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Player Profile: Aleksandr Volkov

Player Profile: Aleksandr Volkov

Aleksandr Volkov is a professional hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Rockets of IHA.

Volkov was born in Moscow, Russia, the youngest of four children for his parents, Sergei and Oksana. His oldest brother, Sergei as well, was already playing hockey when Aleks was born. Sergei was a formidable player and the younger Volkov brothers, Mischa and Aleks, aspired to be like him. Their sister, Faina, also played hockey; she would later be selected to the Russian Women’s Olympic team.

When Aleks was thirteen, he and Sergei were involved in a serious car accident on their way back from the family dacha outside of Moscow. Aleks remained in hospital for two months, eventually recovering well enough to play hockey again. Sergei, however, was left paralyzed from the waist down. Severe pain limited his ability to play even sledge hockey.

Since the accident effectively ended his brother’s playing career, Volkov dedicated his own career to his eldest brother, seeking to be the best. Having always looked up to Sergei, Volkov aspired to lofty heights in order to “best” his elder brother.

Volkov had natural playing talent. A natural left-winger, he was noted by scouts early on for his quick release and heavy shot. A true sniper, Volkov put up phenomenal numbers during his junior career, earning him the number one draft spot. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Rockets, who had landed the top pick of the draft.

Quick Facts
Birthdate: September 22 (Age: 26)
Height: 6’5 (196 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Draft: 1st overall (Pittsburgh Rockets; 1st round)
Teams: Pittsburgh Rockets
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Volkov has spent his entire IHA career with the Pittsburgh team. He seemed to have relatively little trouble adapting to the smaller rinks of North America and the faster pace of play, effectively putting up the same numbers almost every season.

Volkov is a remarkably durable player, missing no games until his fourth season, when he missed a game due to the flu. The following season, he missed six games with a balky knee, an injury that continues to plague him. Nonetheless, he has remained relatively injury-free for the majority of his career.

Volkov has been criticized for having a “lax” attitude, especially with regard to practice, which he routinely skipped during his first few seasons. However, the Rockets coaching staff have worked with him to stress the importance of practice in maintaining fitness and preventing injury, which has improved his attendance. His captaincy has been widely criticized by some who feel he is unready to lead the team.

International Play

Volkov is considered one of Russia’s elite players. He was selected for the World Juniors team every year he was eligible, followed by the World Championship team. He has captained both teams, and was alternate captain before that. He served as an alternate captain on the Russian Men’s Olympic team, winning bronze during the tournament.

Personal Life

Volkov splits time between Pittsburgh and Moscow, where his parents and sister still live. His brother Mischa lives in Washington, DC, serving in the Russian embassy. Volkov’s brother Sergei lives with him in Pittsburgh, taking advantage of the advanced medical facilities at UPMC. Volkov has said one of his biggest dreams is to see his brother walk again. The Volkov family supports victims of car accidents and frequently donates to organizations that support disabled athletes.

Off the ice, Volkov has a reputation as being something of a party animal, frequenting bars and nightclubs around Pittsburgh. His personal and affable style makes him appealing to sponsors and he frequently does radio and television spots, as well as cameos in Russian documentaries, films, and music videos. He has been linked to several women, including model Katya Mironova, actress Tatiana Chekov, pop singer Laika, and socialite Oksana Burakovsky.

Scoring

IHA

Season
Age TM GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH
1 18 PIT 82 50 62 112 -1 38 25 20 5 20 31 29 2
2 19 PIT 81 56 62 118 -3 48 27 25 4 21 40 20 2
3 20 PIT 80 54 67 121 -4 40 25 25 4 22 47 18 2
4 21 PIT 76 52 67 119 -2 32 26 24 2 26 47 19 1
5 22 PIT 81 57 60 117 0 48 25 29 3 22 30 25 5
6 23 PIT 82 59 62 121 +1 48 29 25 5 24 37 25 0
7 24 PIT 79 49 60 109 -1 36 29 18 2 18 37 23 0
8 25 PIT 76 44 54 98 +2 30 22 20 2 16 29 22 3
9 26 PIT 82 65 60 125 0 40 35 25 5 30 35 20 5
Career
719 486 554 1,040 -8 360 243 211 32 199 333 201 20

International Play

LG Age TM GP G A PTS +/- PIM
WJ 16 RUS 7 7 14 21 -1 12
WJ 17 RUS 7 6 10 16 -2 18
WJ 18 RUS 7 6 11 17 -5 16
WC 18 RUS 7 7 12 19 +1 14
WC 19 RUS 4 7 8 15 0 12
WC 20 RUS 5 9 8 17 0 12
WC 21 RUS 6 8 8 16 +1 10
WC 22 RUS 7 5 7 12 -1 12
O 22 RUS 6 6 7 13 +2 10
WC 23 RUS 8 8 6 14 +2 8
WC 24 RUS 7 5 8 13 -1 8
WC 25 RUS 4 3 5 8 -3 2
WC 26 RUS 4 3 5 8 -2 2
0 26 RUS 7 9 4 13 -1 12
Career 86 89 113 202 -10 148

Awards and Honors

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