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Darius Kasparaitis

Darius Kasparaitis
Born (1972-10-16) October 16, 1972
Elektrėnai, Lithuanian SSR,
Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for USSR
Dynamo Moscow
NHL
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
Colorado Avalanche
New York Rangers
RSL/KHL
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Soviet Union 
Unified Team &
 Russia
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1992
New York Islanders
Playing career 1988–2009

Darius Kasparaitis (born October 16, 1972) is a retired Lithuanian professional ice hockey defenceman. He mainly played in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Contents

  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching staff career 2
  • Family 3
  • Verzasca Group 4
  • Career statistics 5
    • Regular season and playoffs 5.1
    • International 5.2
  • Transactions 6
  • Awards 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Playing career

Kasparaitis left Lithuania for Russia at age 14 after training with Aleksey Nikiforov to play ice hockey at a higher level. Kasparaitis played his first game for Dynamo Moscow, one of the premier teams in the Soviet Union, at the age of 16 during the 1988–89 season, and won the Soviet League championship with them in 1992.

He was drafted by the New York Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Kasparaitis played for the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers.

Kasparaitis was known for his aggressive physical playing style and led his teams in hits several times, including his rookie season, in 1992–93 NHL season with the New York Islanders. While playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1998 [1] Kasparaitis' made a hard hit on Eric Lindros [2][3] that knocked Lindros out of action for 18 games. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche at the trade deadline in 2002, where he spent the remainder of the 2001–02 NHL season. Kasparaitis eventually wound up with the New York Rangers. During the 2005–06 season, he served as an alternate captain of the Rangers, along with Jaromír Jágr and Steve Rucchin, as the Rangers had no captain.

Because the Lithuanian ice hockey team was relatively weak and hadn't ever played in major competitions, Kasparaitis chose to represent Russia in official events. In December 2005, Kasparaitis was chosen to represent Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

At the start of the 2006–07 season, Kasparaitis was replaced as an alternate captain with the Rangers by newly acquired Brendan Shanahan. He was waived by the New York Rangers on January 24, 2007 and subsequently demoted to the Rangers' affiliate in Hartford. Kasparaitis was once again waived by the Rangers prior to the 2007–08 season.

On November 3, 2007, the Rangers announced that Kasparaitis had been loaned to SKA St. Petersburg of the then-Russian Superleague (RSL), now the KHL. The deal was made possible due to a lack of a transfer agreement between Russia and North America at the time. However, the Rangers retained his NHL rights.

Kasparaitis left an enduring impression with Ranger fans with the team salute that he created. After every Rangers home win, Kasparaitis would direct the players to center ice and have the whole team follow in saluting the fans by raising their sticks in the air before departing the ice. The tradition is still carried on by the Rangers for every home win.[4]

Kasparaitis continued to play for SKA Saint Petersburg in the 2008–09 season. In 26 games, he contributed a single assist.

In the 2009–10 season, he did not play due to an injury and eventually announced his retirement at the conclusion of the season.[5]

Coaching staff career

On June 19, 2010, Kasparaitis signed as the assistant coach for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[6] The contract expired on December 22, 2010.

Family

Kasparaitis is now a naturalized American citizen. He is the father of five kids. He has a daughter with his first wife Irina, named Elizabeth Marija, who was born on March 19, 1997 in Pittsburgh. He and his second wife, Ingela, divorced in 2006. His current wife is Lisa Carrol and they have twin daughters, Liv and Lilly, born on September 3, 2008 in Stockholm and two sons, Marley, born on August 19, 2010 in Saint Petersburg and Miles, born on November 11, 2014 in Miami. They share their time between South Florida and Stockholm.

