April 25, 1986 |
Tolyatti, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
HC Lada Togliatti
Ak Bars Kazan
|NHL Draft||84th overall, 2004
Alexei Valerievich Yemelin (Russian: Алексей Валерьевич Емелин; born April 25, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Yemelin was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft with the 84th overall.
He spent a large portion of his career with HC Lada Togliatti in the Russian Superleague before signing with Ak Bars Kazan. He was also a member of Russia's U18 and U20 national squads and has also become a regular member of the senior national team, skating for both in EuroTour and the World Championships.
In a 2009 KHL game he sustained a face injury during a fight with Alexander Svitov ; an orbital bone shattered and had to be rebuilt with metal plate. He has tried to avoid getting into fights since.
On May 17, 2011, the Russian defenceman signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for the 2011–12 season. He played his first regular-season NHL game on October 9, 2011 in a 5–1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. In addition, he scored his first regular-season NHL point, an assist, on December 6, 2011, in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On January 25, 2012, Emelin scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings.
During the lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season, Yemelin established himself as a key member of the Montreal Canadiens defensive core, often playing with fellow countryman Andrei Markov. He scored 3 goals and 12 points in 38 games for the Canadiens and finished with a plus-two rating. His season was derailed by an injury during a game against the Boston Bruins on April 6, 2013 when Yemelin collided with Bruins forward Milan Lucic, falling awkwardly and tearing a ligament in his left knee. As a result, Emelin missed the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.
On October 31, 2013, Yemelin signed a four-year contract extension up until the end of the 2017–2018 season.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||CSK VVS Samara||RUS-2||53||2||4||6||198||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||56||0||4||4||123||10||0||1||1||10|
|2008–09||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||51||0||3||3||58||7||1||0||1||10|
|2009–10||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||46||1||6||7||50||22||5||8||13||24|
|2010–11||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||52||11||15||26||117||9||0||0||0||4|
|2012–13||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||24||2||7||9||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior Int'l totals||18||3||5||8||57|
|Senior int'l totals||36||4||5||9||72|
- "Emelin the Canadiens’ mystery man". Montreal Gazette. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
- "Lightning's Ryan Malone on attacking Habs' Emelin: "It's not old school hockey, it's pretty much hockey"". Tampa Bay Times. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "Canadiens sign Emelin to a one-year contract". Montreal Canadiens. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Habs ink Alexei Emelin to a 2-year deal". Montreal Canadiens. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-06-30.