July 16, 1966 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Sokil Kyiv
|National team||Soviet Union|
|NHL Draft||225th overall, 1984
A top offensive-minded defenceman for many years in the Soviet Union, Tatarinov was selected in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, however it was another six years before he finally had a chance to play in the National Hockey League. He continued to play in Russia for the Soviet National Team, winning the gold in the World Junior Championships in 1984 and 1986, and he played for many years with Moscow Dynamo. He was also part of the Soviet team that took on the NHL All-Stars in Rendez-vous '87.
In 1990, Tatarinov finally was able to come over to North America to play for the Capitals, and became the first young Soviet player to play in the NHL without defecting. He played one season with the Capitals before he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques, and had a very good season on a very bad Nordiques team in the 91–92. His second season with Quebec was limited by injuries. Tatarinov signed with the Boston Bruins prior to the 1993–94 NHL season, and played in just two games for the Bruins before injuries forced him to retire.
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Mikhail Tatarinov's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Mikhail Tatarinov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mikhail Tatarinov – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Mikhail Tatarinov's player profile at NHL.com
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