Darius Kasparaitis | #6

Darius Kasparaitis | #6


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Born: October 16,1972
Birth place: Elektrenai, Lithuania


Darius Kasparaitis played 14 seasons in the NHL after being drafted in the 1st round (5th overall) by the New York Islanders in 1992. Kasparaitis played 863 games with four teams – New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, and the New York Rangers.

Kasparaitis quickly established himself as one of the most punishing body-checkers in the NHL and is known as one of the toughest players to ever play for the New York Rangers. He played 215 games for the New York Rangers from 2002-2007 where he brought energy to the both the ice and the locker room. He is credited with starting the NY Rangers post-win “stick salute,” where the players gather in the middle of the ice and raise their sticks to salute the fans.

In 1992, won Olympic gold with the “Unified Team,” which represented 12 of the 15 former Soviet Republics. He represented Russia in the World Championship in 1996, at three more Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006), and in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

After leaving the NHL in 2007, he played two more seasons in the KHL before retiring from professional hockey. He then made a return to hockey in 2013 to play for the top Lithuanian league. Kasparaitis, father of six, recently laced up his skates last year for the 2018 IIHF World Championship for his native country Lithuania.



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