January 15, 1976|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA St. Petersburg
141st overall, 1994|
San Jose Sharks
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).
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 allotted time period.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Jose Sharks||NHL||19||2||3||5||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||San Jose Sharks||NHL||55||12||18||30||26||6||1||3||4||2|
|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|
|2009–10||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||54||8||21||29||38||4||1||0||1||2|
Awards and honours