Sergei Zubov

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Sergei Zubov
Sergei Zubov.jpg
Zubov warms up before a game in 2007
Born (1970-07-22) 22 July 1970 (age 47)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for CSKA Moscow
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Dallas Stars
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team Olympic flag.svg Unified Team and
 Russia
NHL Draft 85th overall, 1990
New York Rangers
Playing career 1988–2010

Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov (Russian: Сергей Зубов; born 22 July 1970) is the current head coach of HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and a defensive assignment coach for the Russian national hockey team. A former professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League as well as SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL, Zubov won the Stanley Cup twice, with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999.

Playing career[edit]

Zubov is considered one of the best offensive defensemen in NHL history. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He has also won two Stanley Cups, one with the New York Rangers in 1994, and the other with Dallas in 1999. In 1992, Zubov won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, playing for the Unified Team. He is also the NHL's all-time leading scorer among Russian defensemen, and the all-time leading scorer among defensemen in the history of the Stars franchise.

Zubov was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Prior to this, he played for the Red Army's hockey team, HC CSKA Moscow, in Russia. He continued to play for the Red Army until 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Although Sergei spent some of his rookie season with New York's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers, he played forty-nine games as a rookie for the Rangers, scoring 31 points, considered then to be above-average for a defenseman. Zubov's high-scoring ways continued, as he scored 12 goals and earned 77 assists during the 1993–94 season, which led the team in regular season scoring. He contributed 19 points to the Rangers' playoff campaign, as he, along with Alexander Karpovtsev, Sergei Nemchinov, and Alexei Kovalev became the first Russians to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.[1]

Zubov continued to play well for the Rangers, but on 31 August 1995, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Petr Nedvěd for Ulf Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille. Zubov only spent one season in Pittsburgh, probably because he and team captain Mario Lemieux didn't get along, especially on the powerplay where both men wanted to be in control.[2] Ultimately, he was traded to the Dallas Stars on 22 June 1996 for Kevin Hatcher.

Although Zubov never again reached the scoring height of his 1993–94 season with the Rangers, due to a combination of Dallas's more defensive system and decreased scoring in general, he has earned all three of his trips to the All-Star game with the Stars. He never again reached an 80+ point total, but had 11 consecutive years of 40+ point seasons and 30+ assists.

He was also excellent defensively and while he had a well-sized body, he was known more for his positioning and puck-dislodging abilities out of corners rather than his checking abilities. He had been a mainstay on the penalty killing squad for several years and had only recorded a negative plus/minus four times in his career, with two of them within his first three years in the league.

Zubov always played a solid game, but for years went under the radar and did not garner any nominations for the NHL awards or the NHL First/Second All-Star teams. However, in the 2005–06 season, Zubov posted 71 points for his highest outing in over a decade – and also received his first Norris Trophy nomination.

Zubov and his wife, Irina, have two kids, Paul and Anya Zubov. His son graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and his daughter studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Zubov missed nearly half of the 2007–08 NHL season with a sports hernia injury and most of the 2008–09 NHL season with a hip injury.

On 30 July 2009, he decided to leave the NHL as he signed a contract with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was also selected as a reserve by Team Russia for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.[3]

On 18 April 2011, it was reported that Zubov would officially retire due to hip-related injury problems.[4][5]

Coaching career[edit]

On 20 July 2015, Zubov was named to the coaching staff of the Russian national team as a defensive assistant.[6]

He was named the head coach of HC Sochi prior to the 2017–18 season.

Awards[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville

Legacy[edit]

  • Ranked No. 72 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
  • Zubov left the NHL as the league's all-time scoring leader for Russian-born defensemen. He is now 2nd behind Sergei Gonchar.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 CSKA Moscow USSR 29 1 4 5 10
1989–90 CSKA Moscow USSR 48 6 2 8 16
1990–91 CSKA Moscow USSR 41 6 5 11 8
1991–92 CSKA Moscow CIS 36 4 7 11 8 8 0 0 0 0
1992–93 CSKA Moscow IHL 1 0 1 1 0
1992–93 Binghamton Rangers AHL 30 7 29 36 14 11 5 5 10 2
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 49 8 23 31 4
1993–94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 78 12 77 89 39 22 5 14 19 0
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 38 10 26 36 18 10 3 8 11 2
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 11 55 66 22 18 1 14 15 26
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 78 13 30 43 24 7 0 3 3 2
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 73 10 47 57 16 17 4 5 9 2
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 81 10 41 51 20 23 1 12 13 4
1999–2000 Dallas Stars NHL 77 9 33 42 18 18 2 7 9 6
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 79 10 41 51 24 10 1 5 6 4
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 80 12 32 44 22
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 82 11 44 55 26 12 4 10 14 4
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 77 7 35 42 20 5 1 1 2 0
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 78 13 58 71 46 5 1 5 6 6
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 78 12 42 54 26 6 0 4 4 2
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 46 4 31 35 12 11 1 5 6 4
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 10 0 4 4 0
2009–10 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 53 10 32 42 32 4 0 1 1 0
USSR/CIS totals 154 17 18 35 42 8 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1068 152 619 771 337 164 24 93 117 62

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1988 Soviet Union EJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 2
1989 Soviet Union WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 5 5 4
1990 Soviet Union WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 1 3 4 14
1992 Unified Team OG 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 0 1 1 0
1992 Russia WC 5th 6 2 2 4 10
1996 Russia WCH SF 4 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 20 1 10 11 20
Senior totals 18 3 4 7 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kalinsky, George (2004). Garden of Dreams. New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang. ISBN 1-58479-343-0. 
  2. ^ "Sergei Zubov". New York Rangers Legends. 2009. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Brad Gardner. "Report: Former Dallas Star Sergei Zubov Retires". Defending Big D. 
  5. ^ "Сергей Зубов завершает карьеру". sport-express.ru. 
  6. ^ "Sergei Zubov named assistant coach of Russian national team". NHL.com. 

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