Denis Tsygurov

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Denis Tsygurov
Born (1971-02-26)February 26, 1971
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Died January 10, 2015(2015-01-10) (aged 43)
Moscow, Russia
Height 6 ft 05 in (196 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1993
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1989–2001

Denis Gennadievich Tsygurov (February 26, 1971 – January 10, 2015) was a professional ice hockey player. Tsygurov was drafted in the second round, 38th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft following two seasons with HC Lada Togliatti of the Russian Hockey Super League. Tsygurov came to North America the following year and played in 24 games with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and four games for the Sabres during the 1993–94 season. He was the son of Gennady Tsygurov, who was an ice hockey coach in Russia.

Tsygurov returned to the Sabres during the 1994–95 season for four games before being involved in a blockbuster six-player deal with the Los Angeles Kings. Tsygurov was sent to the Kings along with future Hockey Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr and defenceman Philippe Boucher for defencemen Alexei Zhitnik and Charlie Huddy and goaltender Robb Stauber. Tsygurov went on to play in 39 games for the Kings over the next two seasons, amassing six points.

Following the 1995–96 season, Tsygurov returned to Europe, where except for a brief stint with the Long Beach Ice Dogs in 1997–98, he spent the last five years of his pro career. Tsygurov's European stops included HC Opava in the Czech Extraliga, Kärpät in Finland's SM-liiga, CSK VVS Samara of the lower Russian league Vysshaya Liga, and HC Lada Togliatti and HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Russian Hockey Super League.

On January 10, 2015, Tsygurov died at the age of 43. News Agency TASS reports that cause of death is unknown.[1]


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