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Darius Kasparaitis
Darius Kasparaitis
Defenseman
(KAZ-puhr-IGH-tihz)
Number: 6
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 16, 1972
Birthplace: Elektrenai, Lithuania
Hometown: Elektrenai, Lithuania
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 2, 2002.
Drafted: NYI / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (5th overall)

Darius Kasparaitis
Position Defense
Height 5'11" Weight 215lbs.
Shoots Left
Born October 16, 1972
Birthplace Elektrenai, Lithuania

2005-06: Appeared in 67 games with the Rangers, registering six assists Led the team with 97 penalty minutes Led the team and tied for ninth in the NHL with 195 hits Missed eight games due to a groin injury suffered on Mar. 20 vs. Boston Assisted on Tom Poti's game-winning goal on Feb. 10 vs. Toronto Recorded seven hits and three blocked shots on Feb. 8 vs. Ottawa Missed three games due to a grade one sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee suffered in the warm up prior to the game on Jan. 14 at Detroit Skated in his 800th career NHL game on Dec. 3 at Washington Posted a season-high plus-three rating, along with four hits and two blocked shots on Oct. 13 vs. New Jersey ... Appeared in two playoff games ... Was a member of Team Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy where he had two assists along with eight penalty minutes in eight games.

NHL CAREER: Has skated in 839 career regular season contests with the Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, registering 25 goals and 134 assists for 159 points, along with 1,349 penalty minutes. 1992-93: Appeared in 79 games with the New York Islanders during his rookie campaign, registering four goals and 17 assists, along with a career-high 166 penalty minutes Ranked second on the team with a plus-15 rating and 166 penalty minutes Tallied his first NHL goal on Oct. 27 vs. Los Angeles (Kelly Hrudey) Made his NHL debut on Oct. 6 at New Jersey ... Skated in all 18 postseason contests, registering five assists. 1993-94: Registered one goal and 10 assists in 76 games, along with 142 penalty minutes. 1994-95: Skated in 13 games, recording one assist before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee on Feb. 20 at Montreal, causing him to miss the rest of the season. 1995-96: Tallied one goal and seven assists in 46 games, along with 93 penalty minutes Missed the first 15 games of the season recovering from right knee surgery Named by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association as the Islanders nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy Suffered severed tendons in his right hand on Dec. 9 at New Jersey, causing him to miss 16 games. 1996-97: Skated in 75 games with the Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering two goals and 21 assists, along with 100 penalty minutes Established career-highs with 21 assists, 23 points and a plus-17 rating Began the season with the Islanders, appearing in 18 games and recording five assists before being dealt to Pittsburgh, along with Andreas Johansson, on Nov. 17 in exchange for Bryan Smolinski Tallied two goals and 16 assists in 57 games with Pittsburgh, along with 84 penalty minutes. 1997-98: Appeared in a career-high 81 games in his first full season in Pittsburgh, recording four goals and eight assists, along with 127 penalty minutes Ranked third in the NHL and first on the team with 225 hits Matched his career-high with four goals. 1998-99: Registered one goal and four assists, along with 70 penalty minutes in 48 games Missed the first eight games of the season following a knee injury suffered in pre-season and sat out the final 21 games of the season after re-injuring the knee on Mar. 5 vs. Edmonton Ranked first on the team and 37th in the NHL with 173 hits. 1999-00: Appeared in 73 games, registering three goals and 12 assists, along with 146 penalty minutes Ranked first on the team and eighth in the NHL with 261 hits Ranked first on the team with 119 blocked shots. 2000-01: Skated in 77 games, registering three goals and 16 assists, along with 111 penalty minutes Ranked first on the team and third in the NHL with 351 hits Placed first on the team and 32nd in the NHL with 124 blocked shots Ranked first on the team with 26 playoff penalty minutes Skated in 17 postseason games, helping Pittsburgh reach the Eastern Conference Finals Tallied the game-winning goal in overtime of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 10 at Buffalo. 2001-02: Skated in 80 games with Pittsburgh and the Colorado Avalanche, registering two goals and 12 assists, along with 142 penalty minutes Ranked second in the NHL with 373 hits Began the season with Pittsburgh, registering 14 points, along with 123 penalty minutes prior to his trade Acquired by Colorado on Mar. 19 in exchange for Rick Berry and Ville Nieminen Skated in 11 games with Colorado Appeared in 21 postseason contests with Colorado, registering three assists, along with 18 penalty minutes Ranked first on the team and second in the NHL post-season with 112 hits. 2002-03: Appeared in 80 games, registering three goals and 11 assists, along with 85 penalty minutes ... Tallied his first goal as a Ranger on Dec. 28 at Florida, netting the game-winner in a 2-1 overtime victory ... Registered his first point as a Ranger on Oct. 17 at Buffalo ... Made his Rangers debut on Oct. 9 at Carolina. 2003-04: Appeared in 44 games, registering
one goal and nine assists ... Missed the final 36 games of the season after suffering a left knee injury on Jan. 19 at Boston ... Underwent surgery to perform a re-section of the right clavicle on Mar. 24.

