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|Born|| September 6, 1970 |
Zelenograd, Soviet Union
|Died|| September 7, 2011 (aged 41) |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
|Played for|| HC Dynamo Moscow (RSL)|
St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Atlant Mytishchi (KHL)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL/KHL)
|National team||Soviet Union|
|NHL Draft|| 38th overall, 1992|
St. Louis Blues
Igor Borisovich Korolev (September 6, 1970 – September 7, 2011) was a Russian ice hockey centre. He played 700 games in the National Hockey League (NHL), He played for the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Chicago Blackhawks. He also played 329 games in the Russian Superleague (RSL) with HC Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and Metallurg Magnitogorsk, as well as 104 games in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
In 2000, Korolev became a naturalized Canadian citizen. On 7 September 2011, 4:05 P.M. Moscow Time, Korolev was killed in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster. The plane that was carrying the entire roster of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ran off the runway before it took off, hit a tower mast, caught fire and crashed, killing 43 of 45 passengers on board. He was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto after a funeral on September 18, 2011.
- "Remembering Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev". The Hockey News. http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/41690-Remembering-Igor-Korolev-and-Alexander-Karpovtsev.html. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Dozens killed as Russian plane carrying hockey team crashes". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/09/07/russia.plane.crash/. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Igor Korolev’s funeral will be held in Toronto on Sunday". CityNews. http://www.citynews.ca/2011/09/15/igor-korolevs-funeral-will-be-held-in-toronto-on-sunday/. Retrieved 2014-04-18.