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Sergei Gonchar a.k.a. "Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar"

Player Facts
  • Position
    D
  • Height
    6'2" / 188 cm
  • Weight
    209 lbs / 95 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Status
    Retired

Gonchar had seven points in his first season (31 games played) and showed huge potential, as he transferred smoothly to the North American style of hockey. He broke out as a top-notch offensive defenseman in his second season and followed that up with several seasons of high offensive production, including six straight seasons of 30 or more points. Despite his immense talent, Gonchar never won a Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman; the closest he ever got was finishing fourth in voting three times.

Overall, Gonchar was an offensively skilled defenseman with an excellent eye for the game. A good skater with good stickhandling. Had a good opening pass and was generally a good passer. He was a lethal weapon on the power play, a world class player and also played sound defense. With a devastating wrist shot and smooth skating skills, he liked to shoot from the blue line, but he was never very physical player.

Gonchar is a two-time Olympic medal-winner with Russia. He earned a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Games. In addition, Gonchar also competed in the 1993 World Junior Championship, two World Cups and three World Championships.

Team Staff profile of Sergei Gonchar also available

He’s so smart. He knows so much about the game. You just need to listen, and you’ll learn so much from him , Justin Schultz 2017
You look at his track record, over 1,300 games, 800 points. He's had a phenomenal track record at the NHL level, Mike Johnston 2015
He took care of me. He’s a great guy and an unbelievable player. He’s my best friend here, Evgeni Malkin 2013
He’s a very good player, a character player. He’s going to bring a great presence to our dressing room. He’ll help the young kids, Jim Nill 2013
Sergei is an outstanding defenseman with excellent offensive skills, and he will be a tremendous asset to the Penguins organization, Craig Patrick 2005
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1990-91 Mechel Chelyabinsk Soviet2 2 0 0 0 0 |
Traktor Chelyabinsk Soviet 0 0 0 0 0 | Relegation 11 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Traktor Chelyabinsk Soviet 31 1 0 1 6 |
Mechel Chelyabinsk Soviet2 2 0 0 0 2 |
Russia U18 EJC-18 6 1 4 5 8 |
1992-93 Dynamo Moskva Russia 31 1 3 4 70 | Playoffs 10 0 0 0 12
Dynamo Moskva-2 Russia2 3 2 0 2 4 |
Russia U20 WJC-20 7 0 2 2 10 -1 |
1993-94 Dynamo Moskva Russia 44 4 5 9 36 | Playoffs 10 0 3 3 14
Portland Pirates AHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 31 2 5 7 22 4 | Playoffs 7 2 2 4 2 8
Portland Pirates AHL 61 10 32 42 67 39 |
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 78 15 26 41 60 25 | Playoffs 6 2 4 6 4 -1
Russia WCup 4 2 2 4 2 |
Russia (all) International 4 2 2 4 2 |
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 57 13 17 30 36 -11 |
1997-98 Lada Togliatti Russia 7 3 2 5 4 |
Washington Capitals NHL 72 5 16 21 66 2 | Playoffs 21 7 4 11 30 2
Russia OG 6 0 2 2 0 1 |
Russia (all) International 6 0 2 2 0 1 |
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 53 21 10 31 57 1 |
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 73 18 36 54 52 26 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1 6 -3
Russia WC 6 1 0 1 2 0 |
Russia (all) International 6 1 0 1 2 0 |
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 76 19 38 57 70 12 | Playoffs 6 1 3 4 2 0
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 76 26 33 59 58 -1 |
Russia OG 6 0 0 0 2 0 |
Russia (all) International 6 0 0 0 2 0 |
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 82 18 49 67 52 13 | Playoffs 6 0 5 5 4 2
2003-04 Washington Capitals “A” NHL 56 7 42 49 44 -20 |
Boston Bruins NHL 15 4 5 9 12 6 | Playoffs 7 1 4 5 4 -4
Russia WCup 4 1 2 3 6 |
Russia (all) International 4 1 2 3 6 |
