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06
Jun
13

Valeri Bure

Full Name: Valeri Vladimirovich Bure
Last Team: Dallas Stars
Number: 8
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5’10”/178 cm
Weight: 180 lbs/82 kg
Born: June 13, 1974 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 1992 Entry Draft

Strengths: Bure had many of the same electrifying traits as his older brother, Pavel. “The Pocket Rocket” was as good at creating plays as he was at scoring timely goals. He had one of the NHL’s most dangerous slapshots.

Weaknesses: Bure played best as a supporting player on talented teams, but he was not always dependent when entrusted with being the primary offensive threat of a team. Valeri also was also prone to injuries from NHL’s physical game and retired very early.

Biography: Coming soon

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1990-91 CSKA Moscow 3 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 53 27 22 49 78
1992-93 Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 66 68 79 147 49
1993-94 Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 59 40 62 102 48
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens (AHL) 45 23 25 48 32
1994-95 Montreal 24 3 1 4 -1  6
1995-96 Montreal 77 22 20 42 +10 28
1996-97 Montreal 64 14 21 35 +4 6
1997-98 Montreal/Calgary 66 12 26 38 -5 35
1998-99 Calgary 80 26 27 53 22
1999-00 Calgary 82 35 40 75 -7 50
2000-01 Calgary 78 27 28 55 -21 26
2001-02 Florida 31 8 10 18 -3 12
2002-03 Florida/St. Louis 51 5 23 25 -13 10
2003-04 Florida/Dallas 68 22 30 52 +3 26
Totals USSR Reg. Season 3 0 0 0 0
Totals NHL Reg. Season 621 174 226 400 -33 221
Totals NHL Playoffs 22 0 7 7 -4 16

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1994 World Juniors U20 7 5 3 8 4
1994 World Championship 6 3 0 3 2
1996 World Cup 1 0 0 0 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 1 0 1 0
2002 Olympic Games 6 1 0 1 2
Totals U20 Level 7 5 3 8 4
Totals Senior Level 19 5 0 5 6

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29
Apr
13

Sergei Bobrovsky

Full name: Sergei Andreevich Bobrovsky
Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Number: 72
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6’2”/189 cm
Weight: 190 lbs/86 kg
Catches: Left
Born: September 20, 1988 in Novokuznetsk, RUS
Drafted: Not drafted in NHL

Strengths: Bobrovsky is a naturally athletic butterfly-style goaltender and is quickly becoming one of the NHL’s most competitive and elite netminders. He is a hard worker whose confidence can inspire his team to go on long winning streaks.

Weaknesses: Bobrovsky is still establishing himself as a long-term no. 1 goalie and has yet to find success in the playoffs. He has no playoff wins in six starts.

Biography: Sergei Bobrovsky was born in and began playing hockey in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk. He developed as a goaltender with the Metallurg club. In 2006, he made his professional debut playing for Metallurg in the Russian Superleague. From the next season onwards, he was the team’s starting goalie. Bobrovsky played well and was even invited to the league’s all-star game in 2008, but his team was a perennial playoff outsider. At the 2008 World Junior Championship, Bobrovsky was Russia’s main goaltender and the team finished with bronze medals. Sergei’s big break came in 2010, when his contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk expired. He was never drafted in the NHL, so he was signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent. Despite making the Stanley Cup final in the previous season, the Flyers’ goaltending was a major question mark during the 2010 training camp. An injury to the team’s main goalie gave Bobrovsky the chance to show he could be the no. 1. One month into the season, Bobrovsky was leading all NHL goalies in wins (11 in 14 games) and was named the rookie of the month. By the end of the season, he accumulated 28 wins in 54 games. Despite his regular season success, Bobrovsky faltered in his first playoff game and was relegated to backup. For the next season, the Flyers signed fellow Russian Ilya Bryzgalov to share goalkeeping duties with Bobrovsky. Sergei was the backup for most of the season and his statistics were not as good as in the previous season. In the summer of 2012, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Bobrovsky played for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. He had an excellent rebound season and rgained confidence, posting 18 wins in 24 games for SKA before the NHL resumed. Bobrovsky continued his brilliant play for Columbus. He was the team’s MVP in the short season and almost led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs. Although the team did not make the post-season, Sergei was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP W L T OL GAA Save % SO
2006-07 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 8 2.78 0
2007-08 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 24 2.97 1
2008-09 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 32 7 20 2 2.49 92.7 1
2009-10 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 35 9 22 3 2.72 91.9 1
2010-11 Philadelphia 54 28 13 8 2.59 91.5 0
2011-12 Philadelphia 29 14 10 2 3.02 89.9 0
2012-13 SKA St. Petersburg 24 18 3 2 1.94 93.2 4
2012-13 Columbus 38  21  11  2.00  93.2 
Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season 123 2.56 7
Totals RHL Playoffs 1 0 1 4.02 0
Totals NHL Reg. Season 121 63  34    16  2.49  91.7 
Totals NHL Playoffs 7 0 2 4.04 84.8 0

