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Oct. 3, 1991 (Rangers at Boston Bruins)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Feb. 23, 1997 (Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers)
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE IN RANGERS ORGANIZATION
1991 World Championships in Finland
1996 World Cup of Hockey
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Uniform Numbers: 13
Stanley Cup Champion: 1994
Retired from pro hockey: 2004
The Rangers selected Sergei Nemchinov with the 244th overall pick in the 12th round of the 1990 NHL Draft with the remote hope that he might one day be able to leave the then-Communist Soviet Union to play in the NHL. When that dream became a reality, Nemchinov turned himself into a star, bcoming a solid contributor on the great Ranger teams of the early 1990s.
Nemchinov`s finest offensive season was actually his rookie year, as he scored 30 goals to help the Rangers capture the Presidents` Trophy for having the most points that season.
Two years later, Nemchinov was an integral role player on the Rangers` Stanley Cup team — scoring 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points. He added a pair of goals and five assists in the 1994 playoffs, and along with Alexei Kovalev, became the first Russian player to ever win the Stanley Cup.
Nemchinov skated for three more seasons in New York, never cracking the twenty-goal plateau that he reached his first three seasons. He left the Rangers when he was traded to Vancouver late in the 1996-97 season.
Nemchinov soon returned to the New York area and went on to play for both the Islanders and New Jersey Devils. He played his last to years of professional hockey in Russia before rejoining the Islanders as a pro scout in 2005.
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