Konstantin Koltsov

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Konstantin Koltsov
Born (1981-04-17) April 17, 1981 (age 35)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, URS
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Severstal Cherepovets
Yunost Minsk
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Ak Bars Kazan
Spartak Moscow
Pittsburgh Penguins
Dinamo Minsk
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Atlant Moscow Oblast
National team  Belarus
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1998–2016

Kanstancin Jaŭhenavič Kalcoŭ (Belarusian: Канстанцін Яўгенавіч Кальцоў, Russian: Константин Евгеньевич Кольцов) (born April 17, 1981 in Minsk, BSSR (now Belarus)) is a Belarusian former professional ice hockey player who last played for HC Dinamo Minsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Koltsov started out playing for Junactva Miensk in the Belarusian 1st division during the 1997–98 season, and moved to Russian Severstal Cherepovets for the next season. Due to his incredible speed and stick handling, he was often referred to as the "Russian Rocket II" due to his similar playing style to that of Russian great Pavel Bure.

He was drafted to the NHL in the 1999 entry draft as the Pittsburgh Penguins' first round pick, making him the 18th player overall in the draft. He played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL in the 2002–03 season, and started playing full-time for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2003–04 season, playing 82 games and scoring nine goals and twenty assists.

During the NHL lockout, Koltsov played for the Spartak Moscow hockey team.

The following season, Koltsov moved between Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh until January where he stayed in the NHL until the end of the season finishing with 3 goals and 6 assists. However, as a result of the Penguins not extending a qualifying offer, Koltsov became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2006. In August of that year he returned to Russia, signing a contract to play for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Russian Super League.

During the 2007–08 RSL season, Koltsov would be a part of a Salavat Yulaev Ufa squad that would defeat Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to capture the RSL League Title. With the absorption of the RSL into the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) at the start of the 2008–09 season, Salavat Yulaev Ufa would become the last standing RSL champion.

On November 27, 2016, Koltsov made his retirement from professional hockey official after competing in 18 seasons.[1]

International play[edit]

Koltsov has played on the Belarus national team in the Winter Olympics and IIHF World Championships.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 2 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 33 3 0 3 8 1 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Metallurg Novokuznetsk RSL 31 3 4 7 12
2000–01 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 24 7 8 15 10
2001–02 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 10 1 2 3 2
2001–02 Spartak Moscow RSL 22 1 0 1 12
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 65 9 21 30 41 6 2 4 6 4
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 9 20 29 30
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 4 4 4 24 6 11 17 18
2004–05 HC Dinamo Minsk BHL 11 6 2 8 38
2004–05 Spartak Moscow RSL 31 6 9 15 48
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 3 6 9 20
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 18 12 5 17 13
2006–07 Salavat Yulaev Ufa RSL 54 14 11 25 43 8 1 1 2 2
2007–08 Salavat Yulaev Ufa RSL 37 12 10 22 27 13 2 1 3 4
2008–09 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 42 8 7 15 14 4 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 48 8 17 25 28 16 3 1 4 2
2010–11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 32 4 11 15 16
2011–12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 51 1 11 12 20 6 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 52 6 6 12 26 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 54 11 10 21 22
2014–15 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 34 2 1 3 20
2014–15 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 19 0 2 2 7 20 3 3 6 4
2015–16 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 43 3 7 10 14
NHL totals 144 12 26 38 50
RSL totals 242 47 44 91 162 22 3 2 5 8
KHL totals 375 43 73 116 167 51 6 6 12 8

Awards & Honours[edit]

  • Kubok Spartaka: 2001
  • Kubok Presidenta Respubliki Bashkortostan: 2006
  • Kubok Romazana: 2006
  • Kubok Polesya: 2007
  • Russian Super League: 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Konstantin Koltsov has retired". by.tribuna.com. 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Milan Kraft
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Brooks Orpik