3 March 1984 |
Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
Khimik Moscow Oblast
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
|NHL Draft||13th overall, 2002
Alexander Valerevich Semin (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Сёмин, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɵˈmʲin]; born March 3, 1984) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals.
Semin was trained in the Traktor Chelyabinsk hockey school and made his professional debut in Russia's second-tier Russian Major League in 2001–02. After scoring 13 goals and eight assists with Chelyabinsk that season, the Washington Capitals selected Semin with their second pick, 13th overall (they selected Steve Eminger with their first pick, 12th overall), in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Remaining in Russia for the subsequent season, he joined Lada Togliatti of the first-tier Russian Superleague (RSL) in 2002–03 and scored 10 goals and seven assists in 47 games.
Semin made his NHL debut in the 2003–04 season, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists in 52 games. However, he missed his team's flight to Pittsburgh when the Capitals closed out their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Semin then reported to Maine to play for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Portland Pirates, where he collected 15 points in four regular-season and seven playoff games.
Military duty controversy
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Semin returned to Russia and played 50 games for Lada Togliatti, scoring 19 goals, assisting on 11 goals and compiling a plus-minus rating of +15. The Capitals suspended him for that whole season for not reporting to their then-AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, preferring the club's younger players to play the locked-out season with their farm team. (Alexander Ovechkin, meanwhile, the Capitals' 2004 first-round pick, remained with his Russian club, Dynamo Moscow, because the Capitals felt that he would have been ready to play in the NHL.)
Due to confusion about Semin's obligations to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which requires all Russian men to serve two years, Semin was not allowed to return to the Capitals when NHL resumed the following season in 2005–06. Russian Armed Forces allow conscripted soldiers who are hockey players to play for professional teams in Russia during their period of service, but they are not allowed to play for teams based in other countries. Other young Russian players, such as Nikolai Zherdev and Alexander Ovechkin, however, were allowed to return to their NHL clubs following the lockout, circumventing any additional military duty they had to serve in Russia.
While Semin's 2004–05 season with Lada was considered his first year of military service, it was arranged for Semin to continue with Lada for his second year of service in 2005–06. Lada is located in the military district into which Semin was drafted, and they were the only team with whom Semin could fulfill his military obligation. He was signed to a tax-free, $2 million contract, along with a car and a condominium. News about Lada's struggling financial situation early in the season initially offered the Capitals some hope that Semin would join the team after all. It was reported that the Russian team was expected to cut its payroll in half, while Semin was Lada's highest paid player.
On October 26, 2005, Capitals General Manager George McPhee announced that the Capitals had filed a complaint against Semin and his agent, Mark Gandler. McPhee stated, "We have done everything we could to avoid this step, but we felt we had no choice but to now seek a legal remedy. This filing seeks to compel Alexander Semin's agent and the Russian hockey team Lada Togliatti to return Alex to the Washington Capitals ... We look forward to the resolution of this process so that we can welcome Alex back to the Capitals this season." Likewise, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, "This is a situation where a valid, legally-binding contract is not being honored, and that's not right." U.S. District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. issued a temporary restraining order on November 4, 2005, ordering Gandler and his International Sports Advisors Company to stop representing Semin in contracts with teams other than the Capitals. Due to Lada Togliatti's financial challenges, Lada released Semin, but he instead signed with Russian squad Mytischi Khimik on November 22.
On December 5, 2005, Kennedy denied the Capitals request for preliminary injunctions against Semin and Gandler. Alexander Berkovich, Semin's lawyer, stated that Semin intended to play for Khimik for the remainder of the 2005–06 season, and that Semin's military obligations would be fulfilled by fall 2006. He completed the campaign with nine points in 15 games with Lada and 10 points in 26 games with Khimik.
Return to the NHL/Years in Washington
With Semin's military obligations fulfilled, he agreed to a two-year contract with the Capitals on April 11, 2006, resolving the conflict between the two parties. Playing in his first game for the Capitals in two years, Semin scored the team's first goal of the 2006–07 season against the New York Rangers on October 5, 2006. In his next game, against the Carolina Hurricanes, he recorded a hat-trick. On March 18, 2007, Semin tallied the second natural hat-trick of his career against the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring three goals on three successive shots in a span of 7:04 in the second period. Late in the season, Capitals Head Coach Glen Hanlon started Alexander Ovechkin and Semin together on the powerplay and occasionally on the team's first scoring line. Ovechkin and Semin finished as the team's top two scorers, and Semin soon became known as "The Other Alex." He completed the season with 38 goals (13th in league scoring) and 73 points in 77 games, missing five games to an injury early in the season. Semin was one of three 30-goal scorers for the Capitals for the season, along with Ovechkin and captain Chris Clark.