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 40 2 17 19 54 11 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2 6 -2
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 12 46 58 100 -13 |
Russia OG 8 0 2 2 8 -2 |
Russia (all) International 8 0 2 2 8 -2 |
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 82 13 54 67 72 -5 | Playoffs 5 1 3 4 2 -3
Russia WC 9 1 4 5 4 4 |
Russia (all) International 9 1 4 5 4 4 |
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 78 12 53 65 66 13 | Playoffs 20 1 13 14 8 0
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 25 6 13 19 26 6 | Playoffs 22 3 11 14 12 3
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 62 11 39 50 49 -4 | Playoffs 13 2 10 12 4 4
Russia OG 4 1 0 1 2 1 |
Russia WC 5 0 4 4 0 2 |
Russia (all) International 9 1 4 5 2 3 |
2010-11 Ottawa Senators “A” NHL 67 7 20 27 20 -15 |
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 5 32 37 55 -4 | Playoffs 7 1 3 4 6 1
2012-13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 37 3 26 29 40 19 |
Ottawa Senators NHL 45 3 24 27 26 4 | Playoffs 10 0 6 6 14 -3
2013-14 Dallas Stars NHL 76 2 20 22 20 -12 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0 4 -3
2014-15 Dallas Stars NHL 3 0 1 1 2 -1 |
Montréal Canadiens NHL 45 1 12 13 16 7 |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1997-98 Lada Togliatti Euro HL 1 1 0 1 2 |
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Spengler Cup 4 2 3 5 2 |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Development Coach Defensemen
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Development Coach Defensemen
2017-18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Asst. Coach
2018-19 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Asst. Coach
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 61 10 32 42 0.69 67 39 | 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2
EJC-18 6 1 4 5 0.83 8 0 |
Euro HL 1 1 0 1 1.00 2 0 |
International 52 6 16 22 0.42 26 6 |
KHL 37 3 26 29 0.78 40 19 |
NHL 1301 220 591 811 0.62 981 33 | 141 22 68 90 0.64 102 3
OG 24 1 4 5 0.21 12 0 |
Russia 122 10 27 37 0.30 164 11 | 24 1 4 5 0.21 32 -2
Russia2 3 2 0 2 0.67 4 0 |
Soviet 31 1 0 1 0.03 6 0 | 11 0 0 0 0.00 4 0
Soviet2 4 0 0 0 0.00 2 0 |
Spengler Cup 4 2 3 5 1.25 2 0 |
WC 20 2 8 10 0.50 6 6 |
WCup 8 3 4 7 0.88 8 0 |
WJC-20 7 0 2 2 0.29 10 -1 |
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
10/27/2015
10/27/2015 Confirmed No team Retired
10/03/2015
10/03/2015 Confirmed Pittsburgh Penguins Unknown
08/14/2015
08/14/2015 Confirmed Montréal Canadiens Pittsburgh Penguins
11/11/2014
11/11/2014 Confirmed Dallas Stars Montréal Canadiens
06/10/2013
06/10/2013 Extension Dallas Stars Dallas Stars
06/07/2013
06/07/2013 Confirmed Ottawa Senators Dallas Stars
09/16/2012
09/16/2012 Confirmed Ottawa Senators Metallurg Magnitogorsk
07/01/2010
07/01/2010 Confirmed Pittsburgh Penguins Ottawa Senators
Media and Articles
Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Cult/Star player for Ottawa Senators

Cult/Star player for Pittsburgh Penguins

Cult/Star player for Russia

Cult/Star player for Traktor Chelyabinsk

Cult/Star player for Washington Capitals

Career transactions
- 2015-10-27 • Announces retirement, becoming Pittsburgh Penguins' Defensemen Development Coach
- 2013-06-10 • Re-signed to a two-year contract ($10M) by the Dallas Stars
- 2013-06-07 • Traded to the Dallas Stars for a conditional 2013 6th round pick
- 2012-09-16 • Signed to a lockout contact by Metallurg Magnitogorsk
- 2010-07-01 • Signed to a three-year contract ($16.5M) by the Ottawa Senators
- 2005-08-03 • Signed to a five-year contract ($25M) by the Pittsburgh Penguins
- 2004-09-21 • Signed to a lockout contact by Metallurg Magnitogorsk
- 2004-08-03 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Boston Bruins
- 2004-03-03 • Traded to the Boston Bruins for Shaone Morrisonn & 2004 1st (Jeff Schultz) & 2nd (Mikhail Yunkov) round picks


Gonchar met his future wife, Xenia Smetanenko, then a figure skater for Armenia, at the 1998 Nagano Olympic games.

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