Stonkus has been a member of the Russian National ’84 Team since 2000 and has mainly played on Russia’s second defensive pairing. He was the only defenseman to score a goal at the Five Nations Tournament in Tyumen and has been developing into a solid power play quarterback. He will likely compete at the 2002 U18 WJC. In Russia, his rights are owned by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, a team famous for catching talent early from remote Russian areas and developing them into solid prospects. During the beginning of the 2001-02 season, Lokomotiv loaned Alexei to Elemash Elektrostal – a team that boasts many Team Russia ’84 players. There he got a chance to play in the Upper League and with his Team Russia teammates.
Stonkus is an average sized defenseman. He is a mobile, skilled player with raw talent. At 175 pounds he does not play physical hockey. In order to be able to deliver hard hits, Alexei needs to improve his strength, especially upper body strength. His maturity level is impressive, - he plays with great effort and pose, rarely making mistakes. He is aware at all times where he is on the ice and chooses his positions very well. He is a solid stick handler and skater, though could use a bit more speed . He also possesses an impressive hockey sense and is offensive minded. His appeal is exactly in his offensive potential. He will not be a feared physical presence, but he can develop into a mobile and smart defenseman who quarterbacks the power play and is not a liability in his own end of the ice.