Alexander Burmistrov

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Alexander Burmistrov
Alexander Burmistrov (Александр Бурмистров) (26082335080).jpg
Burmistrov with the Jets in 2016
Born (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 26)
Kazan, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Ak Bars Kazan
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Arizona Coyotes
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2010
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2008–present

Alexander Olegovich Burmistrov (Russian: Александр Олегович Бурмистров, [ɐlʲɪˈksandr bʊrˈmʲistrəf]; born 21 October 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey player, currently under contract to Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League. He previously played in the National Hockey League for the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise and the Arizona Coyotes, before retiring from the NHL after a short stint with the Vancouver Canucks.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Burmistrov joined the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) after being selected 12th overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft.[1] He made his debut in North America on 17 September 2009, against the Owen Sound Attack, recording his first career OHL goal in his debut.[1]

Professional[edit]

Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets[edit]

On 8 October 2010, Burmistrov made his NHL debut with the Atlanta Thrashers against the Washington Capitals. On 29 October, he scored his first career NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres. He then engaged in his first career NHL fight on 11 December against John Tavares of the New York Islanders.[2] He would score 13 goals with 15 assists during the 2011–12 season for the newly relocated Winnipeg Jets. At the onset of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Burmistrov was assigned to Winnipeg's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, where he would go on to record two goals and nine assists in 22 games before being recalled to Winnipeg for the start of the shortened 2012–13 season.

Ak Bars Kazan[edit]

At season's end, Burmistrov became a restricted free agent and subsequently signed a two-year contract with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Burmistrov explained in interviews, that his departure from the NHL was motivated by dissatisfaction with his role under Head Coach Claude Noël, and bitterness over being assigned to the AHL, rather than being allowed to pursue a more lucrative offer in Russia during the NHL lockout.[3]

Return to Winnipeg[edit]

On 1 July 2015, the opening day of free agency, Burmistrov signed a two-year contract to return to the Jets.[4]

Arizona Coyotes[edit]

In a disappointing season where he scored only 2 points in 23 games, Burmistrov was placed on waivers on 1 January 2017. He was subsequently claimed by the Arizona Coyotes.[5] Burmistrov recorded 5 goals and 14 points in 26 games with the Coyotes.

Vancouver Canucks and NHL retirement[edit]

Burmistrov opted to return to Canada as a free agent in signing a one-year $900,000 contract with the Vancouver Canucks on July 1, 2017.[6] He was used in a limited role and received minimal playing time with the Canucks. On December 24, 2017, his agent, Dan Milstein, released a statement on Twitter that Burmistrov had "retired from the NHL" and that an announcement on his future was forthcoming. The wording of Milstein's tweet has fueled speculation that Burmistrov would return to the KHL once the formal retirement paperwork with the NHL is completed.[7]

Return to Ak Bars Kazan[edit]

Three days after his retirement tweet was sent out, Burmistrov returned to the KHL, signing with former club Ak Bars Kazan.[8]

International play[edit]

Burmistrov represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan. Burmistrov was named to Russia for competition at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Ak Bars-2 Kazan RUS-3 27 2 4 6 16
2007–08 Ak Bars-2 Kazan RUS-3 14 21 35
2008–09 Ak Bars-2 Kazan RUS-3 41 28 30 58 68
2008–09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 62 22 43 65 49 17 8 8 16 22
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 74 6 14 20 27
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 76 13 15 28 42
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 22 2 9 11 24
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 44 4 6 10 14
2013–14 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 54 10 28 38 32 6 0 2 2 9
2014–15 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 53 10 16 26 40 17 1 3 4 8
2015–16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 81 7 14 21 32
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 23 0 2 2 6
2016–17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 26 5 9 14 6
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 24 2 4 6 12
2017–18 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 10 2 4 6 12 17 1 2 3 18
KHL totals 118 22 48 70 84 40 2 7 9 35
NHL totals 348 37 64 101 139
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Burmistrov with Team Russia
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Russia
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Minsk
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Russia
World U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 United States

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 4 7 11 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 3 1 4 6
2014 Russia WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 1 0 1 4
2016 Russia WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 13 7 8 15 12
Senior totals 19 1 1 2 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Team Roster". Barrie Colts. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  2. ^ The Hockey News, Volume 64, Number 14, 17 January 2011, Publisher: Caroline Andrews, Transcontinental Media
  3. ^ "Alex Burmistrov bitter that Olli Jokinen got more ice time with Winnipeg Jets". Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jets, Bumistrov agree on two-year contract". National Hockey League. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  5. ^ Clinton, Jared. "Update: Jets' Burmistrov picked up off waivers by Coyotes | The Hockey News". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Canucks take a flyer on Alexander Burmistrov on a one-year deal". Vancouver Sun. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  7. ^ "Alex Burmistrov is retiring: agent". The Province. 2017-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Alex Burmistrov sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL". The Province. 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
  9. ^ "Rosters forming for Worlds". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evander Kane
Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Mark Scheifele