Maxim Zyuzyakin

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Maxim Zyuzyakin
Born (1991-01-13) 13 January 1991 (age 26)
Novokuznetsk, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Lada Togliatti
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Maksim Valerevich Zyuzyakin (Russian: Максим Валерьевич Зюзякин) (born 13 January 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey player who is currently under contract to HC Lada Togliatti in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has played for various KHL,[1] Supreme Hockey League (VHL),[2] and Junior Hockey League (MHL) teams.

Zyuzyakin was the only rostered member of the team not aboard the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster. He had been asked by head coach Brad McCrimmon to stay behind in Yaroslavl to rest and meet with the team in Moscow for their next scheduled game against Spartak, which was never played however as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl cancelled their participation in the 2011–12 KHL season.[3][4] Instead Russian hockey coach Petr Vorobiev led the team as it played part of the 2011-2012 season in the VHL, Russia's equivalent of the American Hockey League.[5] As the only surviving player, Zyuzyakin later was named captain of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for the 2011–12 VHL season and became a symbol of the team's revival.[6]

In the 2013–14 VHL season he went to the playoffs with Rubin Tyumen.[7] He played with Metallurg Novokuznetsk for part of the 2013–14 KHL season.[8]


  1. ^ KHL. "Максим Зюзякин (Maxim Zyuzyakin) [Russian]". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ VHL. "Максим Зюзякин [Russian]". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Хоккеист Урычев не должен был лететь с "Локомотивом" в Минск (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Yaroslavl mourns Lokomotiv 'family'". Russia Today. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  5. ^ Schwirtz, Michael (30 April 2012). "A Soviet-style builder of teams is weary, but undaunted; After a crash wiped out roster, coach also acted as therapist to young squad" (PDF). The International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Schwirtz, Michael (14 December 2011). "A City Embraces the Soul of Its Team". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Рубин (Rubin). "Состав команды (Team Roster) 2013–14 [Russian]". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ НП НХК «Металлург». "Состав команды (Team Roster) «Металлург» [Russian]". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

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