Igor Korolev
Born September 6, 1970(1970-09-06),
Zelenograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died September 7 2011 (aged 41),
Yaroslavl, Russia
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Pro clubs HC Dynamo Moscow
St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets
Phoenix Coyotes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Ntl. team Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1992
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1988–2010

Igor Borisovich Korolev (Russian: Игорь Борисович Королёв; September 6, 1970 – September 7, 2011) was a professional ice hockey player and coach. Korolev played over 700 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1992 until 2004. Korolev returned to Russia, and played a further seven seasons in the Russian Super League (RSL) and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) before retiring from active play in 2010. In 2011, Korolev accepted an assistant coach position with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Korolev was killed in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster[1] along with nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League for whom he was coaching. A native of the Russian Republic of the Soviet Union, Korolev became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2000.[2][3]

Playing careerEdit

Korolev began his professional playing career with HC Dynamo Moscow in the 1988–89 season appearing once. The following season, Korolev became a full member of the team, playing 17 games. He played two further full seasons with Dynamo. In all three seasons, Dynamo won the league championship. Korolev was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round, 38th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. After five games with Dynamo in the 1992–93 season, Korolev left to join the Blues. Korolev played for the Blues for two seasons. Korolev was unsigned in the 1994–95 season and he returned to Dynamo. He was picked up by the Winnipeg Jets on waivers in 1995 and stayed with the team as it moved to Phoenix. He signed as a free agent with Toronto in 1997. He was traded to Chicago in 2001 where he played until 2004. He then returned to Russia and signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. After one season, he transferred to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, where he played three seasons. He played one season with Atlant Moscow Oblast and one final season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl where he retired after the 2009–10 season. He became an assistant coach with the team and was still an assistant at the time of his death.


Main Article: 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash

Korolev died on September 7, 2011, the day after he turned 41, when a Yakolev Yak-42 passenger aircraft crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia while transporting Lokomotiv to Minsk to play their opening game of the season. Lokomotiv officials said "everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team."[4][5][6] All aboard were killed, aside from one crew member.


Igor and Vera Korolev married in June 1990.[2] Igor and Vera have two daughters, Kristina and Anastasia. Korolev's family has a permanent home in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Korolevs obtained Canadian citizenship in 2000.[2] Korolev was buried in Toronto[3] at Mount Pleasent Cemetary[7] after a funeral on September 18, 2011.[8] Korolev was the godfather of fellow NHL player Nik Antropov's son. Korolev and Antropov both played several seasons together with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[9]


Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89HC Dynamo MoscowRSL10002
1989–90HC Dynamo MoscowRSL173252
1990–91HC Dynamo MoscowRSL381241612
1991–92HC Dynamo MoscowRSL331282010
1992–93HC Dynamo MoscowRSL51234
1992–93St. Louis BluesNHL74423272030000
1993–94St. Louis BluesNHL73610164020000
1994–95Winnipeg JetsNHL458223010
1994–95HC Dynamo MoscowRSL13461018
1995–96Winnipeg JetsNHL732229514260330
1996–97Phoenix CoyotesNHL4137102810000
1996–97Michigan K-WingsIHL42240
1996–97Phoenix RoadrunnersIHL42684
1997–98Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7817223922
1998–99Toronto Maple LeafsNHL661334474610000
1999–00Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8020264622120446
2000–01Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7310192928110000
2001–02Chicago BlackhawksNHL82920292050110
2002–03Chicago BlackhawksNHL4845930
2002–03Norfolk AdmiralsAHL14437092464
2003–04Norfolk AdmiralsAHL101454
2003–04Chicago BlackhawksNHL623101322
2004–05Lokomotiv YaroslavlRSL60820282691672
2005–06Metallurg MagnitogorskRSL517172426110224
2006–07Metallurg MagnitogorskRSL542141628134378
2007–08Metallurg MagnitogorskRSL57620265813551010
2008–09Atlant MytishchiKHL567152246701110
2009–10Lokomotiv YaroslavlKHL485152028150334
NHL totals 795 119 227 346 330 41 0 8 8 6

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Soviet Union CC 5th 5 0 0 0 0
1992 CIS WC 5th 6 2 1 3 2

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