Alexander Radulov

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Alexander Radulov
Alexander Radulov 2012-10-28.jpeg
Born (1986-07-05) July 5, 1986 (age 28)
Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
CSKA Moscow
NHL
Nashville Predators
RSL
Dynamo Moscow
KHL
Salavat Yulaev
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2004
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2002–present

Alexander Valerievich Radulov (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Радулов; born July 5, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for CSKA of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Radulov is the KHL's all-time leading scorer with 322 points. He also holds the records for most career assists (209), plus-minus (110), and points in a single KHL season with 80. [1] He is of mixed Russian and Gagauz ethnicity.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Radulov started his North American career in 2004–05, being drafted at the 2004 CHL Import player draft by the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). That year, he finished third in scoring for his team, with 75 points in 65 games, behind Josh Hennessy and Karl Gagné.

The following year, he became one of the most exciting and dominant players to play in the QMJHL. In the first half of the season, he and rookie Angelo Esposito formed one of the most explosive duos in the league. He became equally renowned for skating in front of the opposing team's bench and twirling his stick around and banging the handle on the ice, as if to put a sword into a sheath, after scoring a goal, something that angered opposing players but captivated and inspired his coach, Patrick Roy.

On October 28, 2005, he set a new franchise record with six goals against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He added an assist in the win (11–3). That night, Radulov tied the Quebec Remparts team's record with Eric Chouinard for most points in a single game (seven). Later, on March 19, 2006, in a game against the 2005 Memorial Cup second-place finishing Rimouski Océanic, for whom his teammates Cedrick Desjardins and Michal Sersen played for in 2004–05, Radulov wrote history in the Québec Colisée by scoring an amazing seven goals and four assists for 11 points, breaking both records for most goals and points in a single game for the Remparts, in a 16–3 victory.

Radulov owns the Remparts record for the most consecutive point streak games with 50, passing the 28 game mark established by Éric Chouinard in 1999–00. He's ranked second all-time with that sequence in the QMJHL, only behind Mario Lemieux with 62.

Radulov finished as the scoring leader for the QMJHL and the CHL in 2005–2006 with 152 points (61 goals, 91 assists). He currently owns the record for the most points in a single season for the Remparts, beating the mark of 120 set by Simon Gagné in 1998–99. He also owns the record for the most goals and assists in a season as a Remparts. He passed the mark of 57 goals set by Éric Chouinard and the mark of 75 assists set by Wes Scanzano, both back in 1999–00. He also tied with Pavel Rosa for the most points by a QMJHL European player in a single season. His 61 goals were second-highest in the QMJHL for the 2005–06 season; Maxime Boisclair of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens was first with 70.

In the 2006 playoffs, Radulov tallied 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists) and was ranked again as the scoring leader. He registered at least a point in each game. Radulov finished only two points shy of the playoff points record set by Simon Gamache in 2000–01. In the Remparts' semi-final series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, he had 19 points in the seven-game series alone. He lost the MVP to victorious Moncton Wildcats forward Mārtiņš Karsums, a Boston Bruins prospect from Latvia.

All team records set by Radulov are for the new edition of the Remparts, which began in the 1997–98 season.

Radulov delivered an incredible performance in the Remparts' 2006 Memorial Cup championship game victory over the Moncton Wildcats. In the 6–2 win, he netted two goals and assisted on three more, totaling five points, one point away from tying the all-time record in a Memorial Cup final. He registered nine points (five goals, four assists) in four games and won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament MVP.

On November 28, 2007, the Remparts retired Radulov's number 22 jersey.

NHL and Nashville Predators[edit]

During Radulov's 2005–06 QMJHL season, he was signed to a three-year NHL contract by the Nashville Predators on January 9, 2006. He would begin his professional career as a member of the Predators' farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), the following season. He was selected player of the week on October 16, 2006, posting two goals and four assists in only two games.

On October 21, 2006, Radulov made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators against the Vancouver Canucks, logging seven minutes and one minor penalty. He scored his first career NHL goal on his first career shot against the San Jose Sharks on October 26. Following another reassignment to Milwaukee, Radulov remained on the Nashville roster for the rest of the 2006–07 season after he was recalled on November 21, 2006.

In Game Two of the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Radulov was suspended for one game for his hit on San Jose Sharks forward Steve Bernier. Bernier was sent into the boards head first and lay motionless on the ice for three minutes, before being helped off by teammates Joe Thornton and Marcel Goc.[3] However, Bernier did not suffer any serious injury.[4]

KHL[edit]

On July 11, 2008, it was announced that although Radulov was still under contract with the Nashville Predators for one more season,[5] he had signed a three-year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Radulov had previously notified the Predators organization of his desire to play in Russia, stating that he was being offered better conditions.[6] Immediately after the announcement, the Predators, National Hockey League (NHL), and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) all released statements emphasizing that Radulov's contract obligated him to the Predators through the 2008–09 season and that signing with a team in Russia was a direct violation of an agreement made the previous day between the NHL and all international hockey leagues to respect players' existing contracts.[7][8] After the IIHF ordered that Ufa void Radulov's contract, Ilya Kochevrin, vice-president of the KHL, argued that Radulov was signed on July 5, before the agreement was made on July 10.[9] While the contract remained disputed, the IIHF suspended Radulov from international play on July 18 as investigations continued,[10] a suspension that was lifted soon as it appeared there was no legal ground to suspend Radulov.

