Alexei Viktorovich Kasatonov


Position: defenseman
Shoots: L 
Height: 6-01  Weight: 215 
Born: 10/14/1959 in Leningrad, USSR
NHL Draft: Selected by the New Jersey Devils in 1983 #225 overall

Olympic medals: 2x Gold (1984, 1988); 1x Silver (1980)
Junior World Champion: 3x (1977, 1978, 1979)
World Champion: 5x (1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989)
Canada Cup Winner: 1x (1981)
Winner SSSR Championship: 11x


  • All-star Team World Championships: 5x (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991)
  • All-star Team Canada Cup: 1x (1981)
Biography [Source:] Defenseman Alexei Kasatonov was one of the top blue liners in Russia throughout the 1980's. In 1981, when the Russians won the Canada Cup, Kasatonov was named to the tournament All-Star Team. That year he also was named a Russian All-Star a feat he would repeat in each of the next seven seasons. In that stretch he also participated in three Olympic tournaments and won two gold's and a silver, won five World Championships and 11 National Titles in the Soviet Union. Throughout this time he was paired with Russian legend Slava Fetisov and many hockey observers considered them to be the best defensive pair outside of the NHL.

When Russian players were finally allowed to play in the National Hockey League Kasatonov, by this time 30 years old, made the leap. He went to New Jersey to join the Devils, and had an immediate comfort level because Fetisov also joined the club at the same time. In 1990-91, Kasatonov posted a career-best 41 points for the Devils then followed it up the next year by scoring 12 goals, also a best, and 40 points. However when he slipped to just 17 points the following year the Devils felt that perhaps the veteran had begun to fade. That summer they left Kasatonov available in the league expansion draft and he was a no-brainer pick for the new Anaheim franchise.

In Anaheim he joined the Mighty Ducks and lent the team great leadership while chipping in 22 points in 55 games. While his first season in California drew to a close many clubs in search of an upgrade on their defense for the playoffs began to contact the Ducks. With Kasatonov's contract due to expire and the Ducks well out of the playoffs, a trade made sense. At the deadline Anaheim traded Kasatonov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Maxim Bets and a draft pick.

Kasatonov played the final eight games of the 1993-94 season with the Blues and managed two assists. Despite scoring two goals in the playoffs for St. Louis, he couldn't avoid the club's early exit in four straight games.

As a free agent that summer Kasatonov was free to chose whatever team he wanted and he elected to go to Boston. With the Bruins he teamed with Canadian defensive legend Ray Bourque but after playing the lock out year with Boston his play began to tail off. After scoring just one point in 19 games for the Bruins in 1995-96 he was assigned to the minors. Kasatonov played 16 games for Providence of the American Hockey League and chipped in nine points before deciding to return to his homeland.

The 1996-97 was spent with his former club team back in Russia, and while it was successful, it was also the final year of his illustrious playing career.

With his playing days behind him, Kasatonov remained involved with the game by working with the Russian Hockey Federation. He served as the General Manager of the 1998 Olympic team that captured the silver medal in Nagano, Japan.

Kasatonov also received the great tribute of being named an "Honoured Master of Sport" in Russia.



USSR ChampionshipsRegular Season / Playoffs
1976-77SKA Leningrad 70000
1977-78SKA Leningrad 35471115
1978-79CSKA Moscow 405141930
1979-80CSKA Moscow 37581326
1980-81CSKA Moscow 4710122238
1981-82CSKA Moscow 4612273945
1982-83CSKA Moscow 4412193137
1983-84CSKA Moscow 3912243620
1984-85CSKA Moscow 4018183626
1985-86CSKA Moscow 406172327
1986-87CSKA Moscow 4013173016
1987-88CSKA Moscow 43812208
1988-89CSKA Moscow 41814228
1989-90CSKA Moscow 30671316
1994-95CSKA Moscow 92356
1996-97CSKA Moscow 383202368
USSR Totals 576124219343386 
National Team
1977Junior World Championship 63146
1978Junior World Championship 71232
1979Junior World Championship 63476
1980Olympic Games 72578
1981World Championship 7110118
1981Canada Cup 7110118
1982World Championship 100336
1983World Championship 101101114
1984Olympic Games 73360
1984Canada Cup 61452
1985World Championship 9551019
1986World Championship 103476
1987World Championship 103588
1987Canada Cup 91454
1988Olympic Games 72686
1989World Championship 102022
1991World Championship 103368
National Team Totals
(including other tournaments)
NHLRegular SeasonPlayoffs
1989-90New Jersey Devils 396152116603314
1990-91New Jersey Devils 7810314176713410
1991-92New Jersey Devils 7612284070711212
1992-93New Jersey Devils 63314175740000
1993-94Anaheim Mighty Ducks 554182243----------
1993-94St Louis Blues 80221942022
1994-95Boston Bruins 44214163350002
1995-96Boston Bruins 1910112----------
NHL Totals 3833812216032633471140