July 14, 1986 |
Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||44th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nikolai Vladimirovich Kulemin (Russian: Николай Владимирович Кулёмин; born July 14, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kulemin was selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 44th overall pick.
Kulemin is married and has two children — a boy named Alexei, born on March 20, 2009. And a girl named Daniella, born on February 10, 2012.
On May 25, 2007, Kulemin signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs, 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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 resigned by Toronto on July 20th, 2012, to another two year contract, worth $2.8M per year. During the NHL lockout in the 2012–13 NHL season, Kulemin 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.
Honours and awards
- Russian Super League MVP: 2007
- Tampere Cup: 2006
- Česká Pojišťovna Cup: 2006
- Karjala Cup: 2006
- Channel One Cup: 2006
- Russian Super League championship: 2007
Regular season and playoffs
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||73||15||16||31||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||7||16||23||22||7||0||1||1||0|
|Competitor for Russia|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||10||4||4||8||27|
|Senior int'l totals||44||8||9||17||29|
- "Kulemin first time father". Toronto Sun. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens – Recap – March 21, 2009 – ESPN
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings – Recap – October 09, 2008 – ESPN
- Kovalev, Frolov, Zubov and Kulemin added to Olympics squad – Russian National Hockey Team