After a successful NHL comeback in 2006–07, Semin struggled in comparison during the 2007–08 season, scoring 42 points while being sidelined for 19 games. Along with Ovechkin and second-year forward Nicklas Bäckström, Semin helped form a highly offensive core with the Capitals in 2008–09. On March 3, 2009, Semin's 25th birthday, he scored his 100th career goal, against the Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward. Semin spent much of the first couple months of the season as the league's top point-scorer, but tailed off as he began to experience injury troubles. Regardless, he finished with a career-high 79 points in just 62 games, third in Capitals scoring behind Ovechkin and Bäckström. In the 2009 playoffs, Semin added 14 points in 14 games, including a three-point effort (two goals and an assist) on April 20, 2009, leading the Capitals to a crucial playoff win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the opening round.
In Washington's 2010 quarter-final match-up against the Montreal Canadiens, Semin received large amounts of criticism due to his poor play, as he did not score any goals despite firing 44 shots on Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halák. He finished the series with just two assists in seven games, as Montreal upset Washington 4–3 in the series, with the Capitals blowing a 3–1 series lead.
Semin signed another one-year extension with the Washington Capitals on January 27, 2011, worth $6.7 million. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012.
On April 5, 2012, Semin became the fifth highest all-time leading goal scorer of the Capitals with his 197th goal.
On September 25, 2012, it was announced that for the time of 2012–13 NHL lockout, Semin would sign with Sokol Krasnoyarsk from Russian Major League, the Russian second-tier hockey division. He would wear jersey number 28 with the club. Despite the fact he had offers from top-level Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) clubs, he chose to play for a club from his home town for free. After playing four games with Sokol, however, Semin ultimately signed a contract with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL. The president of Torpedo, Oleg Kondrashov, praised Semin for joining Sokol at first, saying that, "The player’s decision to pay tribute to the team that brought him up does credit to him," though he also added, "But a player of such high level should play in KHL."
On March 25, 2013, the Hurricanes signed Semin to a five-year contract extension worth $35 million.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||Khimik Moscow Oblast||RSL||26||3||7||10||26||8||3||2||5||6|
|2012–13||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||KHL||20||7||10||17||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Russia|
|Gold||2008 Quebec City|
- Named the NHL's First Star of the Month for October 2008.
Notes and references
- "Semin could still play with Caps". TheFourthPeriod.com. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
- El-Bashir, Tarik (August 6, 2005). "Ovechkin Agrees to Contract With Caps". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Yatsenko, Alexei (2003). "Nikolai Zherdev: Russian Media's Whipping Boy". RussianProspects.com. Archived from the original on 30 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
- El-Bashir, Tarik (August 11, 2005). "Zubrus, Semin May Miss Start of Camp, If Not More". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
- "George McPhee Statement on Alexander Semin". WashingtonCaps.com. 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-01.[dead link]
- "Caps' Attempt to Force Semin to Return Suffers Court Setback". The Washington Post. December 6, 2005. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "Capitals sign Semin to one-year extension worth $6M". The Sports Network. 2009-12-26. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
- "Alexander Semin's new deal worth $6.7 million". The Washington Post.
- "'Canes agree to terms with Alexander Semin". National Hockey League. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Александр Сёмин сыграет за "Сокол"". Sokol Krasnoyarsk site.
- RIA Novosti (2012-09-24). "Semin Joins Hometown Team for Free in Lockout". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
- RIA Novosti (2012-10-12). "Lockout: Carolina's Semin Signs for Torpedo". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "'Alexander Semin nets 200th career goal as Hurricanes rally".
- "'Carolina Hurricanes sign Semin to a five-year extension". The National Hockey League.
- Alexander Semin's player profile at NHL.com
- Entry at RussianPropects.com
- Alexander Semin's player profile at TSN.ca
- Alexander Semin's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Alexander Semin profile at Eurohockey.com
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick