July 20, 1978 |
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, USSR
|Height||5 ft 10.1 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Detroit Red Wings
Ak Bars Kazan
HC Dynamo Moscow
HC CSKA Moscow
|NHL Draft||171st overall, 1998
Detroit Red Wings
Pavel Valerievich "Magic Man" Datsyuk (Russian: Па́вел Вале́рьевич Дацю́к, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪl dɐˈt͡sʲʉk]; born July 20, 1978) is a professional ice hockey player from Russia and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and, for the duration of the 2012-13 NHL lockout, CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He is considered to be one of the best two-way forwards in the game today, having won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in the 2007–08, 2008–09, and 2009–10 NHL seasons. Datsyuk also won four consecutive Lady Byng Memorial Trophies from 2006-09 for performance and sportsmanship. He was nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player following the 2008–09 season. Datsyuk won the Stanley Cup in 2002 and 2008 with the Red Wings.
Early years 
Datsyuk was born in Sverdlovsk (Cвердловск) (now Yekaterinburg), in the Urals region of Russia. His parents have called him by his short name "Pasha" from an early age. His childhood had more than its fair share of difficulties, especially at the age of 16, when his mother died. While Datsyuk displayed above-average hockey skills, he was often overlooked by scouts because of his smaller size. He began playing for the farm club of Dynamo Yekaterinburg in the mid-1990s, though he seemed headed for an undistinguished career until noted Olympic trainer Vladimir Krikunov began coaching the team. The boy “with the twitchy walk” caught the eye of Krikunov, but not on the ice. Instead, Datsyuk excelled on the soccer field, where his anticipation, vision and intelligence were more apparent. Under Krikunov, Datsyuk evolved into a particularly efficient two-way player, and he began to draw wider attention among Russian hockey fans. Despite his early successes, however, he went undrafted in the 1996 and 1997 NHL drafts.
Personal Life 
Playing career 
Datsyuk was first noticed by Red Wings Director of European Scouting Håkan Andersson in the summer of 1997–98. Andersson was in Moscow to scout Dmitri Kalinin, but the one who caught his eye was Datsyuk, "this little guy on the other team." Andersson made another trip to see Datsyuk and would have gone a third time; however, his flight was canceled because of a storm. A scout from the St. Louis Blues was on the plane as well, and as a result of that storm Andersson believes he is the only NHL scout to have seen Datsyuk play prior to the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, when the Red Wings drafted him 171st overall.
- Early years
When Datsyuk began his NHL career for the Red Wings, his mentors – including Soviet stars Igor Larionov and Sergei Fedorov, as well as Detroit captain Steve Yzerman – helped him learn his way around the NHL. He was put on a line with Brett Hull and Boyd Devereaux and had a moderately productive first year. The length and difficulty of the NHL season got to him eventually, causing him to sit out a clump of games at the end of the year in preparation for the playoffs. He contributed three goals and three assists to the Red Wings' 2002 Stanley Cup run.
Expectations were high for Datsyuk's second season, particularly with the addition of another highly touted prospect to the team, Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg replaced Devereaux on the Datsyuk-Hull line, and the famous version of the "Two Kids and an Old Goat Line" was born. He played only 64 games because of a knee injury but ended up with 51 points in the 2003 season. His playoff performance was a bit disappointing that year, but the same could be said about the entire Red Wings team. The team was swept by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round, and Datsyuk was held pointless.
- 2003-04 NHL Season
The departure of Sergei Fedorov in the 2003 offseason made room for Datsyuk to rise to prominence on the Red Wings. He took full advantage of his extra ice time, where his playmaking skills elevated him to the ranks of legitimate scorers in the NHL. Datsyuk earned a spot in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he had no goals and six assists through 12 games before the Wings were eliminated in the second round.
- 2004 NHL Lockout
He was a restricted free agent during the 2004–05 offseason but could not reach a deal with the Red Wings despite repeated statements by his agent, Gary Greenstin, indicating his desire to stay in Detroit. He chose not to go into salary arbitration and played with HC Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. On September 4, 2005, Datsyuk signed a one-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superleague (RSL), and Moscow Dynamo matched the offer two days later.
On September 19, 2005, the day the arbitration committee of the Russian Superleague was set to determine which club had Datsyuk's rights, Datsyuk agreed to a two-year deal with the Red Wings for a total of US $7.8 million.
Superstar status 
- 2005-06 NHL season
During the 2005–06 season, his high level of play combined with his sportsmanship (he recorded just 22 penalty minutes the entire season) won him the Lady Byng Trophy, the first of four consecutive awards. Datsyuk also earned a spot on the Russian team for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
- 2006-07 NHL season
During the 2006–07 season, Datsyuk debuted Reebok's new hockey stick with holes bored into the shaft to make it more aerodynamic, dubbed the 9KO. He completed the season matching his previous campaign's total of 87 points. Prior to the beginning of the playoffs on April 6, 2007, Pavel signed a 7-year contract extension with the Red Wings for US$46.9 million. He helped the Red Wings get to the Western Conference finals against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, contributing 16 points in 18 games.
- 2007-08 NHL season
In 2007–08, Pavel was voted by the NHL fans, along with teammates Nicklas Lidström and Henrik Zetterberg, to start for the Western Conference in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. He went on to have a career year with a team-high 97 points in 82 games, also leading Red Wings forwards in blocked shots. In leading the team in scoring, he joined Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman as the only players in franchise history to do so in 3 consecutive seasons. Going into the playoffs, he scored his first career NHL hat trick on May 12, 2008, in a 5–2 win over the Dallas Stars in game three of the Western Conference Finals, en route to a 2008 Stanley Cup Finals meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In game six, Datsyuk recorded two assists in a 3–2 win to clinch the team's 11th Stanley Cup title and its fourth in eleven years.
Having led the NHL in 2007–08 with a plus-minus of 41 and 144 takeaways (58 more than Mike Modano second-best total of 86), Datsyuk was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward. With just 20 penalty minutes, he was also awarded the Lady Byng Trophy. In the voting for the Selke, Datsyuk received 537 points (43 first place votes) while John Madden of the New Jersey Devils received 447 points and Datsyuk's linemate Henrik Zetterberg received 425 points. In the voting for the Lady Byng, Datsyuk received 985 points (75 first place votes). In addition, Datsyuk became the first NHL player to win the Lady Byng Trophy three consecutive times in over 70 years. Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers was the last player to do so, winning the Lady Byng from 1933 to 1935. Datsyuk and Ron Francis are the only players to have been awarded both the Selke and Lady Byng trophies during their careers.
- 2008-09 NHL season
Datsyuk was selected to his third NHL All-Star Game in 2009, but because of a hip injury he did not attend. However, as per a new league policy that states players must demonstrate injury by missing at least one game prior to the All-Star Game, Datsyuk was suspended one game, along with teammate Nicklas Lidström, for not attending.
Datsyuk finished the 2008–09 season with 97 points (32 goals and 65 assists), matching his career high. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy, beating out Philadelphia's Mike Richards and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler. He also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the fourth consecutive season. Datsyuk also received a nomination for the Best NHL Player Award at the ESPYs but lost to Sidney Crosby.
- 2009-10 NHL season
Datsyuk finished with his lowest point total since the lockout in the 2009-10 NHL season with 70 points in 82 games. As a result of early season injuries to sniper Johan Franzén, center Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Niklas Kronwall, the Red Wings struggled to find consistency. However, a strong finish escalated the team from 9th place in February to 5th, along with yet another 100-point season. Datsyuk scored the first two goals in Game 7 of the first round against the Phoenix Coyotes, including a breakaway deke on Ilya Bryzgalov that sent the Wings to the 2nd round for the 4th consecutive playoff season. The Red Wings lost in 5 games to the San Jose Sharks.
- 2010-11 NHL season
Datsyuk achieved a Gordie Howe hat trick on the opening night of the 2010-11 NHL season against the Anaheim Ducks with a goal, an assist and a fight with opposing star player Corey Perry. Datsyuk was yet again impressive in the playoffs, leading his team with 15 points in 11 games. As the Red Wings fell behind 3-0 to the Sharks in the second round (which also happened the previous year), Datsyuk almost led his team back from the deficit to win the series. A game 5 winning assist to Tomas Holmstrom's goal, a game 6 winning assist to Valtteri Filppula's goal, and a game 7 late backhand goal highlights Datsyuk's heroics in an eventual losing effort.
