Pavel Valentenko while playing with the Connecticut Whale
20 October 1987|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)|
Hartford Wolf Pack
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
139th overall, 2006|
Pavel Aleksandrovich Valentenko (Russian: Павел Валентенко; born 20 October 1987) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays with HC Yugra of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Valentenko was drafted in the fifth round, 139th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He moved to North America in 2007 after growing up in the Nizhnekamsk hockey system to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' farm team. He was voted best rookie for the Bulldogs in his first season (2007–08) and was part of the group of players Montreal recalled for the 2008 NHL Playoffs in the case of injuries.
On 30 October 2008, it was reported that Valentenko had defected from the Hamilton Bulldogs and signed a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow. This news came just days after Valentenko was given permission by the Bulldogs to go home to Russia for an indefinite period of time to deal with family issues.
Between 2009 and 2012 he played for the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League. During the offseason in 2012 he signed with Avangard Omsk.
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale||AHL||79||5||12||17||38||6||0||0||0||12|
|2013–14||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||KHL||53||7||11||18||28||7||0||3||3||4|
|2014–15||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||KHL||26||0||4||4||55||—||—||—||—||—|
|World Junior Championships|
- "Canadiens lose defenceman". globesports.com. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
- "Montreal Canadiens acquire Scott Gomez from New York Rangers". ESPN. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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