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29
Oct
10

Ilya Bryzgalov

Full name: Ilya Nikolaevich Bryzgalov
Team: Edmonton Oilers

Number: 80
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6’3”/191 cm
Weight: 213 lbs/96 kg
Catches: Left
Born: June 6, 1980 in Togliatti, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft

Strengths: Ilya has developed into an elite NHL goaltender. He uses his size well, performs best when constantly faced with a high volume of shots, and has an unpredictable style of play that fools shooters.

Weaknesses: Ilya can be prone to letting his guard down when not under pressure and can go through long stretches of average play. His playoff game has been inconsistent in recent years.

Biography: Ilya Bryzgalov was born in Togliatti – a car-manufacturing town on the Volga that also raised Alexei Kovalev and Viktor Kozlov, among other hockey stars. As a youth, Bryzgalov worked his way up the farm system of the Lada hockey club. Once he made the main team, he put up excellent numbers, earning the attention of NHL scouts. After being drafted by the Mighty Ducks, Ilya played one more year in the Russian Superleague and afterwards made the jump to North America. Bryzgalov was not high on the Mighty Ducks’ depth chart though, and he had to toil for four years in the American Hockey League for the Ducks’ farm club before becoming a permanent NHLer. When given the chance to start games, Bryzgalov took the opportunity and often played better than Anaheim’s #1 goalie, J.S. Giguere. In 2006 Bryzgalov was crucial to the Ducks’ Stanley Cup-winning campaign. Early in the playoffs, he overtook Giguere as the starting goalie and helped the Ducks win the first three playoff rounds. In the process, Ilya recorded the second-longest shutout streak in NHL playoff history (249 minutes without letting in a goal). Due to a crowded goaltender situation in 2007, Ducks General Manager Brian Burke put Bryzgalov on waivers to give him the opportunity to be a full-time starter. The bottom-dwelling Phoenix Coyotes picked up Bryzgalov, beginning the team’s climb back to respectability. The 2009-10 season was monumental for both Ilya and the Coyotes, as the team set a franchise record for wins (50) and points (107), while Ilya set career highs in all statistical categories and was consequently nominated for the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender, as well as being named on the NHL’s Second All-Star Team. Despite another impressive season with the Coyotes, Bryz was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and signed a contract through 2020. Ilya’s first season in such a passionate hockey city was timultuous. Not only did his colourful personality become nationally famous thanks to the HBO’s NHL 24/7 television series, but Ilya’s on-ice performances ranged from abysmal to heroic. After a rough first half of the season, Bryzgalov had an excellent February and March which saw him set the franchise record for longest consecutive shutout streak of 3 games. Then in the playoffs, Ilya’s average play was not enough to help the Flyers make it past the second round. For the duration of the 2012 NHL lockout, Bryzgalov signed with CSKA Moscow in Russia. In 2013, he signed with the Edmonton Oilers. Bryzgalov has extensive experience playing for Russia in international tournaments. He backstopped Russia to a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship. That same year, he was on the disastrous team that finished 11th at the World Championship held in Russia. Ilya won the Olympic bronze medal as Russia’s third goalie in 2002. He was Russia’s starter at the 2004 World Cup and also played at the 2006 Olympics (where one poor game by Ilya was enough to be benched for the rest of the tournament by coach Vladimir Krikunov), the 2009 World Championship (where Bryz won all his games including the gold-medal final against Canada), and the 2010 Olympics (which Bryz began as a back-up to Evgeni Nabokov, but ended up outplaying him in the quarterfinal loss to Canada). Ilya is also one of the most candid personalities in the NHL, especially in interviews with the media, such as this infamous one.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP W L T OL GAA Save % SO
1996-97 Lada-2 Togliatti (RHL-3) 5
1997-98 Lada-2 Togliatti (RHL-3) 8 3.50
1998-99 Lada-2 Togliatti (RHL-4) 20 2.15
1999-00 Spartak Moscow (RHL-2) 9 2.52
1999-00 Lada-2 Togliatti (RHL-3) 2
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 14 1.36 3
2000-01 Lada Togliatti 34 1.84 8
2001-02 Anaheim 1 0 0 0 1.87 91.7 0
2001-02 Cincinnati (AHL) 45 20 16 4 2.48 91.6 4
2002-03 Cincinnati (AHL) 54 12 26 9 2.82 91.0 1
2003-04 Anaheim 1 1 0 0 2.00 92.9 0
2003-04 Cincinnati (AHL) 64 27 25 10 2.32 91.9 6
2004-05 Cincinnati (AHL) 36 17 13 1 2.60 90.2 4
2005-06 Anaheim 31 13 12 1 2.51 91.0 1
2006-07 Anaheim 27 10 8 6 2.47 90.7 1
2007-08 Anaheim/Phoenix 64 28 25 6 2.44 92.0 3
2008-09 Phoenix 65 26 31 6 2.98 90.6 3
2009-10 Phoenix 69 42 20 6 2.29 92.0 8
2010-11 Phoenix 68 36 20 10 2.48 92.1 7
2011-12 Philadelphia 59 33 16 7 2.48 90.9 6
2012-13 CSKA Moscow 12 6 5 0 2.13 91.3 0
2012-13 Philadelphia 40 19 17 3 2.79 90.0 1
Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season 60 1.79 11
Totals RHL Playoffs 12 1.65 1
Totals NHL Reg. Season 425 208 149 0 45 2.55 91.3 30
Totals NHL Playoffs 38 17 19 2.81 90.8 3

