Denis Shvidki

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Denis Shvidki
Born (1980-11-21) November 21, 1980 (age 37)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Florida Panthers
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
Amur Khabarovsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
Krefeld Pinguine
Hannover Scorpions
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1999
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1996–2014

Denis Aleksandrovich Shvidki (born November 21, 1980) is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey right wing who played 76 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Florida Panthers. He was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the Panthers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career and current times[edit]

After playing two seasons with the Russian Superleague's Torpedo Yaroslavl, Shvidki made his North American debut with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League in the 1998–99 season. After two seasons with the Colts, he joined the Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Louisville Panthers, in the 2000–01 season. He also appeared in 43 NHL games with the Panthers that season, scoring six goals and adding ten assists.

After three more seasons split between Florida and its minor league affiliates, Shvidki returned to Russia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and has played there since. Shvidki was reported to transfer to Kärpät Oulu (Finland) in October 2009 for the rest of the season, however after one month try-out, Shvidki was released.

Shvidki played a single season in 2012–13, his third in the DEL, with the Hannover Scorpions before signing a one-year contract with 2nd Bundesliga club, Heilbronner Falken on May 21, 2013.[1] He was released by the club before appearing with the Falken's and completed his professional career in the lower Russian league.

In mid 2015, Shvidki joined the Florida Jr. Panthers hockey club and is still coaching under that organization as of end of the 2016-2017 season.


  1. ^ "The squad of the Falcons continues to grow" (in German). Heilbronner Falken. 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Brown
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Stephen Weiss