|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 downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.