Nikolai Kulemin

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Nikolai Kulemin
Nikolai Kulemin 2012-03-07.JPG
Born (1986-07-14) July 14, 1986 (age 28)
Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–present

Nikolai Vladimirovich Kulemin (Russian: Николай Владимирович Кулёмин; born July 14, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kulemin was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft as the 44th overall pick.

Playing career[edit]

On May 25, 2007, Kulemin signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs,[1] but stayed in Russia for the 2007–08 season on a handshake agreement between the Maple Leafs and Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. During the early stages of the 2008–09 NHL season, his first in the NHL, Kulemin found chemistry on a line with teammates Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski. Near the end of the season, after the trade of Leafs forward Nik Antropov, Kulemin was used mainly on a line with Grabovski and Alexei Ponikarovsky.[2] In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 21, 2009, soon after the line was created, Kulemin posted a career-high three points (one goal and two assists) in a 5–2 Toronto win.[3] It has been noted that Ponikarovsky, a Ukrainian, has helped Kulemin become more comfortable in North America by translating and serving as a mentor on and off the ice.[2]

Kulemin's first NHL goal occurred in his first NHL game, against the Detroit Red Wings, on goaltender Chris Osgood, in Toronto's 2008–09 season opener on October 9, 2008. The goal ended up as the game winner in a 3–2 Leafs win.[4]

With the departure of teammate Tomáš Kaberle to the Boston Bruins, he currently has the most games played on the Maple Leafs active roster. He was also selected as a reserve by Team Russia for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.[5] On July 2, 2010, Kulemin signed a 2 year-year contract worth $2.35M per year.

On April 5, 2011, Kulemin became the first Russian-born Toronto Maple Leaf to score 30 goals in a season since Alexander Mogilny scored 33 in 2002–2003. Kulemin, along with Mats Sundin, Phil Kessel and Mogilny, are the only Leafs to score 30 or more since the 1999–2000 NHL season. Following this season, which was a personal best, Kulemin dropped to 7 goals over 70 games in the 2011–12 NHL season.

Kulemin was re-signed by Toronto on July 20, 2012, to another two year contract, worth $2.8M per year.[6] During the NHL lockout in the 2012–13 NHL season, he returned to the Metallurg Magnitogorsk, where he scored 38 points in 36 games. Upon the lockout ending he returned to Toronto.

Kulemin was selected to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Russian National team on home soil.

On July 2, 2014, Kulemin left the Leafs after six seasons to sign a four-year free agent contract with the New York Islanders.[7]

Personal[edit]

Kulemin is married and has two children — a boy named Alexei, born on March 20, 2009,[8] and a girl named Daniella, born on February 10, 2012.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-3 43 8 18 26 91
2004–05 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-2 43 9 13 22 44
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 31 5 8 13 8 11 2 4 6 6
2005–06 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-2 4 3 1 4 6
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 54 27 12 39 42 15 10 1 11 10
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 57 21 12 33 63 11 2 2 4 29
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 15 16 31 18
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 16 20 36 16
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 30 27 57 26
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 7 21 28 6
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 36 14 24 38 26
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 7 16 23 22 7 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 9 11 20 24
NHL totals 421 84 111 195 112 7 0 1 1 0
RSL totals 142 53 32 85 113 37 14 7 21 45

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Russia Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2014 Minsk
Gold 2012 Helsinki
Silver 2010 Germany
Bronze 2007 Russia
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2004 Belarus
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Russia WJC18 1 6 0 2 2 2
2006 Russia WJC 2 4 4 2 6 25
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 1 3 4 2
2007 Russia WC 3 9 2 1 3 0
2010 Russia Oly QF
2010 Russia WC 2 9 3 2 5 25
2011 Russia WC 4th 9 1 0 1 2
2012 Russia WC 1 10 1 3 4 0
2014 Russia Oly QF 5 0 0 0 2
2014 Russia WC 1 10 3 4 7 2
Junior totals 10 4 4 8 27
Senior totals 59 11 13 24 33

Honours and awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Team awards[edit]

References[edit]

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