Evgeny Korolev played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1997-98. Korolev played his first two and half years with the Peterborough Petes before moving to the London Knights for the last half of his final season in the OHL. He was brought in at the trade deadline to help the West Division winning Knights, only two seasons removed from their CHL record breaking season of futility, make a run at the Robertson Cup. London made it to the OHL semi-finals before being swept by the Ottawa 67’s.
Evgeny was drafted by the New York Islanders in the NHL Entry Draft not once but twice. He was selected in the eighth round of the 1996 draft, 192nd overall and again in the seventh round of the 1998 draft, 182nd overall. Over three seasons with the Islanders, from 1999-00 to 2001-02, Korolev played a total of 42 games with New York while spending most of his time in the American Hockey League.
For the 2002-03 season, the Moscow native returned to Russia to play in the Russian Super League. The RSL/KHL has been Korolev’s home ever since. He began this season with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, a team he played with last season as well, but has been picked up by Dynamo Moscow. He played a season for Dynamo in 2005-06, as well.
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