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Biography

Sergei Viktorovich Fedorov (Russian:Сергей Викторович Фёдоров, Sergej Viktorovič Fëdorov; born December 13, 1969 in Pskov, USSR; now Russia) is a professional ice hockey forward who plays for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Sergei was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, fourth round, 74th overall. In his pre-NHL days, he played for CSKA Moscow on a line with future superstars Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny, and was drafted in the same year as Bure and a year after Mogilny. In 1990, while CSKA Moscow was in Seattle for the Goodwill Games, Fedorov quietly slipped out of his hotel room and onto an airplane bound for Detroit. Thus, he became one of many NHL stars to have defected from the Soviet Union to play in the NHL.

Arguably, his greatest season was in the 1993-94 NHL season, when he won that year's Hart Memorial Trophy (being the first European-trained player to do so), Frank J. Selke Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award, and finished second in scoring behind Los Angeles' Wayne Gretzky with 56 goals and 120 points. He would also win another Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1996, after compiling another 100-point season with 39 goals and 107 points. One year later, he was a member of the Red Wings' first Stanley Cup championship team since 1955, contributing 20 points in 20 playoff games for Detroit. He would go on to win two more Stanley Cups in 1998 (with 30 points in 24 playoff games) and 2002, both with the Red Wings. He also won a bronze medal with Russia in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and a silver medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

In 1997, Fedorov earned $20 million, the highest salary ever paid to an NHL athlete. His base salary was reportedly only $1 million but his contract contained large bonuses.

In recent years, Fedorov has been criticized for a perceived lack of heart (especially in an injury-riddled 1999-2000 season, when he only appeared in sixty-eight games). Other detractors also suspect that Fedorov was disappointed that his achievements were passed over. Wings Captain Steve Yzerman regularly received far more recognition from fans and media; an example was the 1998 postseason, when Fedorov had 30 playoff points to Yzerman's 24, but it was Yzerman that took home the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Nonetheless, in the stifled offensive landscape of the inter-lockout NHL, Fedorov still managed to average close to a point a game, and, except for three seasons, had never scored less than thirty goals. In the 2003 offseason, he signed with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, where he played from 2003-2005. He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 15, 2005. It was with the Ducks that Fedorov picked up his 1,000th point, becoming the first Russian-born and fifth European-born player to do so. Fedorov, as a Blue Jacket, also played his 1,000th NHL game on November 30, 2005 becoming the 13th European-born player to reach 1,000 NHL games and the 205th player overall to do so.

He was also married (briefly) to Anna Kournikova before her relationship with Enrique Iglesias.

His younger brother, Fedor Fedorov, is an ice hockey player with the New York Rangers' AHL team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

On 27 May 2006 he took part in Soccer Aid at Old Trafford, a charity football match held between England and the Rest of the World. He was a member of the Rest of the World team which comprised football legends and other celebrities.

On 26 February 2008 he was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Washington Capitals.

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Awards

  • NHL All-Rookie Team - 1991
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game - 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2003
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy - 1994, 1996
  • Hart Memorial Trophy - 1994
  • Lester B. Pearson Award - 1994

Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: Possesses the total package: Speed, incredible defensive qualities, terrific hands and great passing skills. Has matured into a savvy veteran.

WEAKNESSES: Injuries are starting to take a toll on his body. Will at times go through the motions and not play with enough desire and grit. His point totals are in decline.

SCOUT'S BOTTOM LINE: "Sergei Fedorov isn't a No. 1 center anymore, but he's closer to that than anybody else on [Columbus'] roster, so they have to play him 20 minutes a night. I think his arm and back are worse than he's letting on because he's not as competitive as he was earlier in the season ... "I think Fedorov is done. He's more of a Band-Aid than anything else. You're not going to win with this guy, and he's eaten up a huge chunk of their payroll."

Statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1986-87  CSKA Moscow                 Russi  29    6    6   12   12
1987-88  CSKA Moscow                 Russi  48    7    9   16   20
1988-89  CSKA Moscow                 Russi  44    9    8   17   35
1989-90  CSKA Moscow                 Russi  48   19   10   29   20
1990-91  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    77   31   48   79   66   7   1   5   6   4
1991-92  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   32   54   86   72  11   5   5  10   8
1992-93  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    73   34   53   87   72   7   3   6   9  23
1993-94  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    82   56   64  120   34   7   1   7   8   6
1994-95  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    42   20   30   50   24  17   7  17  24   6
1995-96  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    78   39   68  107   48  19   2  18  20  10
1996-97  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    74   30   33   63   30  20   8  12  20  12
1997-98  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    21    6   11   17   25  22  10  10  20  12
1998-99  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    77   26   37   63   66  10   1   8   9   8
1999-00  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    68   27   35   62   22   9   4   4   8   4
2000-01  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    75   32   37   69   40   6   2   5   7   0
2001-02  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    81   31   37   68   36  23   5  14  19  20
2002-03  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   36   47   83   52   4   1   2   3   0
2003-04  Anaheim Mighty Ducks        NHL    80   31   34   65   42  --  --  --  --  --
2005-06  Anaheim Mighty Ducks        NHL     5    0    1    1    2
2005-06  Columbus Blue Jackets       NHL    62   12   31   43   64  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                       1055  443  620 1063  695 162  50 113 163 113

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Sergei Fedorov

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Position: Center

Team: Washington Capitals

Uniform Number: 91

Years in League: 15

Age: 36

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 206 lbs.

Shoots: Left

College/Junior Team: CSKA Moscow (Russia)

Selection: Round 4, #74 overall, 1989 NHL Entry Draft

Drafted By: Detroit Red Wings

NHL Debut: 1990-91

Salary: $6,080,000

Date of Birth: December 13, 1969

Place of Birth: Pskov, USSR

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