Full name: Alexei Yurievich Zhamnov
Last team: Boston Bruins
Height: 6’1”/185 cm
Weight: 204 lbs/92 kg
Born: September 30, 1970 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Winnipeg Jets in 4th round (77th overall) of the 1990 Entry Draft
Strengths: Alexei Zhamnov played like a prototypical Russian center – patient, skilled with the puck, and with excellent passing abilities. He scored many impressive goals in his career.
Weaknesses: Despite his size, Zhamnov was not physical enough. Also, with his talent, he sometimes didn’t play to his full ability when under pressure.
Biography: As a boy, Alexei Zhamnov was an average student and not very disciplined. He had a fun childhood with hockey being his #1 passion. He was lucky to be noticed by a trainer from the Dynamo organization when practising in a backyard. Alexei was invited to the Dynamo sports school, where he developed his hockey skills and was a productive center. He was drafted to the NHL in 1990, but left two years later, after earning three Soviet league championships with Dynamo (1990-92), a silver medal at the World Juniors, participation at the Canada Cup, and gold medals at the 1991 World Championship and the 1992 Olympics. The Alexei arrived in North America as one of the best young Russian forwards. On the Winnipeg Jets, he enjoyed being the playmaking centre to star snipers Keith Tkachuk and Teemu Selanne. On April 1, 1995, Zhamnov scored five goals in one game and finished third in NHL scoring that season. Next year he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for fan favourite Jeremy Roenick. Zhamnov felt the pressure to be as great a player in Chicago. In 2002, Alexei became the first European captain of the Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Chicago made the NHL playoffs only once with Zhamnov. Internationally, Zhamnov played for Russia at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, winning silver and bronze medals in addition to his gold from 1992. He later hinted that he was done playing for Russia. In 2004, Zhamnov was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he was a crucial part of their offense. During the NHL lockout, Zhamnov played for Vityaz Chekhov in Russia’s second league. He was briefly a Boston Bruin before retiring due to injury. Alexei then returned to Russia to be the general manager of Vityaz, a position he retains to this day.
|2004-05||Vityaz Chekhov (RSL-2)||24||5||22||27||+11||20|
|Totals||NHL Reg. Season||807||249||470||719||+10||668|
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