|Alexander Vladimirovich Semak
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 2.11.66 Ufa, Russia
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning with Ben Hankinson for Shawn Chambers and
Danton Cole, 3.14.95
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Semak had plenty of Russian League and international play before he was even drafted by the Devils. In fact, his first
game against NHL talent wasn't as a Devil, but as part of the Soviet team at Rendez-Vous 87 in Quebec City.
He would finally join the Devils in 92 after finishing up his 5-plus years with Dynamo Moscow and barely made the
cutoff for rookie status. Kind of a bummer, because if he didn't, he would have been a major candidate for the Calder
in 92-93 with that career year he had. (For those saying no: He was still 26. He still would have qualified.)
Things started going south for Semak the following year. Injuries plagued him that year, drastically reducing his
offensive production. Then, the lockout came. While he did play 9 games in Russia and kicked ass in them, back in
New Jersey, he never got it going again. A trade was inevitable, and off to Tampa Bay he went at the deadline.
The closest he even came to getting his game back on track in the NHL was with the Islanders in 95-96, scoring 20
goals for them that year. But any stay for the remainder of his North American career was never for more than a
So he went back to Europe for the 99-00 season, playing in Freiburg in the German League, then bounced around in his
homeland league for the remainder of his career, playing until 2005.
He has coached junior hockey in Russia, manning the Toplar Ufa bench for 4 seasons, being the head man for 3 of
them. I have no information on him, though, since 2013, his last year with Toplar.
He was briefly into politics before joining his old team, Salavat Yulaev, as their GM for a short time in 2015.
|Entry Draft: 1988 Tenth Round Pick (207th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise