Alexander Korolyuk

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Alexander Korolyuk
Korolyuk 2011-09-26 Amur—Heftekhimik KHL-game.jpeg
Born (1976-01-15) January 15, 1976 (age 43)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Krylya Sovetov
San Jose Sharks
Ak Bars Kazan
HC Vityaz
Khimik Voskresensk
Atlant Mytishchi
SKA St. Petersburg
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
HC Yugra
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 141st overall, 1994
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1993–2015

Alexander Ivanovich Korolyuk (Russian: Александр Иванович Королюк, born January 15, 1976) is a Russian former professional ice hockey winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the San Jose Sharks before playing the remainder of his career in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

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

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, Korolyuk played in the 1990 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Moscow.[1]

Korolyuk was drafted 141st overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1994 NHL Entry Draft, from PHC Krylya Sovetov.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 allotted time period.[citation needed]

Korolyuk continued his playing career in the Kontinental Hockey League, playing for HC Vityaz, Atlant Mytishchi, SKA St. Petersburg, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Metallurg Magnitogorsk and HC Yugra.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Krylya Sovetov Moscow II RUS II 41 4 3 7 18
1993–94 Krylya Sovetov Moscow RUS 22 4 4 8 20 3 1 0 1 4
1994–95 Krylya Sovetov Moscow RUS 52 16 13 29 62 4 1 2 3 4
1995–96 Krylya Sovetov Moscow RUS 50 30 19 49 77
1996–97 Krylya Sovetov Moscow RSL 17 8 5 13 46
1996–97 Manitoba Moose IHL 42 20 16 36 71
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
1999–2000 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 45 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
2014–15 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 12 2 2 4 14
2014–15 HC Yugra KHL 30 5 8 13 12
RSL totals 221 78 108 186 324 7 0 0 0 5
NHL totals 296 62 80 142 140 34 6 8 14 18
KHL totals 326 80 142 222 236 36 8 14 22 50

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Russia EJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 2 3 5 0
1995 Russia WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 8 2 10 47
1996 Russia WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 5 2 7 4
1997 Russia WC 4th 6 2 3 5 6
2001 Russia WC 6th 7 1 1 2 6
2006 Russia OG 4th 6 1 1 2 6
Junior totals 19 15 7 22 51
Senior totals 19 4 5 9 18

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
KHL
All-Star Game 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Korolyuk moves to Yugra" (in Russian). sportbox.ru. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014.

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