994–95 Krylya Sovetov RSL 52 16 13 29 62
1994–95 Soviet Wings IHL 7 2 2 4 12
1995–96 Krylya Sovetov RSL 50 30 19 49 77
1996–97 Manitoba Moose IHL 42 20 16 36 71
1996–97 Krylya Sovetov RSL 17 8 5 13 46
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 19 2 3 5 6
1997–98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 44 16 23 39 96 3 0 0 0 0
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 55 12 18 30 26 6 1 3 4 2
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 23 9 13 22 16
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 14 21 35 35 9 0 3 3 6
2000–01 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 6 0 5 5 4
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 70 12 13 25 41 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 32 3 7 10 14
2002–03 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 46 14 17 31 46 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 63 19 18 37 18 17 5 2 7 10
2004–05 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 10 4 3 7 12
2005–06 Vityaz Chekhov RSL 45 19 19 38 80
2006–07 Vityaz Chekhov RSL 47 17 28 45 76 3 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Vityaz Chekhov RSL 50 16 36 52 52
2008–09 Atlant Mytishchi KHL 56 21 32 53 32 7 2 3 5 8
2009–10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 54 8 21 29 38 4 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 48 14 26 40 30 18 3 9 12 32
2011–12 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 50 8 26 34 26
2012–13 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 41 15 14 29 51
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 5 0 1 1 0 7 2 2 4 8
2013–14 Vityaz Podolsk KHL 30 7 12 19 33
NHL totals 296 62 80 142 140 34 6 8 14 18
KHL totals 284 73 132 205 210 36 8 14 22 50
RSL totals 345 128 149 277 483 14 2 2 4 16

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Russia WJC 2 7 8 2 10 47
1996 Russia WJC 3 7 5 2 7 4
Junior int'l totals 14 13 4 17 51
1997 Russia WC 4th 6 2 3 5 6
2001 Russia WC 5th 7 1 1 2 6
2006 Russia Oly 4th 6 1 1 2 6
Senior int'l totals 19 4 5 9 18

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