38 Facts About Alexander Mogilny


Alexander Gennadevich Mogilny is a Russian former professional ice hockey player and the current president of Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Alexander Mogilny was the first National Hockey League draftee to defect from the Soviet Union in order to play in North America.

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Alexander Mogilny finished his first year with 15 goals and 16 points in 28 games.

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Alexander Mogilny finished the tournament with 3 goals and 2 assists in 6 games.

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The penalty was eventually reduced to six months, which allowed Alexander Mogilny to compete in the 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

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Alexander Mogilny finished the tournament with 9 goals and 18 points in 7 games en route to a silver medal finish and winning the Top Forward award.

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Alexander Mogilny played with the senior team at the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he won a gold medal as the team's youngest player.

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Alexander Mogilny finished that tournament with 7 goals and 12 points in 7 games.

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Alexander Mogilny went on to win his first World Championships when the Soviet Union won the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships.

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Alexander Mogilny boarded a plane in Stockholm at the conclusion of the 1989 World Championships and defected to North America.

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Alexander Mogilny was considered by some to be one of the best players outside the NHL prior to his defection, but it took time for him to adjust to a new country and culture.

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Alexander Mogilny finished his first NHL season with 43 points in 65 games and improved to 30 goals and 64 points during his sophomore season.

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Alexander Mogilny continued his ascension with 39 goals and 84 points in only 67 games the next year and broke out as an NHL superstar in his fourth season.

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On December 21,1991, in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Alexander Mogilny scored five seconds into the game to tie the NHL record for fastest goal scored to start a game.

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Alexander Mogilny scored his 50th goal in his 46th game that year, but it did not count as an official 50 goals in 50 games record as it occurred during the team's 53rd game.

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Alexander Mogilny finished the season with seven hat-tricks including three in four games, two four-goal games and a stretch where he scored 23 goals in 13 games.

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Alexander Mogilny served as the Sabres' captain for a period that year, the first Russian captain in NHL history, and finished the year with 79 points in 66 games.

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Bure would miss almost their entire first season together with a torn ACL, so Alexander Mogilny played primarily with Cliff Ronning and Martin Gelinas.

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Alexander Mogilny had an outstanding first year, leading the team with 55 goals, 107 points, and finishing 3rd in the league in goals.

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Alexander Mogilny followed that with 9 points in 6 games in his first playoff series for Vancouver but it was to no avail as the Canucks were ousted in the first round by the Stanley Cup champions that year, the Colorado Avalanche, who were led by Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy.

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Alexander Mogilny was unable to find the expected on-ice success with Bure as both players preferred to play on their off-wing.

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Alexander Mogilny did not produce at the level that was expected, but nonetheless, the Devils won the Stanley Cup that year after beating the Dallas Stars in the finals.

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Alexander Mogilny became the elite winger the Leafs lacked for many years since Wendel Clark's first stint with the team.

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Alexander Mogilny had a strong start with his new team, scoring two goals in his Maple Leafs debut.

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Alexander Mogilny battled through various injuries throughout the season but was able to finish his first year third in team scoring playing primarily on a line with Gary Roberts and Robert Reichel.

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Alexander Mogilny followed that season by playing a substantial role during the Leafs playoff run that spring.

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Alexander Mogilny led the team with 79 points, 3 shorthanded goals, 9 game-winning goals and added two hat-tricks that year.

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Alexander Mogilny was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct at season's end, the first Leaf to win it since Dave Keon in 1963.

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Alexander Mogilny then set up Tomas Kaberle for the thrilling overtime winner immediately after serving a questionable penalty.

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Alexander Mogilny was placed on long-term injury reserve during training camp and retired from professional hockey at the end of the season.

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Alexander Mogilny was the first Russian to be an NHL captain, first Russian named to the NHL All-Star team and holds the highest single-season goal total and second highest single-season point total for a Russian player.

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Alexander Mogilny is the third-highest Russian scorer in the history of the NHL.

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Alexander Mogilny was the second Russian player to reach 1,000 points in the NHL, hitting the milestone just a few days after Sergei Fedorov.

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At the 1988 Winter Olympics, Alexander Mogilny made his senior debut with the Soviet national team as an 18-year-old in Canada.

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Alexander Mogilny played with the full-roster Soviet Union team that won the gold medal.

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Alexander Mogilny has the most agility, the quickest release and the best shot.

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Alexander Mogilny has always been a strong two-way player thanks to a high level of hockey instincts and a tremendous sense of anticipation.

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Alexander Mogilny's preferred move on a breakaway is a quick snapshot to catch the goaltender off-guard.

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