October 27, 1978 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
|NHL Draft||8th overall, 1997
Sergei Viktorovich Samsonov (Russian: Серге́й Ви́кторович Самсо́нов, Sergej Viktorovič Samsonov; born October 27, 1978) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward that is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Samsonov was drafted by the Boston Bruins eighth overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Boston drafted Joe Thornton first overall in the same draft. In his rookie year, Samsonov won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie after scoring 22 goals and a total of 47 points. In the 2000–01 season, he played in his only NHL All-Star Game in Denver.
Before playing in the NHL, Samsonov represented Russia in 1996 and 1997 at the World Junior Hockey Championships. He led the 1997 Russian team to a bronze medal and was named the tournament's most outstanding forward after scoring six goals in six games. He later played for Russia in 2002 at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, earning a bronze medal.
In his early career, Samsonov was a highly touted prospect as the next future star of international hockey as he wowed fans and scouts alike with his shifty turns and scoring prowess. Samsonov scored 110 goals in 50 games with the Red Army junior team in 1994–95. That was prior to moving up to the Elite team later that season. He had 23 goals, 19 assists for a total of 42 points with 26 PIM in 64 career games with the Red Army elite team. In 1996–97, he played for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League, and won the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year. He also won the league championship, the Turner Cup, with the Vipers. Samsonov is the only player in history to ever win the rookie of the year award for the IHL and the NHL in back-to-back seasons.
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Bronze||2002 Salt Lake City||Ice Hockey|
On March 9, 2006, Samsonov was traded from Boston to the Edmonton Oilers for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, and a second-round pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft (Milan Lucic). He was part of the Oilers team that made it to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.
On July 12, 2006, Samsonov signed with the Montreal Canadiens for a two-year contract worth $7.05 million. Through a lackluster season, the Canadiens placed Samsonov on waivers in February 2007, and traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen in June 2007.
On January 3, 2008, the Blackhawks assigned Samsonov to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) after he cleared waivers. It was a disappointing move for the former Calder Memorial Trophy Winner, although Samsonov did score in his debut for Rockford against the Chicago Wolves.
On January 8, 2008, the Carolina Hurricanes claimed Samsonov off re-entry waivers. He recorded his first point as a Hurricane on January 12, 2008, against the Colorado Avalanche and scored his first goal three days later in a three-point game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On April 16, 2008, the Hurricanes announced that they had reached an agreement with Samsonov for a three-year contract worth $7.6 million. The deal will pay Samsonov $2.3 million in 2008–09, $2.5 million in 2009–10 and $2.8 million in 2010–11.
At the 2011 trade deadline, Samsonov was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he played 20 games.
As of 2014, Samsonov was a scout for the Carolina Hurricanes. 
Regular season and playoffs
|Junior int'l totals||13||10||3||13||0|
|Senior int'l totals||10||2||4||6||4|
- Sergei Samsonov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Sergei Samsonov's player profile at NHL.com
- Sergei Samsonov profile at Eurohockey.com
- Sergei Samsonov's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
|Boston Bruins first round draft pick
|Winner of the Calder Trophy