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP W L T GAA SO
2000 World U20 4 0.77 1
2000 World Championship 5 1 3 0 2.75 0
2002 Olympic Games 0
2004 World Cup 3 2 1 0 2.34 0
2006 Olympic Games 1 0 1 0 5.00 0
2009 World Championship 7 7 0 2.08 1
2010 Olympic Games 2 0 1 0 1.78 0
2013 World Championship 4 3 1 2.20 1
Totals U20 Level 4 0.77 1
Totals Senior Level 22 13 8 0 2.39 2

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29
Dec
09

Andrei Markov

Full name: Andrei Viktorovich Markov
Team: Montreal Canadiens
Number: 79
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6’0″/183 cm
Weight: 204 lbs/93 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: December 20, 1978 in Voskresensk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Montreal Canadiens in 6th round (162nd overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft

Strengths: Like Sergei Zubov and Sergei Gonchar, Andrei Markov is one of the NHL’s premier powerplay quarterbacks. His hard shot and fast skating make him the top two-way defenseman on whatever team he plays.

Weaknesses: Markov occasionally makes mistakes in his own end, especially against bigger players. The large amount of ice time he gets, up to half a game, can wear him out throughout the season.

Biography: Andrei Markov was raised and learned hockey in Voskresensk – home of the legendary Khimik sports organization that also developed Igor Larionov and Vyacheslav Kozlov, among other NHL players. With Khimik, Andrei turned into one of Russia’s best young defensemen and also left a strong impression at the 1998 World Junior Championship, winning the silver medal. At the age of twenty, Markov was heavily relied upon by Moscow Dynamo and was recognized as the Russian League’s Defenseman of the Year in 1999. The next season was even better for Markov: he was named the MVP of the Superleague and his team Dynamo won the Russian championship. At this point, a jump to the NHL was the logical next step. The Montreal Canadiens were fortunate to have “stolen” a future star like Markov in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL draft. Although he spent parts of his first two years in North America playing for the Habs’ farm club, Markov developed into a top-tier blueliner capable of playing up to thirty minutes per game. Andrei’s return to Dynamo during the NHL lockout in 2004-05 helped the team’s fortunes in winning the Russian championship again. Once back in the NHL, Markov’s productivity increased each season, earning him two all-star game appearances (2008, 2009) and cementing his status as a fan favourite in Montreal. Markov has been a mainstay of the Russian national team at the World Championships, having won one gold and two bronze medals so far. At the 2007 World Championships held in Moscow, Markov was named the Best Defenseman of the tournament. The last few NHL seasons have been unfortunate for Andrei, as he sat out a total of over 180 games due to various injuries. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Markov played for Vityaz Chekhov in Russia. Back in the NHL, he returned to his usual high-scoring pace for a defenseman and did not miss a single game.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1995-96 Khimik Voskresensk 38 0 0 0 14
1996-97 Khimik Voskresensk 43 8 4 12 32
1997-98 Khimik Voskresensk 43 10 5 15 83
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow 38 10 11 21 32
1999-00 Dynamo Moscow 29 11 12 23 28
2000-01 Quebec (AHL) 14 0 5 5 +7 4
2000-01 Montreal 63 6 17 23 -6 18
2001-02 Quebec (AHL) 12 4 6 10 +14 7
2001-02 Montreal 56 5 19 24 -1 24
2002-03 Montreal 79 13 24 37 +13 34
2003-04 Montreal 69 6 22 28 -2 20
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow 42 7 16 23 76
2005-06 Montreal 67 10 36 46 +13 74
2006-07 Montreal 77 6 43 49 +2 56
2007-08 Montreal 82 16 42 58 +1 63
2008-09 Montreal 78 12 52 64 -2 36
2009-10 Montreal 45 6 28 34 +11 32
2010-11 Montreal 7 1 2 3 +2 4
2011-12 Montreal 13 0 3 3 -4 4
2012-13 Vityaz Chekhov 21 1 7 8 +3 16
2012-13 Montreal 48 10 20 30 -9 14
Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season 254 47 55 102 281
Totals RHL Playoffs 45 10 10 20 36
Totals NHL Reg. Season 684 91 308 399 +18 379
Totals NHL Playoffs 54 3 16 19 -1 28

