Alexander Karpovtsev
Born April 7, 1970(1970-04-07),
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died September 7 2011 (aged 41),
Yaroslavl, Russia
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Pro clubs USSR
Dynamo Moscow
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
Florida Panthers
Sibir Novosibirsk
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Avangard Omsk
Ntl. team Flag of Russia Russia
NHL Draft 158th overall, 1990
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1987–2007

Alexander Karpovtsev (Russian: Александр Карповцев; April 7, 1970 – September 7, 2011) was a Russian ice hockey player and later an assistant coach for Ak Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In the National Hockey League (NHL), he played for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers. He, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Zubov and Sergei Nemchinov, were the first Russian players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup, winning it in 1994 with the Rangers.

Karpovtsev was an assistant coach for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and died when his team's charter plane crashed on September 7, 2011.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

Alexander Karpovtsev was married to Janna Karpovtsev and had two daughters named Dasha born in 1993, and Stacy born in 2000.


On September 7, 2011, Karpovtsev was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "'everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.'"[3][4][5][6]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88HC Dynamo MoscowRSL20110
1989–90HC Dynamo MoscowRSL3511227
1990–91HC Dynamo MoscowRSL4005515
1991–92HC Dynamo MoscowRSL2832522
1992–93HC Dynamo MoscowRSL3631114100
1993–94HC Dynamo MoscowRSL30006
1993–94New York RangersNHL6731518581704412
1994–95HC Dynamo MoscowRSL1302210
1994–95New York RangersNHL4748123081010
1995–96New York RangersNHL40216182660114
1996–97New York RangersNHL7792938591313420
1997–98New York RangersNHL47371048
1998–99New York RangersNHL21010
1998–99Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5622527521413412
1999–00Toronto Maple LeafsNHL693141754110334
2000–01HC Dynamo MoscowRSL50110
2000–01Chicago BlackhawksNHL532131539
2001–02Chicago BlackhawksNHL6519104051010
2002–03Chicago BlackhawksNHL404101412
2003–04Chicago BlackhawksNHL2407714
2003–04New York IslandersNHL30114
2004–05Sibir NovosibirskRSL501116
2004–05Lokomotiv YaroslavlRSL332464590000
2005–06Florida PanthersNHL60004
2005–06Sibir NovosibirskRSL182133930004
2006–07Sibir NovosibirskRSL39513189071238
NHL totals 596 34 154 188 430 74 4 14 18 52

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Soviet Union WJC Silver medal icon 7 0 1 1 8
1993 Russia WC Gold medal icon 8 0 1 1 10
1996 Russia WCH SF 1 0 0 0 0
2005 Russia WC Bronze medal icon 8 0 1 1 2
Senior int'l totals 17 0 2 2 12



  1. List of those killed in plane crash near Yaroslavl (Russian). (2011-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
  2. Stunned Rangers react to loss of former NHL teammates, friends in Russia plane crash tragedy. Daily News (New York) (September 7, 2011). Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
  3. First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl (Russian). (2011-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
  4. The list of Lokomotiv players who died (Russian). (2011-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
  5. "Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash", The Globe and Mail, 2011-09-07. Retrieved on 2011-09-07. 
  6. Former Rangers Defensemen Alexander Karpovtsev Dead. (2011-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.

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