5 July 1986 |
Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR,
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
|NHL Draft||15th overall, 2004
Alexander Valerievich Radulov (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Радулов; born 5 July 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He had previously had two separate stints with the Nashville Predators, the NHL team which had drafted him, as well as 8 seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, split evenly between Salavat Yulaev Ufa and CSKA Moscow.
He is a two-time World Champion (2008 and 2009) with the Russian National Hockey Team; a 2011 Gagarin Cup champion with Salavat Yulaev Ufa; and a 2006 Memorial Cup champion with the Quebec Remparts. He won the Golden Stick Award (KHL MVP) on four occasions. Radulov ranks second in all-time KHL scoring with 427 points, behind only Sergei Mozyakin. He is of mixed Russian and Gagauz ethnicity.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 International play
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Awards and achievements
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Radulov started his North American career in 2004–05, selected at the 2004 Canadian Hockey League Import player draft by the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). That year, he finished third in scoring for his team, with 75 points in 65 games, behind Josh Hennessy and Karl Gagne.
The following year, he became one of the most exciting and dominant players to play in the QMJHL. In the first half of the season, he and rookie Angelo Esposito formed one of the most explosive duos in the League. He became equally renowned for skating in front of the opposing team's bench and twirling his stick around and banging the handle on the ice, as if to put a sword into a sheath, after scoring a goal, something that angered opposing players but captivated and inspired his head coach, Patrick Roy.
On 28 October 2005, Radulov set a new franchise record with six goals against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He added an assist in the eventual 11–3 win. That night, Radulov tied the Remparts team's record with Eric Chouinard for most points in a single game, with seven. Later, on 19 March 2006, in a game against the 2005 Memorial Cup second-place finishing Rimouski Océanic, for whom his teammates Cédrick Desjardins and Michal Sersen played for in 2004–05, Radulov wrote history in the Québec Colisée by scoring an unprecedented seven goals and four assists for 11 points, breaking both records for most goals and points in a single game for the Remparts, in a lopsided 16–3 victory.
Radulov owns the Remparts record for the most consecutive point streak games with 50, passing the 28-game mark established by Eric Chouinard in the 1999–2000 season. Radulov is ranked second all-time with that sequence in the QMJHL, only behind Mario Lemieux, with 62.
Radulov finished as the scoring leader for the QMJHL and the CHL in 2005–06 with 152 points (61 goals and 91 assists). He currently owns the record for the most points in a single season for the Remparts, beating the mark of 120 set by Simon Gagné in 1998–99. Radulov also owns the record for the most goals and assists in a season as a Rempart. He passed the mark of 57 goals set by Eric Chouinard and the mark of 75 assists set by Wes Scanzano, both in 1999–2000. He also tied with Pavel Rosa for the most points by a QMJHL European player in a single season. His 61 goals were second-highest in the QMJHL for the 2005–06 season; Maxime Boisclair of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens was first, with 70.
In the 2006 League playoffs, Radulov tallied 55 points (21 goals and 34 assists) and was ranked again as the scoring leader. He registered at least a point in each game. Radulov finished only two points shy of the playoff points record set by Simon Gamache in 2000–01. In the Remparts' semi-final series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, he had 19 points in the seven-game series alone. He lost the MVP award, however, to victorious Moncton Wildcats forward Mārtiņš Karsums.
All team records set by Radulov are for the new edition of the Remparts, which began in the 1997–98 season.
Radulov delivered an incredible performance in the Remparts' 2006 Memorial Cup championship game victory over the Moncton Wildcats. In the 6–2 win, he netted two goals and assisted on three more, totaling five points, one point away from tying the all-time record in a Memorial Cup final. He registered nine points (five goals and four assists) in four games and won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament MVP.
On 28 November 2007, the Remparts retired Radulov's number 22 jersey.
During Radulov's 2005–06 season in the QMJHL, he was signed to a three-year, entry-level professional contract by the Nashville Predators on 9 January 2006. He would begin his professional career as a member of the Predators' minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), the following season. He was selected Player of the Week on 16 October 2006, posting two goals and four assists in only two games.
On 21 October 2006, Radulov made his NHL debut with the Predators against the Vancouver Canucks, logging seven minutes and one minor penalty. He scored his first career NHL goal on his first career shot against the San Jose Sharks on 26 October. Following another reassignment to Milwaukee, Radulov remained on the Nashville roster for the rest of the 2006–07 season after he was recalled on 21 November 2006.
In Game 2 of the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, Radulov was suspended for one game for his hit on San Jose forward Steve Bernier. Bernier was sent into the boards head first and lay motionless on the ice for three minutes, before being helped off by teammates Joe Thornton and Marcel Goc. Bernier, however, did not suffer any serious injury.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
On 11 July 2008, it was announced that although Radulov was still under contract with the Nashville Predators for one more season, he had signed a three-year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), which would be extended to four years. Radulov had previously notified the Predators organization of his desire to play in Russia, stating that he was being offered better conditions.