After giving Radulov a September 1 deadline to notify his intentions to return to Nashville, the Predators suspended him, on September 2, without pay for the 2008–09 season.[11]

Return to NHL[edit]

Following the end of Salavat Yulaev Ufa's 2011–12 season, on March 12, 2012, it was reported that paperwork was being finalized for Radulov to return to Nashville for the balance of the season and for the playoffs. Five days later, Radulov's agent Yuri Nikolaev confirmed Radulov was returning to the NHL on March 22, 2012, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[12] The day before the return, Radulov was presented his jersey at a press conference, where the Predators announced they had lifted his suspension from the team, finalizing his return. In his return to Nashville, Radulov scored the Predators' only goal in a 5–1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He concluded the 2011–12 NHL regular season with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in nine games.

On May 1, 2012, Radulov and Predators teammate Andrei Kostitsyn were spotted at a Scottsdale bar at 5:00 AM the night before game two of their second round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes, thus breaking curfew. Both were subsequently suspended by Predators' management for game three.[13] Said Predators' general manager David Poile of the incident: "What they did was unacceptable and the coaches and myself had to come to the plate and do the right thing for the team. It happened. It's really unfortunate. It's selfish behaviour and we'll just have to leave it at that."[14]

On June 6, 2012, the Nashville Predators announced that they would not be extending Radulov's contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

Return to KHL[edit]

On July 2, 2012, Radulov signed a four-year contract with CSKA of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for $9.2 million per year.[15]

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Radulov lead team Russia in goals (3) and points (6) in 5 games but lost in the quarterfinals against Finland, finishing in 5th place.

Awards and achievements[edit]

KHL[edit]

Trophies[edit]

  • 2010: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
  • 2011: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
  • 2012: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
  • 2011: Gagarin Cup

AHL[edit]

Player of the week[edit]

  • Week 2: October 10, 2006 to October 15, 2006

CHL[edit]

Player of the week[edit]

  • Week 1: November 1, 2005
  • Week 21: March 21, 2006

Trophies[edit]

QMJHL[edit]

Player of the week[edit]

  • Week 6: October 24 to October 30, 2005
  • Week 18: January 23 to January 29, 2006
  • Week 23: February 27 to March 5, 2006
  • Week 25: March 14 to March 19, 2006

Player of the month[edit]

  • February 2006
  • March 2006

Trophies[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 THK Tver RUS-2 42 15 16 31 102
2003–04 Dynamo Moscow RSL 1 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 65 32 43 75 64 13 6 5 11 15
2005–06 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 62 61 91 152 101 23 21 34 55 30
2005–06 Quebec Remparts Memorial Cup 4 5 4 9 6
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 11 6 12 18 26
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 64 18 19 37 26 4 3 1 4 19
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 81 26 32 58 44 6 2 2 4 6
2008–09 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 52 22 26 48 92 4 0 2 2 4
2009–10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 54 24 39 63 62 16 8 11 19 10
2010–11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 54 20 60 80 83 21 3 15 18 42
2011–12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 50 25 38 63 64 6 0 6 6 2
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 9 3 4 7 4 8 1 5 6 4
2012–13 CSKA Moscow KHL 48 22 46 68 86 9 1 6 7 0
2013–14 CSKA Moscow KHL 34 9 25 34 75
NHL totals 154 47 55 102 74 18 6 8 14 29
KHL totals 292 122 234 356 462 56 12 40 52 58

International play[edit]

Alexander Radulov
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2009 Switzerland
Gold 2008 Canada
Bronze 2007 Russia
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Canada
Silver 2005 United States

Played for Russia in:

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Russia WJC18 1 6 2 5 7 2
2005 Russia WJC 2 6 2 1 3 4
2006 Russia WJC 2 6 1 3 4 4
Junior int'l totals 18 5 9 14 10
2007 Russia WC 3 9 2 0 2 6
2008 Russia WC 1 6 0 3 3 2
2009 Russia WC 1 9 4 6 10 10
2010 Russia Oly 6th 4 1 1 2 4
2011 Russia WC 4th 9 2 5 7 6
2014 Russia Oly 5th 5 3 3 6 4
Senior int'l totals 42 12 18 30 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander Radulov". khl.ru. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/yurtaev/57603.html
  3. ^ "Predators forward Radulov suspended one game". CBC Sports. 2007-04-14. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  4. ^ Chi, Victor (2007-04-16). "Bernier not seeking revenge". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-18. [dead link]
  5. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/309774-the-top-10-players-not-playing-in-the-nhl
  6. ^ "Radulov the latest NHLer to sign in Russia". TSN. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Preds, NHL Issue Statements Regarding Reports on Alexander Radulov". Nashville Predators. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 13 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  8. ^ "NHL, Russians make progress, but still no transfer agreement". National Hockey League. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-12. [dead link]
  9. ^ McRae, Kevin (2008-07-16). "Alexander Radulov:KHL to allow contract". Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "IIHF suspends 6 players, investigates transfers". CBC Sports. 2008-07-18. Archived from the original on 29 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Predators suspend Radulov indefinitely without pay". TSN. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  12. ^ "Report: Agent Confirms Radulov's Return". TSN. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins Game Recap – 03/22/2012. Nhl.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-06.
  14. ^ Chris Stevenson. CANOE – SLAM! Sports – Hockey – NHL Play Offs 'Selfish' Preds duo suspended for breaking curfew. Slam.canoe.ca (2012-05-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-06.
  15. ^ Report: Radulov signs four-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Tsn.ca (2012-07-02). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.

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Preceded by
Ryan Suter
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Ryan Parent
Preceded by
Sidney Crosby
CHL Player of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
John Tavares