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12. Alexander Mogilny

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Alexander Mogilny

Alexander Mogilny may not go down as the best player (though he is up there) to come from Russia but he may be the one who broke down the most barriers in the NHL. Mogilny was the first player from the Soviet Union to defect to the west, the first Russian to make an NHL All Star Team, and the first European to be an NHL captain. Mogilny was a brilliant scorer whose whopping 76 goals led the league in the 1992-93 season. Although hip injuries prevented him keeping that scoring touch late in his career, “Alexander the Great” went down as the second leading Russian scorer in NHL history and is a select member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold and Stanley Cup). It shouldn’t be a surprise if Alexander Mogilny is the next Russian to enter the Hall.

 

 

 

 




The Bullet Points:

 


Country of Origin:

Khabarovsk, Soviet Union (Russia)

 


Eligible Since:

2009

 


Position:

Right Wing

 


Played for:

Team Soviet Union

CSKA Moscow (Red Army)

Buffalo Sabres

Vancouver Canucks

New Jersey Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs

Team Russia (1996 World Cup)

 


Major Accolades and Awards:

Lady Byng Trophy (2003)

NHL All Star 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001 & 2003

Olympic Gold Medal (1988) Soviet Union

Stanley Cup Ring (2000) New Jersey

Should Alexander Mogilny be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 75%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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+2 #1 Grant 2013-03-22 20:01
Forever the real Alexander the great! Could score with the best. Then later in his carrer, create plays like the best! Real class guy all around.... Why was he not a first year ballot?
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+2 #2 Brian V 2013-05-07 16:36
Considering he was also one of the first great young Russians to come into the NHL this guy has to go in too.
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+2 #3 Matthew J. 2013-06-15 16:14
Let's look at this objectively...
As the article says, he was a 6-time all-star, and a 2-time 2nd Team All-Star; he would've won the Richard for his 76-goals in 92-93 had the award existed; he was PPG in 8 of his 16 seasons, as well as PPG in his career (1,032 Pts. in 990 GP); won the Cup in 2000, and his WC and Olympic Gold Medals put him in the Triple Gold club; 2003 Lady Byng award... All signs point to yes; IMO Mogilny should be in the Hall of Fame.
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+1 #4 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 04:56
Great skater. Should be in soon.
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