Sunday, November 4, 2012

Igor Karpenko

1 NHL Game

January 5, 1999 Calgary Flames vs Pittsburgh Penguins. 1-5 loss.

   Ukrainian goalie Igor Karpenko was first noticed by NHL scouts when he was named to the 1995 World Junior Championship All-Star team after a heroic performance with Ukraine. A few months later he was drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The Ducks never offered Karpenko a contract, he came to North America on a tryout with the Las Vegas Thunder. Late into the 1997/98 season the Calgary Flames were riddled with injuries in net, leaving their AHL club in Saint John heavily depleted. The baby Flames signed Karpenko to a tryout and he impressed the club so much that during the offseason Calgary signed him to a minor league contract.

   The Calgary Flames started the year of 1999 with a pile of injured goaltenders. With Ken Wregget, Tyler Moss, JS Giguere and Andrei Trefilov all on injured reserve the Flames recalled Igor Karpenko to backup fellow rookie Tyrone Garner. Karpenko was playing for the Saint John Flames in New Brunswick. He flew from there to Halifax, Nova Scotia to Boston and then finally to Pittsburgh to meet up with the Flames as they played the Penguins. Flames' Director of Hockey Administration, Mike Burke, met Karpenko at the airport with a standard NHL players contract. Karpenko was signed and got to the game just in time for puck drop. His gear, however, was lost somewhere along the way. Karpenko was actually forced to use the injured Andrei Trefilov's gear. Karpenko earned two days of NHL salary for his one night duty and was soon back in the minors. Following Karpenko's only appearance with the Flames they decided to look outside their system and signed NHL veteran Fred Brathwaite, who was coming off a strong Spengler Cup with Team Canada, to a one-year contract. With Brathwaite now in the system Karpenko was sent back to minors and was never again recalled to the NHL. (1) 

  • Wore #29 with Calgary Flames

Career stats from
Born  -- Kiev, Ukraine 
Height 5.08 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots L
Selected by Anaheim Mighty Ducks round 8 #185 overall 1995 NHL Entry Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1996-97Port Huron Border CatsCoHL23312114867203.509915400.890302
1996-97Las Vegas ThunderIHL30013412005.38020460.793---
1997-98Port Huron Border CatsUHL56183186200103.772723615400.885310
1997-98Saint John FlamesAHL4022253020.802111280.977---
1998-99Saint John FlamesAHL2312120769403.4351035610.890200
1998-99Johnstown ChiefsECHL72036920103.254301740.897---
1999-00Chelyabinsk MechelRussia1904
2000-01Magnitogorsk MetallurgRussia3022
2002-03Magnitogorsk MetallurgRussia4104300
2003-04Magnitogorsk MetallurgRussia2110115343012.243980.903100
2004-05Tver MVDRus-145180
(1) Eric Duhatschek. Calgary Herald. Jan.6/1999. 

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