Alexander Korolyuk
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
San Jose Sharks
Krylya Sovetov
Ak Bars Kazan
Khimik Voskresensk
Vityaz Chekhov
Atlant Mytishchi
SKA St. Petersburg
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Born January 15 1976 (1976-01-15) (age 44),
Moscow, Russian SFSR
NHL Draft 141st overall, 1994
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 1993 – present

Alexander Ivanovich Korolyuk (Russian: Александр Иванович Королюк, born January 15, 1976) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the Kontinental Hockey League.

He was drafted in the sixth round, 141st overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Initially developed with the Krylya Sovetov club, Korolyuk was drafted 141st overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1994.

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 700 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 October 1, 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 February 16, 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 alloted time period.

Korolyuk continued his playing career in the Kontinental Hockey League, playing for Atlant Mytishchi, SKA St. Petersburg, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94Krylya SovetovRSL2244820
1994–95Krylya SovetovRSL5216132962
1994–95Soviet WingsIHL722412
1995–96Krylya SovetovRSL5030194977
1996–97Manitoba MooseIHL4220163671
1996–97Krylya SovetovRSL17851346
1997–98San Jose SharksNHL192356
1997–98Kentucky ThoroughbladesAHL441623399630000
1998–99San Jose SharksNHL551218302661342
1998–99Kentucky ThoroughbladesAHL239132216
1999–00San Jose SharksNHL571421353590336
2000–01Ak Bars KazanRSL60554
2000–01San Jose SharksNHL701213254120000
2001–02San Jose SharksNHL32371014
2002–03Ak Bars KazanRSL461417314640000
2003–04San Jose SharksNHL63191837181752710
2004–05Khimik VoskresenskRSL1043712
2005–06Vityaz ChekhovRSL4519193880
2006–07Vityaz ChekhovRSL471728457630008
2007–08Vityaz ChekhovRSL5016365252
2008–09Atlant MytishchiKHL562132533272358
2009–10SKA St. PetersburgKHL54821293841012
2010–11Lokomotiv YaroslavlKHL481426403018391232
NHL totals 296 62 80 142 140 34 6 8 14 18
KHL totals 158 43 79 122 100 29 6 12 18 42
RSL totals 345 128 149 277 483 14 2 2 4 16

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Russia WJC Silver medal icon 7 8 2 10 47
1996 Russia WJC Bronze medal icon 7 5 2 7 4
Junior int'l totals 14 13 4 17 51
1997 Russia WC 4th 6 2 3 5 6
2001 Russia WC 5th 7 1 1 2 6
2006 Russia Oly 4th 6 1 1 2 6
Senior int'l totals 19 4 5 9 18


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