Viktor Tikhonov (ice hockey, born 1988)
May 12, 1988 |
Riga, Latvian SSR,
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
|SKA Saint Petersburg
|NHL Draft||28th overall, 2008
Viktor Vasilievich Tikhonov (Russian: Виктор Васильевич Тихонов; born May 12, 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. Selected 28th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, he is a prospect for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was named after his grandfather, Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov, the late Soviet ice hockey player and coach. His father was Vasily Tikhonov, who was also an ice hockey coach.
Viktor grew up in Los Gatos, California and in 1994, moved with his family to Lexington, Kentucky. His father Vasily was the goalie coach for the San Jose Sharks American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades. Viktor was heavily involved in the Bluegrass Blades youth hockey program.
Tikhonov was drafted 28th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Russian team Severstal Cherepovets. This was his third time entering the draft as he was passed over in his two previous years of eligibility. On July 1, 2008 he was signed by the Coyotes to a three-year entry level contract. In the following 2008–09 season Tikhonov made the Coyotes opening night roster making his NHL debut on October 12, 2008, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played in 61 games scoring 8 goals and 16 points before he was assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Tikhonov started the 2009–10 season in the AHL with the Rampage and played in 18 games before opting to take up a loan to regain form with Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL for the remainder of the season on November 27, 2009. After scoring 14 goals in 25 games, tied for second among Severstal, Tikhonov was recalled by the Coyotes on March 13, 2010. He rejoined the Coyotes as a part of the practice squad as they reached the first round of the playoffs.
|Competitor for Russia|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
He won a bronze medal in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships with the Russian squad, in a game versus Team USA. He finished the tournament with five goals and two assists in seven games, and was named the Best Forward.
In July 2013 he was named to the preliminary 35-man roster for the Russian 2014 Olympic team. He later won a gold medal in the 2014 IIHF World Championship with Russia and led the tournament in scoring.
Regular season and playoffs
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||4||2||1||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||18||2||6||8||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||60||10||23||33||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||42||17||13||30||18||10||4||2||6||4|
|2012–13||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||39||12||15||27||16||15||10||8||18||20|
|2013–14||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||52||18||16||34||20||10||2||1||3||2|
Awards and achievements
- (IIHF) 2014 World Championship – Leading Scorer (Points) (16)
- (IIHF) 2014 World Championship – Goal Scoring Leader (8)
- (IIHF) 2014 World Championship – Best Forward & All-Star Team
- "Coyotes sign first round picks Boedker and Tikhonov to contracts". Phoenix Coyotes. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "Jokinen makes debut count with goal in Coyotes' win over Blue Jackets". CBS Sports. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "Coyotes loan Tikhonov to the KHL". Phoenix Coyotes. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
- "Phoenix Coyotes' Viktor Tikhonov regains his step after visit to Russia". AZCentral. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Phoenix Coyotes re-sign Viktor Tikhonov to 1 year deal". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Victor Tikhonov.|
- Viktor Tikhonov's player profile at NHL.com
- Viktor Tikhonov profile at Eurohockey.com
- RussianProspects.com Viktor Tikhonov Profile
- Viktor Tikhonov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick