Igor Kuznetsov (ice hockey)
From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Igor Mikhailovich Kuznetsov (Template:Lang-ru; born October 19, 1955) is a former Kazakhstani-German professional ice hockey player. He is currently an executive and founding chairman of the KIMEX and Grazie chain stores.
Igor Kuznetsov is the graduate of Alma-Ata ice hockey school. He began his playing career at the Burevestnik Alma-Ata team. However, his best years he played for Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, when he captained 10 years and was team top scorer three times in 1984-85 (76 points: 43 G, 33 A), 1985-86 (98 points: 53 G, 45 A) and 1988-89 (90 points: 44 G, 46 A) seasons. After Soviet Union collapse, he went to play to Finnish team HPK, where he helped to win bronze medals at SM-liiga in 1991. In 1991, Kuznetsov signed a contract with German team EC Ratingen and helped to promote them to 2nd Bundesliga. He played 43 games and scored 37 goals. Next season he ended his career because of a foot fracture.
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