Sergei Gonchar

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Sergei Gonchar in game action

Sergei Gonchar is a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, he is known as an “offensive-defenseman” (in that he scores many points relative to other defenseman in the league), and can often be found playing on the power play. He has scored more goals than any defenseman in the league since 2000.[1]

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NHL Career

Early Career

Gonchar spent the first couple years of his NHL career bouncing back and forth from both the Washington Capitals and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates. Once he settled into a steady position with the Capitals, he became known as an offensive wizard, enjoying his best statistical season in 2002-2003, with 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists).

Boston and Pittsburgh

Gonchar was traded to the Boston Bruins during the 2003-2004 season, with whom he played 15 games. After the lockout year of 2004-2005, Gonchar signed a 5 year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

International Play

During the lockout year of 2004-2005, Gonchar played with Russian team Magnitogorsk, along with future teammates Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora. He has won two Olympic medals with Russia and has represented his home country in several World Cup tournaments and World Championship tournaments.

Season GP G A PIM +/- PPG SHG
1994-1995 31 2 5 22 4 0 0
1995-1996 78 15 26 60 25 4 0
1996-1997 57 13 17 36 -11 3 0
1997-1998 72 5 16 66 2 2 0
1998-1999 53 21 10 57 1 13 1
1999-2000 73 18 36 52 26 5 0
2000-2001 76 19 38 70 12 8 0
2001-2002 76 26 33 58 -1 7 0
2002-2003 82 18 49 52 13 7 0
2003-2004 71 11 47 56 -14 6 0
2005-2006 75 12 46 100 -13 8 0
2006-2007 82 13 54 72 -5 10 0
2007-2008 78 12 53 66 13 8 0

References

  1. http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8458951&service=page&tab=bio
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