Vitali Prokhorov

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Vitali Prokhorov
Born (1966-12-25) December 25, 1966 (age 47)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Played for Spartak Moscow
St. Louis Blues
Färjestads BK
HC Davos
CSKA Moscow
Ak Bars Kazan
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Lada Togliatti
Vityaz Podolsk
Khimik Voskresensk
National team  Soviet Union 
Unified Team &
 Russia
NHL Draft 64th overall, 1992
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1983–2002

Vitali Vladimirovich Prokhorov (born December 25, 1966 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a retired professional hockey player who played briefly with the St. Louis Blues in the NHL. He played left wing and shot left-handed.

Prokhorov began his playing career in his native USSR. He played for Spartak Moscow for 9 seasons from 1983 until 1992. He also played for the USSR in the 1991 Canada Cup and for Russia in the 1992 Winter Olympics and the 1992 Ice Hockey World Championship. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union many Russian players attempted to come to North America to play in the NHL. Prokhorov was no exception, and he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round, 64th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He along with Vitali Karamnov and Igor Korolev created a "Moscow Express Line" that was expected to bring a big scoring punch to the Blues.

For the 1992–1993 season however things did not go well for Prokhorov. After a slow start, Prokhorov suffered a shoulder injury that limited him to only 26 games the whole year. He did have a bright spot during the season however when he scored a hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 31, 1992. After starting the 1993–1994 season with the Peoria Rivermen Prokhorov played 55 games with the Blues, scoring 25 points. The following season Prokhorov played 20 games with the Rivermen and only 2 games with the Blues before being released.

Following his stint in the NHL Prokhorov played the 1995–1996 season in Sweden and 4 more seasons in Russia before retiring from hockey in 2001.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Spartak Moscow Soviet 5 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Spartak Moscow Soviet 31 1 1 2 10
1985–86 Spartak Moscow Soviet 29 3 9 12 4
1986–87 Spartak Moscow Soviet 27 1 6 7 2
1987–88 Spartak Moscow Soviet 19 5 0 5 4
1988–89 Spartak Moscow Soviet 37 11 5 16 10
1989–90 Spartak Moscow Soviet 43 13 8 21 35
1990–91 Spartak Moscow Soviet 43 21 10 31 29
1991–92 Spartak Moscow CIS 32 12 16 28 54 6 1 3 4 14
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 4 1 5 15
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 15 10 25 20 4 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 19 13 10 23 16
1994–95 Spartak Moscow IHL 8 1 4 5 8
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 20 6 3 9 6 9 4 7 11 6
1995–96 Färjestads BK SEL 37 7 11 18 61 8 2 0 2 31
1997–98 Spartak Moscow RSL 46 21 14 35 92 4 2 1 3 12
1998–99 HC Davos NLA 3 0 1 1 2
1998–99 CSKA Moscow RSL 12 5 5 10 22
1998–99 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 16 2 4 6 8 9 2 1 3 27
1999–2000 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 20 8 11 19 8 12 5 4 9 2
2000–01 Lada Togliatti RSL 14 2 4 6 8
2000–01 Vityaz Podolsk RSL 24 5 9 14 52
2001–02 Khimik Voskresensk RUS-2 32 10 8 18 30
NHL Totals 83 19 11 30 35 4 0 0 0 0

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Comp Place GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Soviet Union CC 5th 5 1 2 3 4
1992 Unified Team Oly 1 8 2 4 6 6
1992 CIS WC 5th 6 0 3 3 4
1998 Russia WC 5th 6 0 1 1 0
Senior Int'l Totals 25 3 10 13 14

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