- 2011-12 NHL season
As a tribute to Ruslan Salei, Datsyuk wore jersey #24 during the 2011 preseason. Datsyuk was an early season candidate for the Hart Trophy winner until a knee injury in February caused the Red Wings to fall apart. The Wings dropped from first place in February to fifth, drawing the Nashville Predators in the first round, losing 4-1. Datsyuk finished with 67 points in 70 games for the regular season, and was also named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.
- 2012 NHL Lockout
As the NHL entered its second lockout in 8 years, Datsyuk followed other prominent names such as Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to head overseas. Datsyuk signed with HC CSKA Moscow of the KHL in September. Datsyuk tallied 36 points in 31 games.
Awards and achievements 
- NHL Second All-Star Team — 2009
- Selected to the NHL All-Star Game — 2004, 2008, 2009*, 2012
- Played in the NHL YoungStars Game — 2002
- Stanley Cup (Detroit Red Wings) — 2002, 2008
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Frank J. Selke Trophy — 2008, 2009, 2010
- NHL Plus-Minus Award — 2008
- NHL Offensive Player of the Month — December 2003
- Carhartt “Hardest Working” Player of the Month — December 2007
- 2010-2011 NHL Players Poll: Hardest to Take the Puck Off of, Cleanest Player.
- 2011-2012 NHL Players Poll: Smartest Player, Most Difficult to Play Against, Hardest to Take the Puck From, Most Difficult to Stop, Cleanest Player, Toughest Forward to Play Against.
* did not attend
- World Championship Best Forward — 2010
- World Championship All-Star Team — 2010
- Voted Best Russian NHL Player by Russian NHL Players – Kharlamov Trophy
Career statistics 
|1999–00||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||15||1||3||4||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||42||9||17||26||10||4||0||1||1||2|
|2001–02||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||11||24||35||4||21||3||3||6||2|
|2002–03||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||64||12||39||51||16||4||0||0||0||0|
|2003–04||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||75||30||38||68||35||12||0||6||6||2|
|2004–05||HC Dynamo Moscow||RSL||47||15||17||32||16||10||6||3||9||4|
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||75||28||59||87||22||5||0||3||3||0|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||79||27||60||87||20||18||8||8||16||8|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||31||66||97||20||22||10||13||23||6|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||32||65||97||22||16||1||8||9||5|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||27||43||70||18||12||6||7||13||8|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||56||23||36||59||15||11||4||11||15||8|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||19||48||67||14||5||1||2||3||2|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||47||15||34||49||14||—||—||—||—||—|
International play 
|Competitor for Russia|
|Bronze||2002 Salt Lake City||Ice Hockey|
|Bronze||2005 Vienna||Ice Hockey|
|Silver||2010 Cologne||Ice Hockey|
|Gold||2012 Helsinki||Ice hockey|
Played for Russia in:
- 2001 World Championships
- 2002 Winter Olympics (bronze medal)
- 2003 World Championship
- 2004 World Cup of Hockey
- 2005 World Championship (bronze medal)
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- 2010 Winter Olympics
- 2010 World Championship (silver medal)
- 2012 World Championship (gold medal)
|Senior int'l totals||61||17||28||45||14|
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- "Injuries will keep Datsyuk, Lidstrom out of All-Star game lineup". Detroit Free Press. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
- "Crosby attends All-Star game, Datsyuk, Lidstrom punished for sitting out". Canadian Press. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
- Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk wins Selke, Lady Byng; Zdeno Chara ends Nicklas Lidstrom's Norris run. Mlive.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
- "2009 ESPY Awards, Sports Star Nominees, Winners, TV Schedule, Pictures". Retrieved 2009-07-17.
- "Hockey Night in Canada / NHLPA Player Poll". Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- Павел Дацюк: "До Харламова мне как до Луны. Но я очень рад этой победе!". Sovsport.ru. 15 April 2011. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
- Official Site
- Pavel Datsyuk's player profile at NHL.com
- Pavel Datsyuk's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Pavel Datsyuk – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Martin St. Louis
|Winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
|Frank J. Selke Trophy winner
2008, 2009, 2010