RUSSIAN CAREER: Spent parts of five seasons with Moscow Dynamo of the Russian League from 1988-89 to 1992-93, skating in 59 career games, registering three goals and 14 assists for 17 points, along with 32 penalty minutes. 2004-05: Skated in 28 games for Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Hockey League, registering one goal and three assists, along with 118 penalty minutes Skated in three postseason contests for Ak Bars Kazan Appeared in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey for Russia, registering one assist and eight penalty minutes in four outings.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Has worn several national team jerseys during his career (USSR, CIS, Lithuania, Russia), participating in numerous international tournaments Captured a gold medal with the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France ... Helped lead Russia to a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan Made his third career Olympic appearance for Team Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, helping Russia capture the bronze medal Participated twice in the World Junior Championships, capturing a silver medal in 1991 in Saskatoon and a gold medal in 1992 in Germany Has twice skated in the World Hockey Championships in 1992 and 1996 and the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

BACKGROUND: Lists his hobbies as fishing, cars and travel ... Sites his most memorable game as Game Seven of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, where he tallied the game-winning overtime goal vs. Buffalo ... Single; daughter, Elizabeth.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 20, 1992 - Islanders' first round choice, fifth overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Nov. 17, 1996 - Traded to Pittsburgh from the Islanders, along with Andreas Johansson, in exchange for Bryan Smolinski. Mar. 19, 2002 - Traded to Colorado from Pittsburgh in exchange for Rick Berry and Ville Nieminen. July 2, 2002 - Signed as a free agent with the Rangers.

CAREER STATISTICS
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Club 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 - - - - -
CIS Olympics 8 0 2 2 2 - - - - -
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow CIS 7 1 3 4 8 - - - - -
NY Islanders NHL 79 4 17 21 166 18 0 5 5 31
1993-94 NY Islanders NHL 76 1 10 11 142 4 0 0 0 8
1994-95 NY Islanders NHL 13 0 1 1 22 - - - - -
1995-96 NY Islanders NHL 46 1 7 8 93 - - - - -
1996-97 NY Islanders NHL 18 0 5 5 16 - - - - -
Pittsburgh NHL 57 2 16 18 84 5 0 0 0 6
1997-98 Pittsburgh NHL 81 4 8 12 127 5 0 0 0 8
Russia Olympics 6 0 2 2 6 - - - - -
1998-99 Pittsburgh NHL 48 1 4 5 70 - - - - -
1999-00 Pittsburgh NHL 73 3 12 15 146 11 1 1 2 10
2000-01 Pittsburgh NHL 77 3 16 19 111 17 1 1 2 26
2001-02 Pittsburgh NHL 69 2 12 14 123 - - - - -
Russia Olympics 6 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
Colorado NHL 11 0 0 0 19 21 0 3 3 18
2002-03 Rangers NHL 80 3 11 14 85 - - - - -
2003-04 Rangers NHL 44 1 9 10 48 - - - - -
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 28 1 3 4 118 3 0 0 0 8
2005-06 Rangers NHL 67 0 6 6 97 2 0 0 0 0
Russia Olympics 8 0 2 2 8 - - - - -
NHL Totals 839 25 134 159 1349 83 2 10 12 107
Rangers Totals 191 4 26 30 230 2 0 0 0 0

