Pavel Valentenko

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Pavel Valentenko
Pavel Valentenko Whale.jpg
Pavel Valentenko while playing with the Connecticut Whale
Born (1987-10-20) October 20, 1987 (age 27)
Nizhnekamsk, USSR
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Hamilton Bulldogs
Dynamo Moscow
Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale
Connecticut Whale
Avangard Omsk
NHL Draft 139th overall, 2006
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2006–present

Pavel Valentenko (Russian: Павел Валентенко; born October 20, 1987) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Valentenko was drafted in the fifth round, 139th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He moved to North America in 2007 after growing up in the Nizhnekamsk hockey system to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' farm team. He was voted best rookie for the Bulldogs in his first season (2007–08) and was part of the group of players Montreal recalled for the 2008 NHL Playoffs in the case of injuries.

On October 30, 2008, it was reported that Valentenko had defected from the Hamilton Bulldogs and signed a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow. This news came just days after Valentenko was given permission by the Bulldogs to go home to Russia for an indefinite period of time to deal with family issues.[1]

On June 30, 2009, Valentenko was traded along with Christopher Higgins, Doug Janik, and Ryan McDonagh to the New York Rangers for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Michael Busto.[2]

Between 2009 and 2012 he played for the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League. During the offseason in 2012 he signed with Avangard Omsk.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 2 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 50 0 2 2 64 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 57 1 15 16 58
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 4 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Dynamo Moscow KHL 8 0 1 1 8 1 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Dynamo Moscow KHL 7 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 79 5 12 17 38 6 0 0 0 12
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 60 5 16 21 53 9 0 3 3 6
2012–13 Avangard Omsk KHL 39 1 2 3 48 11 2 0 2 2
2013–14 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 53 7 11 18 28 7 0 1 1 4
KHL totals 107 8 14 22 86 19 2 1 3 8
AHL totals 190 11 45 56 151 15 0 3 3 18

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Russia WJC 2nd 6 2 1 3 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadiens lose defenceman". globesports.com. October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Montreal Canadiens acquire Scott Gomez from New York Rangers". ESPN. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

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