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1997 World U20 6 0 1 1 2
1998 World U20 7 3 2 5 6
1999 World Championship 6 1 4 5 2
2000 World Championship 6 0 2 2 0
2004 World Cup 2 0 1 1 2
2005 World Championship 9 1 4 5 20
2006 Olympic Games 8 1 2 3 6
2007 World Championship 8 3 5 8 2
2008 World Championship 6 0 2 2 4
2010 Olympic Games 4 0 2 2 0
Totals U20 Level 13 3 3 6 8
Totals Senior Level 49 6 22 28 36

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26
Dec
09

Sergei Gonchar

Full name: Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar
Team: Dallas Stars
Number: 55
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6’2″/190 cm
Weight: 210 lbs/95 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: April 14, 1973 in Chelyabinsk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Washington Capitals in 1st round (14th overall) of the 1992 Entry Draft

Strengths: Gonchar is one of the most consistent point-producing defensemen in the NHL. When attacking, Sergei plays like a natural forward, and he is one of the biggest dangers on the opponents’ blueline.

Weaknesses: Despite being a defenseman, Sergei does not always control what is happening in his own end. He sometimes shies away from physical play.

Biography: During his late teens Sergei made the top team in Chelyabinsk, his hometown in the Urals. Before his twentieth birthday he was already in the starting lineup of Dynamo Moscow – the top team in Russia at the time. After being drafted in the NHL at a high rank, Sergei moved to North America and began his career there in the minor league. Eventually the Washington Capitals started to use Gonchar as one of their leading defensemen. In 1997-98, Gonchar made a couple of appearances for Lada Togliatti in Russia, but returned to his NHL team, going all the way to the Stanley Cup final that season. In the next NHL seasons, Gonchar became better, especially at scoring goals. In 1998, Sergei took part in his first Olympic Games, winning a silver medal with Russia. Gonchar was also part of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2002 Olympics, the 2006 Olympic team, and the 2007 bronze-winning World Championship team. For four years in a row, 2001 to 2004, Sergei was invited to the NHL All-Star Game. Following season’s end in 2001 and 2003, Gonchar was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team. Despite many consecutive productive seasons, Gonchar was part of the Capitals’ salary clearing process in 2004 and was traded to the Boston Bruins. During the NHL lockout, Sergei played not far from his hometown, with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Ural Mountains. Once the NHL resumed play, Gonchar became the defensive leader of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2006, Gonchar took teammate Evgeni Malkin under his wings, allowing the rookie superstar to live in his home while he was adapting to North American life. That season the Penguins returned to the playoffs but lost in the first round. After losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 Stanley Cup final, Gonchar played only 25 regular season games in the subsequent season due to injuries, yet returned in time to help the Penguins take revenge in 2009’s repeat final and win the Stanley Cup. Once his contract expired in 2010, Gonchar signed a three-year deal with the Ottawa Senators. For the duration of the 2012 NHL lockout, Gonchar returned to his home region to play for Magnitogorsk Metallurg with friend Evgeni Malkin. In 2013, he signed with the Dallas Stars.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1990-91 Mechel Chelyabinsk (USSR-2) 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Traktor Chelyabinsk (USSR-Q) 11 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Traktor Chelyabinsk 31 1 0 1 4
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow 31 1 3 4 70
1993-94 Dynamo Moscow 44 4 5 9 36
1994-95 Portland (AHL) 61 10 32 42 67
1994-95 Washington 31 2 5 7 +4 22
1995-96 Washington 78 15 26 41 +25 60
1996-97 Washington 57 13 17 30 -11 36
1997-98 Lada Togliatti 7 3 2 5 4
1997-98 Washington 72 5 16 21 +2 66
1998-99 Washington 53 21 10 31 +1 57
1999-00 Washington 73 18 36 54 +26 52
2000-01 Washington 76 19 38 57 +12 70
2001-02 Washington 76 26 33 59 -1 58
2002-03 Washington 82 18 49 67 +13 52
2003-04 Washington/Boston 71 11 47 58 -14 56
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 40 2 17 19 54
2005-06 Pittsburgh 75 12 46 58 -13 100
2006-07 Pittsburgh 82 13 54 67 -5 72
2007-08 Pittsburgh 78 12 53 65 +13 66
2008-09 Pittsburgh 25 6 13 19 +6 26
2009-10 Pittsburgh 62 11 39 50 -4 49
2010-11 Ottawa 67 7 20 27 -15 20
2011-12 Ottawa 74 5 32 37 -4 55
2012-13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 37 3 26 29 +19 40
2012-13 Ottawa 45 3 24 27 +4 26
Totals USSR/RHL/KHL Reg. Season 190 14 53 67 213
Totals RHL Playoffs 4 1 1 2 6
Totals NHL Reg. Season 1177 217 558 775 +39 943
Totals NHL Playoffs 125 22 62 84 +9 84

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1992 European U18 6 1 4 5 8
1993 World U20 7 0 2 2 10
1996 World Cup 4 2 2 4 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 0 2 2 0
2000 World Championship 6 1 0 1 2
2002 Olympic Games 6 0 0 0 2
2004 World Cup 4 1 2 3 6
2006 Olympic Games 8 0 2 2 8
2007 World Championship 9 1 4 5 4
2010 Olympic Games 4 1 0 1 2
2010 World Championship 5 0 4 4 0
Totals U18 Level 6 1 4 5 8
Totals U20 Level 7 0 2 2 10
Totals Senior Level 52 6 16 22 26

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11
Dec
09

Evgeni Nabokov

Full name: Evgeni Viktorovich Nabokov
Team: New York Islanders
Number: 20
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6’0″/183 cm
Weight: 200 lbs/91 kg
Catches: Left
Born: July 25, 1975 in Kamenogorsk, KAZ
Drafted: Selected by San Jose Sharks in 9th round (219th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft

Strengths: Evgeni is one of the best acrobatic goalies with lots of confidence in facing the game’s best shooters. Nabokov has sharp reflexes that help him stop sure goals.

Weaknesses: His acrobatic moves can make him overreact to shots. At some points in a season he loses consistency and his play has been in decline recently.

Biography: Kamenogorsk is famous for its hockey. Evgeni Nabokov’s father, Viktor, was a goalie. At age six, Evgeni decided to play that position, not only because of his father, but also because he felt comfortable guarding the net. Evgeni played for his hometeam before joining Dynamo in Moscow. In the C-Pool of the 1994 World Championship, Nabokov played three games for Kazakhstan. His next international appearance, twelve years later, would be for Russia. Nabokov was one of the last picks selected in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. The team that picked him, the San Jose Sharks, had never even seen Evgeni play. Nabokov later commented that he only found out that he got drafted by reading a newspaper a couple of days later. While posting good numbers with Moscow Dynamo, Nabokov was forgotten by the NHL until being seen by a Sharks representative at a tournament in Finland in 1997. Evgeni was hesitant to sign a North American contract. Eventually after three years of building North American experience in the AHL, Nabokov became San Jose’s starting goalie in 2000. His skills earned him the support of Vladislav Tretiak, in whose honour Nabokov wears number 20. In his rookie season Evgeni played in the NHL All-Star Game and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. He had a tough 2002-03 season, but rebounded in 2003-04 to take the Sharks to the Western Conference finals. During the NHL lockout, Nabokov briefly played for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He also took part in Igor Larionov’s farewell game in Moscow in December 2004. In 2006, Nabokov briefly lost his status as the Sharks’ #1 netminder, but was spectacular in his debut for Russia at the winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Nabokov had three shutouts, including one over Canada. After a gruelling loss in a four-overtime second round playoff game in 2008, Nabokov was quick to join Russia at the World Championship in Quebec and was an integral part of its gold-medal victory. Nabokov was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. In the same year, he was the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie. In his last year with the Sharks, Nabokov helped his team reach the conference final of the NHL playoffs, but San Jose decided not to renew his contract. In 2010, Nabokov returned to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg, but his stay did not work out as hoped and Evgeni attempted to return to the NHL mid-season. He signed with the Detroit Red Wings, but was claimed on waivers by the New York Islanders – a team he refused to play for until the 2011-12 season. Nabokov has since provided the team with long-awaited consistency in net and helped the Islanders get back to the playoffs for the first time in six years.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP W L T OL GAA Save % SO
1991-92 Torpedo Ust Kamenogorsk 1 3.00 0
1992-93 SVSM-Tavriya Ust Kamenogorsk (CIS-2) 19
1992-93 Torpedo Ust Kamenogorsk 4 2.75 0
1993-94 Torpedo Ust Kamenogorsk 11 3.23 0
1994-95 Dynamo Moscow 24 1.90 3
1995-96 Dynamo Moscow 39 2.00 5
1996-97 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 1
1996-97 Dynamo Moscow 27 2.12 2
1997-98 Kentucky (AHL) 33 10 21 2 3.92 0
1998-99 Kentucky (AHL) 43 26 14 1 2.62 5
1999-00 Kentucky (AHL) 2 1 1 0 1.50 1
1999-00 Cleveland (IHL) 20 12 4 3 2.68 0
1999-00 San Jose 11 2 2 1 2.17 91.0 1
2000-01 San Jose 66 32 21 7 2.19 91.5 6
2001-02 San Jose 67 37 24 5 2.29 91.8 7
2002-03 San Jose 55 19 28 8 2.71 90.6 3
2003-04 San Jose 59 31 19 8 2.20 92.1 9
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 14 7 5 1 2.00 3
2005-06 San Jose 45 16 19 7 3.10 88.5 1
2006-07 San Jose 50 25 16 4 2.29 91.4 7
2007-08 San Jose 77 46 21 8 2.14 91.0 6
2008-09 San Jose 62 41 12 8 2.44 91.0 7
2009-10 San Jose 71 44 16 10 2.43 92.2 3
2010-11 SKA St. Petersburg 22 8 8 5 3.02 88.8 2
2011-12 N.Y. Islanders 42 19 18 3 2.55 91.4 2
2012-13 N.Y. Islanders 41 23 11 7 2.50 91.0 3
Totals USSR/RHL/KHL Reg. Season 142 15
Totals RHL Playoffs 28 2.23 0
Totals NHL Reg. Season 646 335 207 29 61 2.41 91.2 55
Totals NHL Playoffs 86 42 42 2.43 90.8 7

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP W L T GAA Save % SO
1994 World Championship-C (Kaz.) 3 2.57
2006 Olympic Games 7 5 2 0 1.34 94.0 3
2008 World Championship 5 5 0 0 1.78 92.9 2
2010 Olympic Games 3 2 1 0 4.16 85.3 0
2011 World Championship 4 2 1 0 3.60 88.0 0
Totals Senior Level 22 14 4 0 5

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08
Dec
09

Nikolai Khabibulin

Full name: Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin
Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Number: 39
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6’1″/185 cm
Weight: 209 lbs/94 kg
Catches: Left
Born: January 13, 1973 in Ekaterinburg, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Winnipeg Jets in 9th round (204th overall) of the 1992 Entry Draft

Strengths: Nikolai is an aggressive goalie, doing whatever it takes to cut down the shooter’s angles. He plays a butterfly style that forces snipers to shoot high, so that he can work his catching glove. Khabibulin plays best in games that matter the most.

Weaknesses: Nik sometimes has a problem controlling the puck outside of the net and can be prone to cold streaks. He has recently missed significant playing time due to injury.

Biography: Khabibulin grew up with Alexei Yashin in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg). But who knew that both of them would excel in the National Hockey League? When Nikolai was 14 years of age, he read a book about his childhood idol – Vladislav Tretiak. That motivated him to become a goaltender. During his late teenage years, Nik became increasingly better and transferred from his hometown team to the Central Red Army team in Moscow. Nik played three seasons with CSKA, each year gaining experience. In his last year with CSKA, Khabibulin played in every single game. He was named top goaltender of the 1991 and 1992 World Junior Championships. In 1992, Nik was the third goaltender of the gold medal-winning Unified Team. Coach Viktor Tikhonov unrightfully kept the third goalie’s medal to himself. That is why Khabibulin boycotted the Olympics in 1998. After some minor league experience, Nik joined the Winnipeg Jets and became their starting goaltender. He had more success when the franchise moved to Phoenix. He showed his talent at the 1999 All-Star Game and got the nickname “The Bulin Wall.” Due to a contract dispute, Nik spent the 1999-00 season with the Long Beach Ice Dogs, winning the IHL’s MVP award. In 2001, Khabibulin made a comeback to the NHL, playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nikolai had a spectacular season with the struggling Lightning. He stole many games for the team, and in the 2002 All-Star Game he shut out the North American all-stars. At the 2002 Olympics, Khabibulin played some of his best hockey, including stoning the Czech team in the quarterfinals. Russia won bronze. In 2002-03, Nik started out well, had a poor mid-season, and was unbeaten in 16 games at the end of the season to propel his team to capture their first-ever division title. The next season he had an average regular season, but defied all critics by winning 16 games in the playoffs to win his (and the team’s) first ever Stanley Cup! He spent the NHL lockout season sharing goaltending duties with Fred Brathwaite for Ak Bars Kazan in the Superleague. Being a free agent, Khabibulin signed a multi-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2005. After three unspectacular seasons, Khabibulin returned to top form in 2009 to help bring the youthful Blackhawks team as far as the Western Conference finals. In the summer of 2009, Khabibulin signed a four-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. In 2010, he was arrested for speeding and driving under influence in Arizona and served two weeks of jail time in 2011. Due to injuries and surgery rehabilitation, he missed significant time during his tenure with the Oilers. Although he played for a losing team, Nik was a stable, veteran presence for the young Oilers team. In 2013, he returned to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP W L T OL GAA Save % SO
1988-89 Avtomobilist Sverdlovsk 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
1990-91 Sputnik Nizhny Tagil (USSR-3) 10
1990-91 Avtomobilist Sverdlovsk 2
1991-92 CSKA-2 Moscow (CIS-3) 11
1991-92 CSKA Moscow 2 3.53 0
1992-93 SKA-Metallurg Serov (CIS-2) 18
1992-93 CSKA Moscow 13 3.29
1993-94 CSKA Moscow 46 2.65
1993-94 Russian Penguins (IHL) 12 2 7 2 4.41 87.3 0
1994-95 Springfield (AHL) 23 9 9 3 3.87 87.4 0
1994-95 Winnipeg 26 8 9 4 3.42 89.5 0
1995-96 Winnipeg 53 26 20 3 3.13 90.8 2
1996-97 Phoenix 72 30 33 6 2.83 90.8 7
1997-98 Phoenix 70 30 28 10 2.74 90.0 4
1998-99 Phoenix 63 32 23 7 2.13 92.3 8
1999-00 Long Beach (IHL) 33 21 11 1 1.83 93.0 5
2000-01 Tampa Bay 2 1 1 0 2.92 91.3 0
2001-02 Tampa Bay 70 24 32 10 2.36 92.0 7
2002-03 Tampa Bay 65 30 22 11 2.47 91.1 4
2003-04 Tampa Bay 55 28 19 7 2.33 91.0 3
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan 24 16 5 3 1.65 5
2005-06 Chicago 50 17 26 6 3.35 88.6 0
2006-07 Chicago 60 25 26 5 2.86 90.2 1
2007-08 Chicago 50 23 20 6 2.63 90.9 2
2008-09 Chicago 42 25 8 7 2.33 91.9 3
2009-10 Edmonton 18 7 9 2 3.03 90.9 0
2010-11 Edmonton 47 10 32 4 3.40 89.0 2
2011-12 Edmonton 40 12 20 7 2.65 91.0 2
2012-13 Edmonton 12 4 6 1 2.54 92.3 1
Totals USSR/RHL Reg. Season 89
Totals RHL Playoffs 5 3.28 0
Totals NHL Reg. Season 795 332 334 58 38 2.72 90.8 46
Totals NHL Playoffs 72 39 31 2.40 91.7 6

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP W L T GAA SO
1991 European U18 5 2.73
1992 World U20 6 6 0 0 1.45 2
1992 Olympic Games 0
1993 World U20 6 2 3 1 2.65 2
1996 World Cup 2 0 2 0 6 0
2002 Olympic Games 6 3 2 1 2.34 1
Totals U18 Level 5 2.73
Totals U20 Level 11 8 3 1 3
Totals Senior Level 8 3 4 1 1

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