|NUMBER:||51||BIRTHDATE:||July 19, 1983 (AGE 31)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 2"||BIRTHPLACE:||Izhevsk, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||212||DRAFTED:||NYR / 2001 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||2nd (40th overall)|
Career: Became highest-scoring defenseman in CBJ team history last season... Represented Russia at '14, '10 and '06 Winter Olympics as well as IIHF World Championships in '11 and '08 (Gold Medal)… Also won back-to-back Gold Medals with Team Russia at '02 & '03 IIHF World Junior Championships after winning Gold at '01 IIHF World U18 Championships… Made NHL debut (w/NYR) on 2/12/04 at PHI… Played 1 season (2001-02) in OHL with Storm (53GP-19G-40A-59P, +17 rating); named to CHL All-Rookie Team and earned 3rd Team OHL All-Star honors.
2013-14: Ranked 3rd on CBJ in blocked shots (89)... Skated in 400th game w/ CBJ, 1/21 vs. LAK... Scored 50th career NHL goal, 12/16 vs. WPG.
2012-13: Led all CBJ D in points (22) and assists (18, T-1st overall on team)... Recorded career-best 5-game point streak from 4/13-4/21... Skated in 600th career NHL game, 4/13 at MIN.
Personal: Nickname: ‘Toots’… Favorite player growing up: Slava Fetisov... Favorite NFL team: Steelers... Favorite MLB team: Blue Jays.
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.