Andrei Kovalenko

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For the Belarusian footballer, see Andrei Kovalenko (Belarusian footballer). For the Russian football goalkeeper, see Andrei Kovalenko (Russian footballer). For the Australian water polo player, see Andriy Kovalenko.
Andrei Kovalenko
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Born (1970-06-07) June 7, 1970 (age 44)
Balakovo, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Torpedo Gorky
CSKA Moscow
Quebec Nordiques
HC Lada Togliatti
Colorado Avalanche
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina Hurricanes
Boston Bruins
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Avangard Omsk
Severstal Cherepovets
National team  Russia 
Unified Team &
 Soviet Union
NHL Draft 148th overall, 1990
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1987–2008

Andrei Nikolaevich Kovalenko (Russian: Андрей Николаевич Коваленко; born June 7, 1970) is a retired professional ice hockey forward. He played in the National Hockey League with the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins. He is currently the chairman of the Kontinental Hockey League players association (KHL PA).

Playing career[edit]

Kovalenko was drafted 148th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques while playing in Russia for HC CSKA Moscow.

He was traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Montreal Canadiens with Jocelyn Thibault and Martin Ručínský for Patrick Roy and Mike Keane.

In 1996, he scored the final goal in the history of the Montreal Forum, the fourth in a 4–1 victory over the Dallas Stars.[citation needed]

In 1999, he scored the first goal in the history of the RBC Center as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4–2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.[citation needed]

Kovalenko has not played in the National Hockey League since 2000–01 with the Boston Bruins, and has spent the last four years playing in the Russian Super League. In 2004–05, Kovalenko split time between Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Avangard Omsk.

Nicknamed "The Tank" by his teammates because of his immovable presence from the goal crease.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Torpedo Gorky USSR 2 1 0 1 0
1988–89 CSKA Moscow USSR 10 1 0 1 0
1989–90 CSKA Moscow USSR 48 8 5 13 20
1990–91 CSKA Moscow USSR 45 13 8 21 26
1991–92 CSKA Moscow CIS 36 16 11 27 28 8 3 2 5 4
1992–93 CSKA Moscow IHL 3 3 1 4 4
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 81 27 41 68 57 4 1 0 1 2
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 58 16 17 33 46
1994–95 HC Lada Togliatti IHL 11 9 2 11 14
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 45 14 10 24 31 6 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 26 11 11 22 16
1995–96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 17 17 34 33 6 0 0 0 6
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 32 27 59 81 12 4 3 7 6
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 6 17 23 28 1 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 43 13 14 27 30
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 18 6 6 12 0 4 1 1 2 2
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 15 24 39 38
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 76 16 21 37 27
2001–02 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 51 27 20 47 62 9 4 3 7 28
2002–03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 51 14 16 30 62 10 5 4 9 12
2003–04 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 59 23 11 34 56 3 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 4 0 1 1 2
2004–05 Avangard Omsk RSL 33 8 9 17 65 11 0 4 4 8
2005–06 Avangard Omsk RSL 12 1 4 5 8
2005–06 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 26 10 7 17 20 4 0 2 2 4
2006–07 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 50 21 8 29 30 5 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 48 9 8 17 36 7 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 620 173 206 379 389 33 6 5 11 20

International[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1992 Albertville Ice hockey
Silver 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Soviet Union WJC 1 7 5 6 11 8
1991 Soviet Union CC 5th 5 1 2 3 10
1992 Unified Team Oly 1 8 1 1 2 2
1992 CIS WC 5th 6 3 1 4 2
1994 Russia WC 5th 6 3 5 8 2
1996 Russia WCH SF 5 2 0 2 4
1998 Russia Oly 2 6 4 1 5 14
2000 Russia WC 11th 6 0 0 0 0
2002 Russia WC 2 8 0 4 4 4
2004 Russia WCH 5th 2 0 0 0 6
Senior totals 52 14 14 28 44

Awards and achievements[edit]

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