Verzasca Group

In early 2015, Kasparaitis co-founded the Verzasca Group,[7] a Florida based real estate development company, of which he holds the title as president.[8] They took the name Verzasca from the Swiss river,[9] because of the "transparency that the firm strives to bring to both its investors and its development partners."[7]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Dynamo Moscow USSR 3 0 0 0 0  —  —  —  —  —
1989–90 Dynamo Moscow USSR 1 0 0 0 0  —  —  —  —  —
1990–91 Dynamo Moscow USSR 17 0 1 1 10  —  —  —  —  —
1991–92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 31 2 10 12 14  —  —  —  —  —
1992–93 Dynamo Moscow IHL 7 1 3 4 8  —  —  —  —  —
1992–93 New York Islanders NHL 79 4 17 21 166 18 0 5 5 31
1993–94 New York Islanders NHL 76 1 10 11 142 4 0 0 0 8
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 13 0 1 1 22  —  —  —  —  —
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 46 1 7 8 93  —  —  —  —  —
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 5 5 16  —  —  —  —  —
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 2 16 18 84 5 0 0 0 6
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 4 8 12 127 5 0 0 0 8
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 1 4 5 70  —  —  —  —  —
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 3 12 15 146 11 1 1 2 10
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 16 19 111 17 1 1 2 26
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 2 12 14 123  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 0 0 19 21 0 3 3 18
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 80 3 11 14 85  —  —  —  —  —
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 44 1 9 10 48  —  —  —  —  —
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 28 1 3 4 118 3 0 0 0 6
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 67 0 6 6 97 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 24 2 2 4 30  —  —  —  —  —
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 12 0 3 3 8  —  —  —  —  —
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 1 0 1 4  —  —  —  —  —
2007–08 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 33 1 4 5 83 8 0 2 2 4
2008–09 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 26 0 1 1 34  —  —  —  —  —
RSL/KHL totals 146 5 22 27 267 11 0 2 2 55
NHL totals 863 27 136 163 1379 83 2 10 12 107

International

Medal record
Competitor for  Russia &  CIS & Soviet Union
Winter Olympics
1992 Albertville Ice hockey
1998 Nagano Ice hockey
2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
1992 Ice hockey
1991 Ice Hockey
European Junior Championships
1990 Ice Hockey
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Soviet Union WJC 6 1 3 4 16
1992 CIS WJC 7 1 5 6 8
1992 CIS Oly 8 0 2 2 2
1992 Russia WC 5th 6 2 1 3 4
1996 Russia WC 4th 8 0 2 2 2
1996 Russia WCH SF 5 0 2 2 14
1998 Russia Oly 6 0 2 2 6
2002 Russia Oly 6 1 0 1 4
2004 Russia WCH 5th 4 0 1 1 8
2006 Russia Oly 4th 8 0 2 2 8
Junior totals 13 2 8 10 24
Senior totals 51 3 12 15 50

Transactions

Awards

  • 1990: European Junior Championship All-Star Team
  • 1992: World Junior Championships Best Defenseman

References

  1. ^ http://articles.philly.com/1998-03-08/sports/25744123_1_flyers-captain-flyers-debut-janne-niinimaa
  2. ^ Eric Lindros timeline
  3. ^ Eric Lindros' concussion history
  4. ^ "Dinosaur On Ice".  
  5. ^ "Kasparaitis beidz karjeru" (in Russian). parSportu.Iv. 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  6. ^ "КХЛ: Дарюс Каспарайтис станет тренером в СКА" (in Русский and Russian). КХЛ. June 19, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b PR, Newswire (19 Feb 2015). "International Real Estate Developer, Verzasca Group, Enters U.S. Market, Launches Residential Developments In South Florida". The Street. 
  8. ^ Melendez, Eleazar David (19 Feb 2015). "Russian Investors Plan Something Strange for Miami's Luxury-Happy Market: Something More Modest". Daily Business Review. 
  9. ^ Bandell, Brian (19 Feb 2015). "Russian condo developers launch firm with new projects in Miami". Florida Business Journal. 

External links

  • Darius Kasparaitis's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Darius Kasparaitis's player profile at NHL.com
  • Darius Kasparaitis profile at Eurohockey.com
Preceded by
Scott Lachance
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1992
Succeeded by
Todd Bertuzzi
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