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Darius Kasparaitis

Player Facts
  • Position
    D
  • Height
    5'10" / 179 cm
  • Weight
    207 lbs / 94 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Contract
    -

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
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1988-89 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 3 0 0 0 0 |
1989-90 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 1 0 0 0 0 |
Soviet Union U18 EJC-18 6 1 6 7 12 |
1990-91 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 17 0 1 1 10 |
Dynamo Moskva-2 Soviet3 16 3 7 10 6 |
Soviet Union U20 WJC-20 6 1 3 4 16 |
1991-92 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 24 1 7 8 8 | Playoffs 7 1 3 4 4
Dynamo Moskva-2 Soviet3 8 2 1 3 8 |
CIS U20 WJC-20 7 1 5 6 4 12 |
Unified Team OG 8 0 2 2 2 |
Russia WC 6 2 1 3 4 |
1992-93 Dynamo Moskva Russia 7 1 3 4 8 |
New York Islanders NHL 79 4 17 21 166 15 | Playoffs 18 0 5 5 31 2
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 76 1 10 11 142 -6 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 8 -6
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 13 0 1 1 22 -11 |
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 46 1 7 8 93 -12 |
Russia WC 8 0 2 2 2 -1 |
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 5 5 16 -7 |
Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 2 16 18 84 24 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0 6 -4
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 4 8 12 127 3 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0 8 -2
Russia OG 6 0 2 2 6 8 |
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 1 4 5 70 12 |
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 3 12 15 146 -12 | Playoffs 11 1 1 2 10 -3
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 16 19 111 11 | Playoffs 17 1 1 2 26 -5
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 69 2 12 14 123 -1 |
Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 0 0 19 1 | Playoffs 21 0 3 3 18 10
Russia “A” OG 6 1 0 1 4 3 |
Russia (all) International 6 1 0 1 4 3 |
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 80 3 11 14 85 5 |
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 44 1 9 10 48 11 |
Russia “A” WCup 4 0 1 1 8 |
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 29 1 3 4 118 8 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 6 0
2005-06 New York Rangers “A” NHL 67 0 6 6 97 7 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0 -1
Russia “A” OG 8 0 2 2 8 1 |
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 24 2 2 4 30 -1 |
Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 12 0 3 3 8 1 |
2007-08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 1 0 1 4 1 |
SKA St. Petersburg Russia 33 1 4 5 80 -1 | Playoffs 8 0 2 2 49 3
2008-09 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 26 0 1 1 34 6 |
2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 |
2010-13 Did not play |
2013-14 Hockey Punks Lithuania 1 1 0 1 12 |
2014-15 Hockey Punks Lithuania 1 1 2 3 0 |
2015-16 Hockey Punks Lithuania 3 2 9 11 0 |
2016-17 Hockey Punks Lithuania 2 2 5 7 0 |
2017-18 Lithuania “A” WC D1B 5 0 2 2 2 5 |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1991-92 CIS Nissan Cup 2 0 0 0 0 |
1992-93 Russia Sauna Cup 3 0 0 0 6 4 |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2010-11 SKA St. Petersburg KHL Asst. Coach Until 2010-12-22
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 16 1 3 4 0.25 12 2 |
EJC-18 6 1 6 7 1.17 12 0 |
International 6 1 0 1 0.17 4 3 |
KHL 26 0 1 1 0.04 34 6 |
Lithuania 7 6 16 22 3.14 12 0 |
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 0 0 |
OG 28 1 6 7 0.25 20 12 |
Russia 69 3 10 13 0.19 206 7 | 11 0 2 2 0.18 55 3
Sauna Cup 3 0 0 0 0.00 6 4 |
Soviet 45 1 8 9 0.20 18 0 | 7 1 3 4 0.57 4 0
Soviet3 24 5 8 13 0.54 14 0 |
WC 14 2 3 5 0.36 6 -1 |
WC D1B 5 0 2 2 0.40 2 5 |
WCup 4 0 1 1 0.25 8 0 |
WJC-20 13 2 8 10 0.77 20 12 |
Media and Articles
Date Article Website
12/06/2017 Darius Kasparaitis greatesthockeylegends.com
11/18/2017 Kasparaitis is playing for more than a paycheck thehockeywriters.com
11/11/2017 Kasparaitis back on stage wmib2018.iihf.hockey
03/25/2016 Anyone can learn a simple lesson about money from a former NHL player who blew through ove businessinsider.com
02/26/2016 Catching up with Darius Kasparaitis pensburgh.com
01/17/2016 Darius Kasparaitis putting retirement on hold to join Lithuanian national team thehockeynews.com
04/03/2015 Darius Kasparaitis: Stories from a life in hockey slapshotdiaries.com
03/31/2015 Former NHL veteran Darius Kasparaitis is building condos in Miami forbes.com
09/16/2007 Kasparaitis goes from rock bottom to rock hard nytimes.com
11/05/2006 Dinosaur On Ice nymag.com
Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for Lithuania

Cult/Star player for New York Islanders

Cult/Star player for New York Rangers

Cult/Star player for Pittsburgh Penguins

Cult/Star player for Russia

Cult/Star player for SKA St. Petersburg

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)

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