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP W L T GAA SO
2008 World U20 6 4 2 0 2.46 0
Totals U20 Level 6 4 2 0 2.46 0

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25
Mar
13

Valeri Kamensky

Full Name: Valeri Viktorovich Kamensky
Last Team: Khimik Voskresensk (RSL)
Number: 13
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’1”/185 cm
Weight: 196 lbs/89 kg
Born: April 18, 1966 in Voskresensk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Quebec Nordiques in 7th round (129th overall) of the 1988 Entry Draft

Strengths: Kamensky was one of the best forwards that developed in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. His playmaking and sniping abilities carried over successfully to the NHL, where he was one of the fastest skaters.

Weaknesses: Kamensky played best with equally talented linemates, but struggled when he had to lead a team. Despite his strong efforts, he did not develop into a great all-around forward.

Biography: Valeri Kamensky grew up and began his hockey career in Voskresensk, a small city in the Moscow Region that has raised several hockey stars, including Igor Larionov and Vyacheslav Kozlov. Like Larionov, Kamensky developed with the Khimik sports club and after a few seasons moved to CSKA – the country’s top club. In 1985, he was a member of the bronze-medal Soviet team at the World Junior Championship and in the following year won the gold medal with the team. In the late 1980s, Kamensky became one of the top scorers for both the Red Army team and for the national team. He primarily played on a line with Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov – the Soviet Union’s top scoring threat after the famous Krutov-Larionov-Makarov troika. With Kamensky, the Soviet Union won World Championship gold medals in 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1990, a silver medal in 1987, and a bronze in 1991. At the 1991 World Championship, he was named the tournament’s top forward. Kamensky also had memorable performances at the 1987 Canada Cup, where the USSR finished second, and the 1988 Olympics which the team won. While he was with CSKA, his team won four consecutive Soviet championships from 1986 to 1989. Kamensky was named the top Soviet hockey player in 1991. Although he was drafted by the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques in 1988, Valeri had to wait until 1991 to play hockey in North America. By the time he left CSKA and Russia, he had a rank of First Lieutenant and was decorated with a Medal for Labour Valour. With the Nordiques, Kamensky was playing at near point-per-game pace in his first few seasons and was one of several European stars on the team, along with Swedes Mats Sundin and Peter Forsberg. For the duration of the 1994-95 NHL lockout, Kamensky joined Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league. The following season was the most successful not only for the Nordiques (which moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche), but also for Kamensky. He scored a career-high 38 goals and 85 points and added 22 points in the playoffs, with his team winning the Stanley Cup. With this victory, Valeri was one of the first Russians (with teammate Alexei Gusarov) to join the rare Triple-Gold club of players who have won the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, and the Stanley Cup. Kamensky maintained a high-scoring rate in the next two seasons and his dangling goal against Panthers keeper John Vanbiesbrouck was selected the best goal of the 1997-98 season. That year, Kamensky also played for Russia at the Nagano Olympics, where the team lost in the gold-medal final to the Czechs. In 1999, Kamensky signed with the New York Rangers and in 2001-02 played his final NHL season for the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils. At this point, he was a supporting rather than a top-line player and was scratched from the lineup on a regular basis. He announced his retirement in 2002, but the next year returned to Russia to play for the club where he began his career – Khimik. Kamensky had a productive final season in 2004-05, scoring 17 goals and not missing any games. Kamensky is currently a board member of the Kontinental Hockey League and is chairman of the league’s disciplinary committee. He is also a noted collector of autographed hockey sticks.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1982-83 Khimik Voskresensk 5 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Khimik Voskresensk 20 2 2 4 6
1984-85 Khimik Voskresensk 45 9 3 12 24
1985-86 CSKA Moscow 40 15 9 24 8
1986-87 CSKA Moscow 37 13 8 21 16
1987-88 CSKA Moscow 51 26 20 46 40
1988-89 CSKA Moscow 40 18 10 28 30
1989-90 CSKA Moscow 45 19 18 37 40
1990-91 CSKA Moscow 46 20 26 46 66
1991-92 Quebec 23 7 14 21 -1 14
1992-93 Quebec 32 15 22 37 +13 14
1993-94 Quebec 76 28 37 65 +12 42
1994-95 HC Ambri-Piotta (Switz.) 12 13 6 19 2
1994-95 Quebec 40 10 20 30 +3 22
1995-96 Colorado 81 38 47 85 +14 85
1996-97 Colorado 68 28 38 66 +5 38
1997-98 Colorado 75 26 40 66 -2 60
1998-99 Colorado 65 14 30 44 +1 28
1999-00 NY Rangers 58 13 19 32 -13 24
2000-01 NY Rangers 65 14 20 34 -18 36
2001-02 Dallas/New Jersey 54 7 14 21 +1 20
2003-04 Khimik Voskresensk 23 5 9 14 +4 53
2004-05 Khimik Voskresensk 57 17 19 36 +3 59
Totals USSR/RSL Reg. Season 409 144 124 268 342
Totals NHL Reg. Season 637 200 301 501 +15 383
Totals NHL Playoffs 66 25 35 60 +15 72

