Valeri Karpov

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Valeri Karpov
Born (1971-08-05)5 August 1971
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Died 10 October 2014(2014-10-10) (aged 43)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Right winger
Shot Left
Played for Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Traktor Chelyabinsk
HC CSKA Moscow
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
HC Lada Togliatti
HC Dynamo Moscow
HC Mechel
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 56th overall, 1993
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1988–2005

Valeri Yevgenievich Karpov (Russian: Валерий Евгеньевич Карпов, 5 August 1971 – 10 October 2014) was an ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League and National Hockey League. He competed for Traktor Chelyabinsk and HC CSKA Moscow in Russia before moving to North America. He was drafted 56th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and joined the team the next season, but struggled to maintain a place in the Ducks roster, bouncing around the minor leagues. He played 76 regular season games for the Ducks over three seasons, scoring 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, collecting 32 penalty minutes. He returned to Russia in 1997, spending three seasons with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, helping them win the RSL title in 1999. After spells with HC Lada Togliatti and HC Dynamo Moscow, he returned to Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2001, where he stayed for another four years. He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993 and retired in 2005.

In the summer of 2014, during a brawl in his house he took a hit to the head and had a bad fall that resulted in a coma. He underwent two trepanning surgeries, but did not regain consciousness and died on 10 October 2014.[1][2]

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Soviet Union WJC 2 7 0 4 4 2
1993 Russia WC 1 8 4 5 9 0
1994 Russia Oly 4th 8 3 1 4 2
1996 Russia WC 4th 8 3 0 3 8
1999 Russia WC 5th 6 0 0 0 0
2001 Russia WC 5th 7 3 0 3 4
2002 Russia WC 2 9 4 2 6 22
Senior int'l totals 46 17 8 25 36

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