Alexei Kolkunov

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Alexei Kolkunov
Born (1977-02-03) 3 February 1977 (age 38)
Belgorod, Russia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Chekhov Vityaz
CSKA Moscow
Kazan Ak-Bars
Krylja Sovetov
Moscow Spartak
Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo
Syracuse Crunch
Voskresensk Khimik
Wheeling Nailers
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
NHL Draft 154th overall, 1995
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1998–2011

Alexei Kolkunov (born 3 February 1977) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey forward.

Career[edit]

Kolkunov played one season with Krylja Sovetov of the Russian Superleague before being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins 154th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He would remain in Russia until the completion of the 1997-98 RSL season. On 13 July 1998, the Penguins signed Kolkunov to a three-year contract.[1] Several months later, he attended camp with the Penguins but was later assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, who were the Penguins' AHL affiliate at the time. Kolkunov would remain in North America until the start of the 2000-01 ECHL season, where he chose to go home after eight games instead of continuing to play with the Wheeling Nailers.[2] Kolkunov would finish the season with Ak Bars Kazan of the RSL.

Kolkunov has remained in Russia, playing in the KHL, the second-tier VHL, and the third-tier RHL from 2000 until 2010 before signing a one-year contract with HC Ertis-Pavlodar of the Kazakhstan Vyschaya Liga.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ AP (13 July 1998). "Penguins Sign Russian Kolkunov". AP.org. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Chuck Finder (9 January 2001). "In Wheeling, another Lemieux chases a hockey dream, too". post-gazette.com. Retrieved 22 July 2012.