Ice hockey player
| March 16, 1967 (age 48)
Arkhangelsk, Soviet Union (1967-03-16) |
60th overall, 1993
National Hockey League, Edmonton Oilers
Aleksandrs Kerčs (born March 16, 1967 in Arkhangelsk, Soviet Union) is a Latvian retired professional ice hockey left winger who played five games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Edmonton Oilers. He also appeared in several World Championships and the 2002 Winter Olympics for the Latvian national team. Previously, he represented the Soviet Union at the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Kerčs enjoyed a lengthy career in European professional leagues, interrupted by a brief stint in North America for the 1993–94 season.
The Edmonton Oilers acquired the third round draft pick of the New York Rangers (60th overall) along with Roman Oksiuta in a trade that saw Kevin Lowe join the Rangers. The Oilers used the pick on Kerčs, a 26-year-old of the Russian Elite League. Kerčs came to North America for the following season, where he spent the majority of the year with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL. He scored at a better than point-per-game clip in the minors, and went pointless in five games with the Oilers. The following year, Kerčs played one game with the Providence Bruins, before returning to Russia.
Kerch played internationally for Latvia between the years 1993-2005, and was part of the team that won the World Championships B-pool in 1996.
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