ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Blues have re-signed defenseman Alexander Khavanov, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Birmingham and Raleigh. Peoria is the ECHL affiliate of St. Louis.
In his first professional season in 1992-93, Khavanov scored three points (0g-03a) in 19 regular season games with Birmingham and six points (0g-6a) in 17 games with Raleigh.
Selected in the eighth round (232nd overall) by St. Louis in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 32-year-old Khavanov scored 10 points (3g-7a) in 48 games with the Blues in 2003-04, missing 29 games due to injury.
In 2002-03, the 6-1 and 192-pound Khavanov played in 81 games for St. Louis and set career highs with eight goals, 25 assists and 33 points. Named to the Russian 2004 World Cup Team, Khavanov has scored 90 points (21g-69a) in 284 regular season NHL games and 10 points (5g-5a) in 26 postseason games, all with St. Louis.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. In 2003-04 there were 40 players that played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, surpassing the high of 27 players in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze. On his day with the Stanley Cup, Heinze took hockey’s most treasured trophy to visit his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home of the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.