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1984 European U18 5 1 3 4 0
1985 World Juniors U20 7 2 2 4 8
1986 World Juniors U20 7 7 6 13 6
1986 World Championship 9 2 0 2 8
1987 World Championship 10 5 3 8 6
1987 Canada Cup 9 6 1 7 6
1988 Olympic Games 8 4 2 6 4
1989 World Championship 10 4 4 8 8
1990 World Championship 10 7 2 9 20
1991 World Championship 10 6 5 11 10
1994 World Championship 6 5 5 10 12
1998 Olympic Games 6 1 2 3 0
2000 World Championship 6 0 0 0 10
Totals U18 Level 5 1 3 4 0
Totals U20 Level 14 9 8 17 14
Totals Senior Level 84 40 24 64 84

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16
Dec
12

Ilya Nikulin

Full name: Ilya Vladimirovich Nikulin
Team: Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)

Number: 5
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6’3”/191 cm
Weight: 215 lbs/98 kg
Born: March 12, 1982 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2nd round (31st overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft

Strengths: Nikulin has developed into one of Russia’s most skilled and trusted defensemen in both club and international play. He has an imposing presence on the blue line and is an effective powerplay coordinator. Nikulin is a leader on Ak Bars and on the Russian national team.

Weaknesses: As he logs lots of ice time, Nikulin can be prone to making defensive mistakes due to fatigue. Although he is a respected player in Russia, Nikulin has not tried out the NHL and his playing experience on the small-ice remains limited.

Biography: Born and raised in Russia’s capital, Nikulin developed in the Dynamo Moscow hockey school which was known for producing some of Russia’s best defensemen. Ilya played primarily as a stay-at-home blueliner for Dynamo’s farm club in his first few years. He represented Russia at two Under-18 World Championships and was on the silver medal team in 2000. In the same year, he caught the attention of NHL clubs and was the first player drafted in the second round of the NHL entry draft. Nikulin was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers. However, he never joined the club, instead preferring to stay in Russia and blossom into one of Dynamo’s most reliable players. In 2005, Dynamo became the Russian Superleague’s playoff champions. Ilya continued his career with Ak Bars Kazan – one of the perennially most consistent and dangerous teams in Russian hockey. Kazan won the league championship in Nikulin’s first year there. With each subsequent season with Ak Bars, Nikulin’s icetime increased and he became the team’s go-to defenseman in all situations, including on the powerplay and penalty-killing. In 2008, Nikulin came close to leaving to the NHL to play for the Thrashers, but decided to remain with Ak Bars in the newly-formed KHL. His team won the KHL’s Gagarin Cup in the league’s first playoffs in 2009, and again in 2010.  In recent years, Nikulin also became one of the KHL’s top-scoring defenders. His slapshot has infuriated numerous playoff opponents. Each year since 2006, Ilya has played for Russia at the World Championships. He was on the gold-winning teams of 2008, 2009, and 2012. Nikulin captained the 2012 and 2013 teams. He also played in the 2010 Olympics.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1998-99 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 23 0 2 2 18
1999-00 THK Tver (RHL-2) 39 3 6 9 84
1999-00 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 4 2 1 3 10
2000-01 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 44 0 4 4 61
2001-02 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 2 0 1 1 2
2001-02 Dynamo Moscow 48 2 1 3 -3 44
2002-03 Dynamo Moscow 40 1 4 5 +13 46
2003-04 Dynamo Moscow 54 1 5 6 +6 56
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow 50 1 9 10 +9 65
2005-06 Ak Bars Kazan 49 9 11 20 +7 48
2006-07 Ak Bars Kazan 51 11 14 25 +15 99
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan 57 3 15 18 +2 95
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan 53 7 26 33 +22 72
2009-10 Ak Bars Kazan 49 6 27 33 -2 86
2010-11 Ak Bars Kazan 49 6 35 41 +14 56
2011-12 Ak Bars Kazan 51 9 15 26 +3 52
2012-13 Ak Bars Kazan 51 12 22 34 +19 46
Totals RSL/KHL Reg. Season 646 68 188 256 +99 826
Totals RSL/KHL Playoffs 120 16 32 48 157

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1999 World Juniors U18 7 0 1 1 0
2000 World Juniors U18 6 1 1 2 10
2006 World Championship 7 1 5 6 8
2007 World Championship 9 2 0 2 4
2008 World Championship 9 0 1 1 0
2009 World Championship 9 1 3 4 4
2010 Olympic Games 4 0 1 1 2
2010 World Championship 9 0 2 2 2
2011 World Championship 9 3 1 4 2
2012 World Championship 10 2 5 7 8
2013 World Championship 8 1 3 4 2
Totals U18 Level 13 1 2 3 10
Totals Senior Level 74 10 21 31 32

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18
Mar
12

Viktor Kozlov

Full name: Viktor Nikolaevich Kozlov
Team: CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Number: 38
Position: Center
Height: 6’4”/195 cm
Weight: 227 lbs/106 kg
Shoots: Right
Born: February 14, 1975 in Togliatti, RUS
Drafted: Selected by San Jose Sharks in 1st round (6th overall) of the 1993 Entry Draft

Strengths: Viktor Kozlov is a tall, versatile forward who can easily play in all three forward positions and log many minutes of ice time. Kozlov has great reach and is very skilled with the puck. He is a natural leader on and off the ice.

Weaknesses: In the NHL, Kozlov was a very streaky player. For his high skill level, he has not dominated as could be expected. Also, Kozlov does not always use his size well in physical battles.

Biography: Viktor Kozlov comes from Russia’s automotive capital, Togliatti, where hockey is the number one passion. So it was no surprise that the tall and lanky son of a crane operator made his way through the local hockey school and debuted for Togliatti’s team in the Soviet league, Lada, at the age of 16. At age 17, he moved to the capital to train with Moscow Dynamo. In Kozlov’s first full season with Dynamo in 1993, his team won the Russian championship. Kozlov played another year and a half in Moscow under coach Petr Vorobiev before making the move across the ocean to play for the NHL team that drafted him, the San Jose Sharks. A few days before leaving to San Jose, Kozlov broke his leg in a Dynamo game and took several months to heal before making his NHL debut. Being in a new country and not knowing English, Viktor lived with Sharks goalie Arturs Irbe. Kozlov reportedly finished the 1995 season with the Sharks’ farm club because of a joke he made that the Sharks’ humourless coach did not appreciate. Kozlov did not live up to full expectations playing for the Sharks, but became a real star and productive forward after being traded to the Florida Panthers in 1998. In Florida, Kozlov centered Pavel Bure. In two of their seasons playing together, Bure led the NHL in goal scoring. The two were also invited to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 2000. Kozlov remained a leader for the Panthers until being traded to New Jersey in 2004. That year, the NHL locked out its players, so Kozlov spent a year back in Russia playing for his hometown Lada. Back in the NHL, Viktor had three productive years from 2006 to 2009, first setting a career-high in goals playing for the New York Islanders, and then next season setting a career high in plus/minus playing for the Washington Capitals with fellow Russian stars Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, and Sergei Fedorov. In 2009, Kozlov signed a three-year contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in Russia’s KHL. Kozlov remained productive, mostly centering Alexander Radulov. In 2011, the team won the KHL’s Gagarin Cup as playoff champions. In 2012, Kozlov joined the new Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team and was later traded to CSKA Moscow. Kozlov has represented Russia in many world championships and in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. He has a silver and a bronze medal from the European Junior Championship in the early 1990s and was part of the bronze medal-winning team in 2005 and the silver medal-winning team in 2010 at the World Championship.

Club Stats:

Season Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

1990-91 Lada-2 Togliatti (USSR-2)

2

2

0

2

0

1991-92 Lada Togliatti

3

0

0

0

0

1992-93 Dynamo Moscow

30

6

5

11

4

1993-94 Dynamo Moscow

42

16

9

25

14

1994-95 Dynamo Moscow

3

1

1

2

2

1994-95 Kansas City (IHL)

4

1

1

2

0

1994-95 San Jose

16

2

0

2

-5

2

1995-96 Kansas City (IHL)

15

4

7

11

12

1995-96 San Jose

62

6

13

19

-15

6

1996-97 San Jose

78

16

25

41

-16

40

1997-98 San Jose/Florida

64

17

13

30

-3

16

1998-99 Florida

65

16

35

51

+13

24

1999-00 Florida

80

17

53

70

+24

16

2000-01 Florida

51

14

23

37

-4

10

2001-02 Florida

50

9

18

27

-16

20

2002-03 Florida

74

22

34

56

-8

18

2003-04 Florida/New Jersey

59

13

20

33

-4

18

2004-05 Lada Togliatti

52

15

22

37

22

2005-06 New Jersey

69

12

13

25

0

+16

2006-07 N.Y. Islanders

81

25

26

51

+12

28

2007-08 Washington

81

16

38

54

+28

18

2008-09 Washington

67

13

28

41

-9

16

2009-10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa

48

10

18

28

+7

43

2010-11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa

48

17

15

32

+8

14

2011-12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa

36

10

16

26

-2

8

2012-13 Lokomotiv/CSKA

27

2

5

7

-2

14

Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season

278

77

91

168

121

Totals RHL/KHL Playoffs

74

17

16

33

14

Totals NHL Reg. Season

897

198

339

537

-3

248

Totals NHL Playoffs

35

4

8

12

-6

10

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1991 European U18

6

3

3

6

2

1992 European U18

6

3

3

6

4

1993 World U20

7

2

1

3

2

1996 World   Championship

8

0

3

3

0

1998 World   Championship

6

4

5

9

0

2000 World   Championship

6

1

3

4

2

2004 World   Cup

4

1

0

1

0

2005 World   Championship

9

0

1

1

0

2006 Olympic   Games

8

2

3

5

2

2010 Olympic Games

4

1

0

1

0

2010 World Championship

9

1

2

3

2

Totals U18 Level

12

6

6

12

6

Totals U20 Level

7

2

1

3

2

Totals Senior Level

54

10

17

27

6

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11
Dec
11

Semyon Varlamov

Full name: Semyon Aleksandrovich Varlamov
Team: Colorado Avalanche
Number: 1
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6’2”/189 cm
Weight: 209 lbs/95 kg
Catches: Left
Born: April 27, 1988 in Samara, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft

Strengths: Varlamov is a prototypical butterfly-style goaltender with excellent reflexes, flexibility, and size. Varlamov has a very good save percentage early into his NHL career and is developing into a long-term no. 1 goaltender.

Weaknesses: Injuries and inconsistency had prevented Varlamov from playing a full NHL season until his fourth season. Varlamov’s puckhandling skills are his main weakness.

Biography:  Semyon Varlamov was born in Samara (then still known as Kuybyshev) – an industrial city on the Volga. After moving to Yaroslavl, a city further up the Volga, Varlamov developed into the best goalie prospect in his age group with the Lokomotiv hockey organization. Playing his way through the farm league, Varlamov debuted in the Superleague at the age of 18 and quickly became Lokomotiv’s number one goaltender. In 2007, Varlamov was Russia’s goaltender at the World Junior Championship and helped the team to a silver medal finish. Even before then, he was already drafted by the Washington Capitals and had good NHL potential. After two successful seasons in the Superleague, Semyon came to North America to play for Washington’s farm club. Throughout the regular season of 2008-09, he was called up to the big club a few times and proved to be effective, winning 4 of 6 games. The average play of Capitals starting goalie Jose Theodore prompted the club to entrust Varlamov with the goaltending duties for the playoffs. Varlamov was excellent, registering two shutouts in the first round against the Rangers. The Capitals were ultimately eliminated by the Penguins in game 7 of the second round, but Varlamov had left his mark as the team’s prospective no. 1 starter. Semyon continued collecting victories in the next season, but an injury two months in forced him to undergo a conditioning stint with the farm club. Varlamov regained his position towards the end of the season, but the Capitals only lasted one playoff round. In 2010, Varlamov was named to Russia’s Olympic team, but did not see any ice time. Semyon’s chance to shine for the national team came at the 2010 World Championship, where he went undefeated until Russia’s tight loss to the Czechs in the final. Semyon spent his third NHL season mostly as the backup to fellow young goalie Michal Neuvirth. However, Varlamov was selected to start in the 2011 Winter Classic outdoor game against the Penguins. In Washington, Varlamov was one of three Russians, along with Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, to have a strong fan following. He even starred in a humorous ad with Ovechkin. In the 2011 off-season, the Capitals decided to go in a different direction with their goaltending and traded Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche. In Colorado, Varlamov is starting in a lot more games than he did in Washington, but also has a more fragile and younger team in front of him. In 2012, Varlamov once again was the main goaltender for Russia at the World Championship. This time, Varlamov won all 8 games that he started, including the gold-medal final. For the duration of the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Varlamov returned to play for the club that developed him, Lokomotiv, and put up outstanding numbers.

Club Stats:

Season Team

GP

W

L

T

OL

GAA

Save %

SO

2004-05 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl (RHL-3)

8

2.43

1

2005-06 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl (RHL-3)

33

2.02

8

2006-07 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl (RHL-3)

2

1.50

0

2006-07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

33

2.17

3

2007-08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

44

2.45

3

2008-09 Hershey (AHL)

27

19

7

1

2.40

92.0

2

2008-09 Washington

6

4

0

1

2.37

91.8

0

2009-10 Hershey (AHL)

3

3

0

0

1.95

93.3

0

2009-10 Washington

26

15

4

6

2.55

90.9

2

2010-11 Hershey (AHL)

3

2

1

0

3.36

85.5

0

2010-11 Washington

27

11

9

5

2.23

92.4

2

2011-12 Colorado

53

26

24

3

2.59

91.3

4

2012-13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

16

8

4

3

1.74

94.6

3

2012-13 Colorado

35

11

21

3

3.02

90.3

3

Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season

77

2.23

6

Totals RHL Playoffs

22

2.00

5

Totals NHL Reg. Season

147

67

58

18

2.61

91.2

11

Totals NHL Playoffs

19

10

9

2.49

91.5

2

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament

GP

W

L

T

GAA

SO

2005 World U18

2

2

0

0

3.52

0

2005 World U18

2

2

0

0

2.50

0

2006 World U20

1

1

0

0

1.00

0

2007 World U20

6

5

1

0

1.51

2

2010 Olympic Games

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010 World Championship

5

4

1

0

1.41

1

2012 World Championship

8

8

0

0

1.77

1

2013 World Championship

4

2

1

0

3.59

0

Totals U18 Level

4

4

0

0

3.01

0

Totals U20 Level

7

6

1

0

1.44

2

Totals Senior Level

17

14

2

0

2.09

2

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13
Nov
11

Nikolai Kulemin

Full name: Nikolai Vladimirovich Kulemin
Team: Toronto Maple Leafs

Number: 41
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’1”/186 cm
Weight: 220 lbs/100 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: July 14, 1986 in Magnitogorsk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs in 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft

Strengths: Kulemin is an effective defensively-responsible forward with plenty of speed, grit, and a heavy shot. He rarely gives up fighting for the puck, fits in well on any line he is assigned to, and is reliable in any situation in the game.

Weaknesses: While Kulemin has proved that he is a 30-goal scorer, he sometimes falls into long dry spells throughout the season. He doesn’t seem to take as many shots on net as he is capable of.

Biography: Like his friend and fellow NHL star Evgeni Malkin, Nikolai Kulemin was born and raised in the steelmaking city of Magnitogorsk in the southern Ural Mountains. As a teenager, Kulemin developed with the local Metallurg hockey school and made it to the professional league at the age of 17. In 2004, Kulemin was a member of Russia’s team that won gold at the under-18 championship. In his third professional season, Kulemin was transferred to Magnitogorsk’s main club, which played in the Russian Superleague. The 2006-07 season was a breakthrough year for Nikolai. Not only did his Metallurg win the Superleague championship, but he was also named the league MVP after tallying 27 goals in 54 games. After one more productive season in Russia, Kulemin moved on to play in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that had drafted him in 2006. Nikolai became one of the few players in Leafs history to score in his first NHL game – it was the gamewinning goal against the Detroit Red Wings. Nikolai’s adjustment to North American hockey and life was eased by the presence of three other Russian speakers on the Maple Leafs – Nikolai Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Mikhail Grabovski. Towards the end of the 2009-10 season, Kulemin was promoted to his team’s first line with sniper Phil Kessel and centre Tyler Bozak. In 2010-11, Kulemin emerged as the Leafs’ hardest working player and one of the league’s best two-way forwards. His line with Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur was the team’s most consistent and also arguably the NHL’s most productive second line. Nikolai also broke the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. In just his fourth NHL season, Nikolai is already the longest-tenured player in Toronto. Kulemin has also played for Russia in five world championship tournaments and has won silver and bronze medals, as well as the gold medal in 2012. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Nikolai returned to his hometown to play for Metallurg. Playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Mozyakin, Kulemin scored at more than a point-per-game rate. He returned rejuvenated to Toronto and helped the Leafs make the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.

Club Stats:

Season Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

2003-04 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk (RHL-3)

43

8

18

26

91

2004-05 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk (RHL-3)

43

9

13

22

44

2005-06 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk (RHL-3)

4

3

1

3

6

2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

31

5

7

12

8

2006-07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

54

27

12

39

42

2007-08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

57

21

12

33

63

2008-09 Toronto (AHL)

5

0

0

0

0

2008-09 Toronto

73

15

16

31

-8

18

2009-10 Toronto

78

16

20

36

0

16

2010-11 Toronto

82

30

27

57

+7

26

2011-12 Toronto

70

7

21

28

+2

6

2012-13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

36

14

24

38

+25

26

2012-13 Toronto

48

7

16

23

-5

22

Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season

178

67

55

122

139

Totals RHL Playoffs

37

14

7

21

45

Totals NHL Reg. Season

351

75

100

175

-4

88

Totals NHL Playoffs

7

0

1

1

-9

0

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004 World U18

6

0

2

2

2

2006 World U20

4

4

2

6

25

2006 World Championship

7

1

3

4

2

2007 World Championship

9

2

1

3

0

2010 World Championship

9

3

2

5

25

2011 World Championship

9

1

0

1

2

2012 World Championship 10 1 3 4 0
Totals U18 Level

6

0

2

2

2

Totals U20 Level

4

4

2

6

25

Totals Senior Level

44

8

9

17

29

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