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Konstantin Koltsov
KKOLTSOV
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) The Russian Rocket II

The Speedy Express

Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
BHL
Dynamo Minsk
NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
RSL
Severstal Cherepovets
Spartak Moscow
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Ak-Bars Kazan
Nationality Flag of Belarus Belarussian
Born April 17 1981 (1981-04-17) (age 35),
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
NHL Draft Round 1, Pick 18, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 1998 – present


Konstantin Koltsov was born on 17 April 1981 in Minsk, Belarussian SSR (now Belarus) and is a professional ice hockey player.

Playing careerEdit

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 in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins as their first round pick, making him the 18th player chosen 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 June 26, 2006. In August of that year he returned to Russia, signing a contact 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.

HonoursEdit

International careerEdit

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

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 65 9 21 30 41 6 2 4 6 4
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 1
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 7 5 12 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 27 6 3 9 8
NHL totals 144 12 26 38 50 -- -- -- -- --

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