|Alexei Viktorovich Kasatonov
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 215 pounds
Born: 10.14.59 Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Claimed by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the expansion draft, 6.24.93
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Kasatonov was part of the Big Five (along with Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov) for
the Soviet Red Army Team for a lot of years. He would not be part of the first group to come to the NHL like those
four were. No, he would come to the Devils midseason in 1989-90.
It didn't come without some dissension. Fetisov had mentioned that Kasatonov was one of the few teammates over there
that was looking to block his efforts to come to the NHL, a move that was being attempted by Red Army/Soviet team
coach Viktor Tikhonov. It made Kasatonov feel unwelcome in his first few weeks in New Jersey, but both he and
Fetisov resolved their differences and would become defense partners one more time later that season.
Kasatonov provided as much punch to the offense from the backline as Fetisov did. His performance dipped in his last
season with the Devils, however, which left him unprotected for the expansion draft and eventually be claimed by
He got to play in the All-Star Game as a rep of the Ducks before being traded to the St. Louis Blues later that season.
He finished his NHL career with the Boston Bruins, playing 2 seasons there, and his playing career in general with one
more season with his old Red Army team. A shoulder injury was cited as the reason.
He had gotten involved with the Russian national team in an exec way, first being their GM in time for the Nagano
Olympics, then later an assistant coach.
He also opened a hockey school in New Jersey post-retirement, later founded the Admirals Hockey Club out in
Illinois, and coached at Columbia University.
He would return to Russia in 2008 and take various hockey jobs, from coaching to executive positions, including GM
of SKA St. Petersburg from 2011 to 2015.
|Entry Draft: 1983 Twelfth Round Pick (225th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise