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Lithuania  / Russia DARIUS KASPARAITIS  
Last team: Energija/GV Elektrenai - 2018

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BIRTHYEAR 1972-10-16 BIRTHPLACEElektrenai, LTU
AGE 48 NATION Lithuania / Russia
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 179 cm / 5'10" WEIGHT 94 kg / 207 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Energija Elektrénai STATUS Retired
NHL DRAFT 1992 round 1 #5 overall by New York Islanders
SOCIAL Darius Kasparaitis Facebook Darius Kasparaitis Instagram Darius Kasparaitis  
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time Olympic Gold Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Silver Medal 1
1-time Olympic Silver Medal 1
1-time Olympic Bronze Medal 1

Kasparaitis is one of two Lithuanians who made it to the NHL. He was 20 when he came to the NHL and immediately established himself as one of the most punishing body-checkers in professional hockey. He was extremely unpopular with opponents, who could be seen emerging from encounters in the corners with Kasparaitis in a state of sheer rage. During his career, the hard-hitting Kasparaitis has suffered at least as much pain as he has inflicted on others. A strong skater who mostly concentrated on the defensive side of the game, Kasparaitis had an infectious enthusiasm for the game. He left the NHL in 2007 and played two more seasons for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL before retiring as a professional player. But after four years without official hockey games he came back. In 2013 he made his formal transfer back to Lithuania and joined the Hockey Punks Vilnius. He has played four consecutive seasons in the top Lithuanian league. In his playing days he was known as a big spender, blowing his high paychecks on clothes and cars and nights out. But he has settled down and started his own real estate development company.

In 1992 during the split up he stayed with the Russian system, won Olympic gold with the “Unified Team”, he represented Russia in the World Championship as he did in 1996, at three more Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006) and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Team Staff profile of Darius Kasparaitis also available

When I come in NHL. I must sell my name: 'Kasparaitis, this guy is no easy player. This is hard player.' Be ready for me. Hockey is man game, Darius Kasparaitis 2017
When I played in my era I was lucky to be there. I always tell everybody that if I played 10 years before, I would’ve probably gotten killed, Darius Kasparaitis 2016
I think being a professional athlete, without dedication, without full commitment, you’re not going to succeed., Darius Kasparaitis 2016
Kasparaitis, according to his coach, is a “cantankerous-type player.” What this means is that Kasparaitis wrecks people. , nymag.com 2006

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1988-89 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 3 0 000 |            
 1989-90 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 1 0 000 |            
  Dynamo Moskva-2 Soviet3 32 6 71342 |            
  Soviet Union U18 EJC-18 6 1 6712 |            
 1990-91 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 17 0 1110 |            
  Dynamo Moskva-2 Soviet3 16 3 7106 |            
  Soviet Union U20 WJC-20 6 1 3416 |            
 1991-92 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 24 1 788 | Playoffs 7 1 344  
  Dynamo Moskva-2 Soviet3 8 2 138 |            
  CIS U20 WJC-20 7 1 564 12 |            
  Unified Team OG 8 0 222 |            
  Russia WC 6 2 134 |            
 1992-93 Dynamo Moskva Russia 7 1 348 |            
  New York Islanders NHL 79 4 1721166 15 | Playoffs 18 0 5531
 1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 76 1 1011142 -6 | Playoffs 4 0 008 -6 
 1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 13 0 1122 -11 |            
 1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 46 1 7893 -12 |            
  Russia WC 8 0 222 -1 |            
 1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 5516 -7 |            
  Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 2 161884 24 | Playoffs 5 0 006 -4 
  Russia WCup 5 0 2214 3 |            
 1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 4 812127 3 | Playoffs 5 0 008 -2 
  Russia OG 6 0 226 8 |            
 1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 1 4570 12 |            
 1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 3 1215146 -12 | Playoffs 11 1 1210 -3 
 2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 1619111 11 | Playoffs 17 1 1226 -5 
 2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 69 2 1214123 -1 |            
  Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 0019 1 | Playoffs 21 0 3318 10 
  Russia  OG 6 1 014 3 |            
  Russia (all) International 6 1 014 3 |            
 2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 80 3 111485 5 |            
 2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 44 1 91048 11 |            
 2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan  Russia 29 1 34118 8 | Playoffs 3 0 006
  Russia  WCup 4 0 118 0 |            
 2005-06 New York Rangers  NHL 67 0 6697 7 | Playoffs 2 0 000 -1 
  Russia  OG 8 0 228 1 |            
 2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 24 2 2430 -1 |            
  Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 12 0 338 1 |            
 2007-08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 1 014 1 |            
  SKA St. Petersburg Russia 33 1 4580 -1 | Playoffs 8 0 2249
 2008-09 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 26 0 1134 6 |            
 2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 0 0 000 0 |            
 2010-13 Did not play |            
 2013-14 Hockey Punks Lithuania 1 1 0112 |            
 2014-15 Hockey Punks Lithuania 1 1 230 |            
 2015-16 Hockey Punks Lithuania 3 2 9110 |            
 2016-17 Hockey Punks Lithuania 2 2 570 |            
 2017-18 Energija Elektrenai Lithuania 1 0 112 |            
  Lithuania  WC D1B 5 0 222 5 |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 1988-89 Dynamo Moskva Soviet League Cup 2 0 000 |            
 1989-90 Soviet Union U18 Viking Cup - - --- |            
 1991-92 CIS Nissan Cup 2 0 000 |            
 1992-93 Russia Sauna Cup 3 0 006 4 |            


TEAM STAFF HISTORY
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE ROLE ON TEAM NOTES
 2010-2011 SKA St. Petersburg KHLAsst. Coach Until 2010-12-22  


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  AHL: 16 1 3 4 0.25 12  |    
  EJC-18: 6 1 6 7 1.17 12  |    
  International: 6 1 0 1 0.17 |    
  KHL: 26 0 1 1 0.04 34  |    
  Lithuania: 8 6 17 23 2.88 14  |    
  NHL: 863 27 136 163 0.19 1379  39  | 83 2 10 12 0.14 107  -9 
  Nissan Cup: 2 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  OG: 28 1 6 7 0.25 20  12  |    
  Russia: 69 3 10 13 0.19 206  | 11 0 2 2 0.18 55 
  Sauna Cup: 3 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  Soviet: 45 1 8 9 0.20 18  | 7 1 3 4 0.57
  Soviet League Cup: 2 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  Soviet3: 56 11 15 26 0.46 56  |    
  Viking Cup: 0 0 0 0 - |    
  WC: 14 2 3 5 0.36 -1  |    
  WC D1B: 5 0 2 2 0.40 |    
  WCup: 9 0 3 3 0.33 22  |    
  WJC-20: 13 2 8 10 0.77 20  12  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1989-1990 U18 EJC All-Star Team
  U18 EJC Silver Medal
1990-1991 U20 WJC Silver Medal
1991-1992 Olympic Gold Medal
  U20 WJC Best Defenseman
  U20 WJC Gold Medal
1997-1998 Olympic Silver Medal
2001-2002 Olympic Bronze Medal
2008-2009 KHL All-Star Game (Selected, did not play)
2017-2018 World Championship (D1B) Gold Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- KHL All-Star Game 08/09
- Olympic Bronze Medal 01/02
- Olympic Gold Medal 91/92
- Olympic Silver Medal 97/98
- U18 EJC All-Star Team 89/90
- U18 EJC Silver Medal 89/90
- U20 WJC Best Defenseman 91/92
- U20 WJC Gold Medal 91/92
- U20 WJC Silver Medal 90/91
- World Championship (D1B) Gold Medal 17/18



MEDIA AND ARTICLES
DATE ARTICLE WEBSITE
2017-12-06 Darius Kasparaitis greatesthockeylegends.com
2017-11-18 Kasparaitis is playing for more than a paycheck thehockeywriters.com
2017-11-11 Kasparaitis back on stage wmib2018.iihf.hockey
2016-03-25 Anyone can learn a simple lesson about money from a former NHL player who blew through ove businessinsider.com
2016-02-26 Catching up with Darius Kasparaitis pensburgh.com
2016-01-17 Darius Kasparaitis putting retirement on hold to join Lithuanian national team thehockeynews.com
2015-04-03 Darius Kasparaitis: Stories from a life in hockey slapshotdiaries.com
2015-03-31 Former NHL veteran Darius Kasparaitis is building condos in Miami forbes.com
2007-09-16 Kasparaitis goes from rock bottom to rock hard nytimes.com
2006-11-05 Dinosaur On Ice nymag.com


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for New York Rangers
Cult/Star player for Pittsburgh Penguins
Cult/Star player for SKA St. Petersburg
Cult/Star player for Russia
Cult/Star player for New York Islanders
Cult/Star player for Lithuania
 
Career transactions
- 1996-11-17 • Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Islanders with Andreas Johansson for Bryan Smolinski
- 2002-03-19 • Traded to Colorado Avalanche by Pittsburgh Penguins for Ville Nieminen and Rick Berry
- 2002-07-02 • Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers
- 2004-10-22 • Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia)