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Andrei Markov
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Andrei Markov  #79

Montréal Canadiens  Defenseman
NUMBER: 79 BIRTHDATE: December 20, 1978  (AGE 35)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Voskresensk, Russia
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (162nd overall)

Ranked tied for 2nd among NHL defensemen in Nov. in assists (11) and tied for 3rd in points (12)… Obtained 2 assists and 5 blocked shots on Dec. 31 at CAR… Recorded 2 goals (including the game winner) and a +2 differential on Jan. 11 vs. CHI… Led the team in Jan. in average time on ice per game (24:27)… Suited up for Russia at the Olympic Games in Sochi… Led the team in Feb. with 5 assists… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on Nov. 1 at MIN, on Nov. 27 at BUF and on March 1 vs. TOR… Had a 5-game assist streak (Feb. 6 to March 1), posting a 0-7-7 record… Led the team in March in time on ice per game (25:12) and blocked shots (36)… Led the team in April in ice time per game (26:11)… Blocked 9 shots on April 20 vs. TBL… Set two career personal-highs in the playoffs in assists and points (0-3-3) on May 27 vs. NYR…

WJC-A First All-Star Team (1998) Russian League All-Star Team (2000) Russian League - Most Valuable Player Award (2000) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2009) Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), June 19, 2004. Missed majority of 2010-11 and 2011-12 due to knee injury vs. Carolina, November 13, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Chekhov (KHL), October 3, 2012.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers