Sergei Gonchar began his professional hockey career in Russia in 1991 playing with both Traktor Chelyabinsk and later playing for Dynamo Moscow.
He was drafted 14th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals where he went on to showcase his talents as an offensive defenceman. He became the first Russian defenceman to score 20 or more goals in regular season play.
He was selected to the NHL All-Star Team four times as well as the Second All-Star Team twice.
In March of 2004, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Shaonne Morrison as well as Boston’s first and second round choices in the 2004 Entry Draft.
He was signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh in August of 2005.
In 2006-07 season he had a career-high 67 points (13 goals, 54 assists). The following season he finished fourth in Norris trophy voting for the leagues best defenceman.
2010-2011 season saw Sergei reach the 1000 game plateau as well as reaching 700 points in his career.
The Ottawa Senators signed him to a three-year, $16 million contract including a “no trade” clause on July 1, 2010. Now in his last year of that contract, Gonchar should make approximately $5.5 million this year but has been rumored to return to Pittsburgh after the lockout. During the lockout, Gonchar played with the Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the KHL.