Immediately after the announcement, the Predators, NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) all released statements emphasizing that Radulov's contract obligated him to play for the Predators through the 2008–09 season and that signing with a team in Russia was a direct violation of an agreement made the previous day between the NHL and all international hockey leagues to respect players' existing contracts. After the IIHF ordered that Ufa void Radulov's contract, Ilya Kochevrin, vice-president of the KHL, argued that Radulov was signed on 5 July, before the agreement was made on 10 July. While the contract remained disputed, the IIHF suspended Radulov from international play on 18 July as investigations continued, a suspension that was lifted soon as it appeared there was no legal ground to suspend Radulov.
Nashville management gave Radulov until September 1st to confirm his intention to remain with the team, they suspended him on 2 September without pay for the 2008–09 season.
Two Continental Cups
In his first year, the 2008-09 season with Salavat Yulaev Ufa, a 22 year old Radulov would finish third on the team with 48 points in 52 games. The team would win the Continental Cup, as regular season champions. In the playoffs, they would bow out in the first round with Radulov earning 2 assists in 4 games.
In his second year, the 2009-10 season a 23 year old Radulov would lead his team with 63 points in 54 games.The team would win a second straight Continental Cup. In the playoffs they would lose in the Eastern Conference Final, to eventual champions AK Bars Kazan, in 6 games. Radulov led the team with 19 points in 16 games.
Radulov won his first Golden Stick Award as KHL regular season MVP, and made the season All-Star team. His 63 points placed him 4th in the league, 3 points away from league leader Sergei Mozyakin who'd played 2 more games. Radulov's plus/minus of (+44) was second best in the league, to team mate Patrick Thoresen's (+45), who'd also played 2 more games. Radulov finished the season t-2nd in assists with 39 and t-9th in goals scored with 24.
Gagarin Cup Champion
In his third year, the 2010-11 season, a 24 year old Radulov would lead his team and all of the KHL with 80 points in 54 games. Salavat Yulaev Ufa would finish 2nd in the league, with division rival Avangard Omsk winning the Continental Cup, led by the Czech pairing of Roman Cervenka and superstar Jaromir Jagr. In the playoffs, the pairing of Radulov and Thoresen would lead the team to a Gagarin Cup, with each of them putting up 18 points apiece over 21 games. Each scored 3 goals and added 15 assists.
Radulov won his second Golden Stick Award as KHL regular season MVP, and made the All-Star team again. His record setting 80 points were 14 more than linemate Thoresen's 66 points, and 19 more than Roman Cervenka's 61points of Avangard Omsk. Radulov finished the season 1st in assists, t-15th in goals and t-1st in plus/minus (+27).
At the conclusion of the previous championship winning season, the contract of head coach Vyacheslav Bykov was expiring. At the time Bykov also served as the head coach of the Russian National Team, having held the post for the previous 5 years. Unfortunately a bad showing the 2011 IIHF World Championship, where the team finished without a medal for the first time under his tenure, Bykov was let go. After much speculation, ultimately his club contract was not renewed.
This led to the rehiring of head coach Sergei Mikhalev, who had coached the team in the 2008-09 season to a Continental Cup, with a record of 43-8-0-5. However, he was unable to replicate past results and would be relieved of his duties after 21 games, posting a result of 9-8-0-4.
This led to a third coach within the calendar year being named to the post: Vener Safin. As the team was struggling more players were traded away, including Robert Nilsson and Jacub Klepis, among others. The team would round out the season, with a record of 21-10-0-2 and ultimately finish 8th in the league. In the playoffs, they would lose to AK Bars Kazan in the first round, in 6 games.
In his final year, the 2011-12 season, a 25 year old Radulov would once again lead his team and all of the KHL, with 63 points in 50 games despite an overturned roster. In the play-offs he would add 6 assists in 6 games.
At season's end Radulov won his third Golden Stick Award as KHL regular season MVP and made the All-Star team for the 3rd time. He finished the season 1st in assists and t-2nd in goals.
Return to Nashville
Following the end of Salavat Yulaev Ufa's 2011–12 season, on 12 March 2012, it was reported that paperwork was being finalized for Radulov to return to Nashville for the balance of the regular season and for the 2012 playoffs. Five days later, Radulov's agent Yuri Nikolaev confirmed Radulov was indeed returning to the NHL for Nashville's 22 March 2012, game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The day before his return, Radulov was presented his jersey at a press conference, where the Predators announced they had lifted his suspension from the team, finalizing his return. In his return to Nashville, Radulov scored the Predators' only goal in a 5–1 loss to the Penguins. He concluded the 2011–12 regular season with seven points (three goals and four assists) in nine games.
On 1 May 2012, Radulov and Predators teammate Andrei Kostitsyn were spotted at a Scottsdale, Arizona, bar at 5:00 AM the night before Game 2 of their second round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes, thus breaking team curfew. Both were subsequently suspended by Predators management for Game 3. Said Predators General Manager David Poile of the incident, "What they did was unacceptable and the coaches and myself had to come to the plate and do the right thing for the team. It happened. It's really unfortunate. It's selfish behaviour and we'll just have to leave it at that."
On 6 June 2012, the Nashville Predators announced that they would not be extending Radulov's contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
The 2013-14 season would be filled with injuries, and Radulov would miss multiple stretches of games. He would go on to appear in only 34 games, while still putting up 34 points. He would miss the play-offs, while CSKA would be eliminated in the first round.
Two More Continental Cups
In his third year, 2014-15 season, he led his team to a Continental Cup (team with the best regular season in the league). In the playoffs, CSKA reached the Conference Final of the Gagarin Cup, losing in a game 7 to the eventual champions SKA Saint Petersburg.
In his fourth and final season, 2015-16 season Radulov lead CSKA Moscow to a second straight Continental Cup. In the playoffs they once again met SKA Saint Petersburg in the Conference Final, however this time they eliminated SKA in four straight games. However, CSKA Moscow would fall short of their ultimate goal and lose game 7 of the Gagarin Cup Final, to champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
On July 1, 2016, Radulov returned to the NHL in signing as a free agent to a one-year $5.75 Million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
|World Junior Championships|
|2005 United States|
Radulov has played for Russia since the junior youth level, earning silver medals in the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships. He made his full senior men's debut in the 2007 World Championships, claiming a bronze medal before capturing two golds at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships.
Regular season and playoffs
|2008–09||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||52||22||26||48||92||4||0||2||2||4|
|2009–10||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||54||24||39||63||62||16||8||11||19||10|
|2010–11||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||54||20||60||80||83||21||3||15||18||42|
|2011–12||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||50||25||38||63||64||6||0||6||6||2|
Awards and achievements
- 2009: Continental Cup
- 2010: Continental Cup
- 2010: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
- 2011: Gagarin Cup
- 2011: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
- 2012: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
- 2015: Continental Cup
- 2015: Golden Stick Award (MVP)
- 2016: Continental Cup
Player of the week
- Week 2: 10 October 2006 to 15 October 2006
Player of the week
- Week 1: 1 November 2005
- Week 21: 21 March 2006
- CHL Top Scorer Award — 2006
- CHL Player of the Year — 2006
- Memorial Cup — 2006
- Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) — 2006
Player of the week
- Week 6: 24 to 30 October 2005
- Week 18: 23 to 29 January 2006
- Week 23: 27 February to 5 March 2006
- Week 25: 14 to 19 March 2006
Player of the month
- February 2006
- March 2006
- 2006: Jean Béliveau Trophy (league leading scorer)
- 2006: Telus Trophy (offensive player)
- 2006: Michel Brière Memorial Trophy (most valuable player)
- 2006: QMJHL First All-Star Team
- 2006: Coupe Postes Canada for QMJHL
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- "Radulov the latest NHLer to sign in Russia". TSN. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- "Preds, NHL Issue Statements Regarding Reports on Alexander Radulov". Nashville Predators. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 13 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- "NHL, Russians make progress, but still no transfer agreement". National Hockey League. 2008-07-10. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- McRae, Kevin (2008-07-16). "Alexander Radulov:KHL to allow contract". Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- "IIHF suspends 6 players, investigates transfers". CBC Sports. 2008-07-18. Archived from the original on 29 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
- "Predators suspend Radulov indefinitely without pay". TSN. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- "Report: Agent Confirms Radulov's Return". TSN. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins Game Recap – 03/22/2012. Nhl.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-06.
- Chris Stevenson. CANOE – SLAM! Sports – Hockey – NHL Play Offs 'Selfish' Preds duo suspended for breaking curfew. Slam.canoe.ca (2012-05-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-06.
- Report: Radulov signs four-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Tsn.ca (2012-07-02). Retrieved on 2012-07-02.
- "Canadiens agree to terms with Alex Radulov". Montreal Canadiens. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
- Alexander Radulov's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Alexander Radulov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Alexander Radulov's player profile at NHL.com
- Alexander Radulov profile at Eurohockey.com
- RussianProspects.com Alexander Radulov Profile
|Awards and achievements|
|Nashville Predators first round draft pick
|CHL Player of the Year