3 February 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||Chekhov Vityaz
Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo
|NHL Draft||154th overall, 1995
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. 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. 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.
- Alexei Kolkunov career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Alexei Kolkunov career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Alexei Kolkunov player profile at NHL.com
- AP (13 July 1998). "Penguins Sign Russian Kolkunov". AP.org. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Chuck Finder (9 January 2001). "In Wheeling, another Lemieux chases a hockey dream, too". post-gazette.com. Retrieved 22 July 2012.