Alexandre Volchkov was born in Moscow, Russia and played his major junior hockey with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Considered a prolific scorer in the OHL, Volchkov was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round, #4 overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The first couple of years of Alexandre's pro career saw him playing in the minors with the Portland Pirates and Cincinnati Cyclones. He got his first glimpse of the NHL in 1999-2000 season playing in 3 games, though not registering any points. This would unfortunately be his only stint in the big league as he was sent back down to the AHL. In 2001 he returned to Russia and played in his homeland until the 2002-03 season.