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
SEASON PPG SHG GWG +/- SH SH% TF F% H BS MIN
1992-93 0 0 0 15 92 4.3 - - - - -
1993-94 0 0 0 -6 81 1.2 - - - - -
1994-95 0 0 0 -11 8 0.0 - - - - -
1995-96 0 0 0 -12 34 2.9 - - - - -
1996-97 0 0 0 17 58 3.5 - - - - -
1997-98 0 2 0 3 71 5.6 - - - - -
1998-99 0 0 0 12 32 3.1 0 0.0 173 48 16:01
1999-00 1 0 1 -12 76 3.9 0 0.0 261 119 18:07
2000-01 1 0 0 11 81 3.7 0 0.0 351 124 19:14
2001-02 0 0 0 0 81 2.5 1 0.0 373 153 20:25
2002-03 0 0 1 5 84 3.6 0 0.0 - - 18:54
2003-04 0 0 0 11 29 3.4 0 0.0 - - 16:23
2005-06 0 0 0 7 48 0.0 0 0.0 195 113 17:28
Totals 2 2 2 40 775 3.4 1 0.0 1353 557 18:17

LAST TIME
Last PPG: 10/21/00 vs. CBJ (Tugnutt)
Last SHG: 4/11/98 vs. Fla. (Vanbiesbrouck)
Last GWG: 12/28/02 at Fla. (Hurme)
Last Multiple-Goal Game: None
SCORING STREAKS
Longest Point Streak: 3, (three times),
last - 12/30 - 1/7/00 (one goal, two assists)
Longest Goal Streak: 1 (25 times)
Longest Assist Streak: 3, 3/31 - 4/5/97
(three assists)

CAREER SCORING AND MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS
SCORING vs. NHL
Team GP G A PTS
Anaheim 16 0 5 5
Atlanta 21 0 4 4
Boston 42 0 5 5
Buffalo 40 3 9 12
Calgary 18 0 2 2
Carolina 46 2 6 8
Chicago 17 0 3 3
Colorado 24 1 6 7
Columbus 6 1 0 1
Dallas 15 1 0 1
Detroit 18 0 3 3
Edmonton 17 0 0 0
Florida 40 3 5 8
Los Angeles 19 2 2 4
Minnesota 6 0 0 0
Montreal 48 1 3 4
Nashville 10 0 1 1
New Jersey 52 2 8 10
Islanders 41 1 6 7
Rangers 35 0 7 7
Ottawa 40 2 6 8
Philadelphia 51 0 10 10
Phoenix 18 0 1 1
Pittsburgh 28 0 6 6
St. Louis 17 2 3 5
San Jose 21 0 6 6
Tampa Bay 41 1 10 11
Toronto 32 2 6 8
Vancouver 16 0 5 5
Washington 44 1 6 7
TOTALS 839 25 134 159

ALL-STAR GAME SCORING
Year Club GP G A PTS
None


CAREER HAT TRICKS
Date Opponent Site Goaltender
None


CAREER PENALTY SHOTS
Date Opponent Site Goaltender Result
None


CAREER Shootout Statstics
goals total shots shot% GDG
0 0 0 0

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND MILESTONES
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
MOST GOALS, GAME: 1, (25 times),
last - Dec. 20, 2003 at Ott. (Lalime)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (nine times),
last - Dec. 22, 2003 vs. Bos.
MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, (14 times),
last - Dec. 22, 2003 vs. Bos.
MOST PIM, GAME: 26, Nov. 4, 1993 at Chi.
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 7, Dec. 23, 1999 vs. T.B.
FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 6, 1992 at N.J.
FIRST NHL GOAL: Oct. 27, 1992 vs. L.A. (Hrudey)
MILESTONES IN SIGHT
GAMES: 61 games to 900
GOALS: 5 goals to 30
ASSISTS: 16 assists to 150
POINTS: 41 points to 200