Andrei Nikolishin

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Andrei Nikolishin
Born (1973-03-25) March 25, 1973 (age 41)
Vorkuta, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
PHL team
Former teams
Sokil Kyiv
NHL
Hartford Whalers
Washington Capitals
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
RSL
Dynamo Moscow
CSKA Moscow
Lada Togliatti
Avangard Omsk
SKA St. Petersburg
Traktor Chelyabinsk
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1992
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1990–2012

Andrei Vasilievich Nikolishin (Russian: Андрей Васильевич Николишин; born March 25, 1973) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Sokil Kyiv of the Professional Hockey League of Ukraine. Over his NHL career with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche he played in 628 games, with 93 goals and 280 points.

Playing career[edit]

Nikolishin began his professional career with HC Dynamo Moscow. He played for four years domestically in Russia and was named Russian player of the Year in the 1993–94 season. During this time Andrei also captured a gold medal with the CIS in the 1992 World Junior Championships and represented Russia in the 1993 World Championships, 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1994 World Championships.

Nikolishin was drafted in the second round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, picked 47th by the Hartford Whalers. He made his NHL debut in the delayed 1994–95 season with the Whalers and following with 51 points in the 1995-96 season. After representing Russia in the 1996 World Cup, Nikolishin started the 1996-97 season with the Whalers but was shortly traded to the Washington Capitals for Curtis Leschyshyn on November 9, 1996.

In the following 1997-98 campaign, Nikolishin established himself as an important checking and special teams player, recording 13 assists in the playoffs helping the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup finals before falling to champions the Detroit Red Wings. After a brief holdout prior to the 1998–99 season, Nikolishin was a main-stay on the checking line for the Capitals over the next four seasons.[1]

After representing Russia in the 2002 Winter Olympics, Nikolishin was traded from the Capitals, along with Chris Simon, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Michael Nylander and a 2003 third round pick (Steve Werner) on November 1, 2002.[2] Nikolishin played just one season with the Blackhawks before he was again dealt on June 21, 2003, to the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2003–04 season, his last in the NHL.[3]

Due to the 2004 NHL Lockout, Andrei returned to Russia and signed with HC CSKA Moscow on June 4, 2004. He has since played with Lada Togliatti, Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg.

On November 5, 2007, Nikolishin was signed by Traktor Chelyabinsk and remained with the team as captain when Traktor joined the newly formed KHL in the 2008–09 season.

Personal[edit]

Nikolishin comes from a Ukrainian family. Following the Russian Revolution, the brother of his grandfather went on to serve in the Polish Army, and eventually emigrate the family to Edmonton, Alberta,[4] known for its large Ukrainian Canadian diaspora population.

His father, Vasyl Nikolishin, was a victim of Joseph Stalin's Great Purge, and was exiled from Ukraine to a Gulag forced labor coal mine in Vorkuta, the largest center of the camps in European Russia, for a period of 25 years. His parents did not tell him of this until he was older, out of fear of repressions, jeopardizing his career, and the stigma of being an enemy of the people that would restrict his travel abroad.[5] Upon his death, his father's body was repatriated to Vivnya, Lviv Oblast.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Dynamo Moscow USSR 2 0 0 0 0  —  —  —  —  —
1991–92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 6 1 0 1 2  —  —  —  —  —
1992–93 Dynamo Moscow IHL 42 5 7 12 30 10 2 1 3 8
1993–94 Dynamo Moscow IHL 41 8 12 20 30 9 1 3 4 4
1994–95 Dynamo Moscow IHL 12 7 2 9 6  —  —  —  —  —
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 39 8 10 18 10  —  —  —  —  —
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 61 14 37 51 34  —  —  —  —  —
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 12 2 5 7 2  —  —  —  —  —
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 59 7 14 21 30  —  —  —  —  —
1997–98 Portland Pirates AHL 2 0 0 0 2  —  —  —  —  —
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 38 6 10 16 14 21 1 13 14 12
1998–99 Dynamo Moscow RSL 4 0 0 0 0  —  —  —  —  —
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 73 8 27 35 28  —  —  —  —  —
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 76 11 14 25 28 5 0 2 2 4
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 81 13 25 38 34 6 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 80 13 23 36 40  —  —  —  —  —
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 6 15 21 26  —  —  —  —  —
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 49 5 7 12 24 11 0 2 2 4
2004–05 CSKA Moscow RSL 55 7 19 26 62  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 Lada Togliatti RSL 14 2 0 2 36  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 Avangard Omsk RSL 19 3 4 7 8 13 1 1 2 32
2006–07 SKA St. Petersburg RSL 19 2 2 4 26 3 0 0 0 10
2007–08 Traktor Chelyabinsk RSL 32 11 21 32 30 3 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 48 10 29 39 108 3 1 0 1 2
2009–10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 46 7 14 21 77 2 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 30 5 8 13 22  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 Sokil Kyiv PHL 36 16 45 61 32 8 3 5 8 14
NHL totals 628 93 187 280 270 43 1 17 18 22
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Team

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1992 CIS WJC 1 7 1 2 3 2
1993 Russia WC 1 8 1 3 4 8
1994 Russia Oly 4th 8 2 5 7 6
1994 Russia WC 5th 6 0 0 0 4
1996 Russia WC 4th 8 2 3 5 10
1996 Russia WCH SF 4 1 3 4 4
1997 Russia WC 4th 5 0 1 1 6
2000 Russia WC 11th 4 0 0 0 0
2002 Russia Oly 3 6 0 1 1 6
Senior int'l totals 49 6 16 22 44

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