Viktor Tikhonov (ice hockey, born 1988)

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Viktor Tikhonov
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Born (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 28)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
SKA Saint Petersburg
Severstal Cherepovets
Arizona Coyotes
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2008
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2004–present

Viktor Vasilievich Tikhonov (Russian: Виктор Васильевич Тихонов; born 12 May 1988) is a Latvian-born Russian-American professional ice hockey forward currently under contract to SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Tikhonov was originally selected 28th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, by the Phoenix Coyotes. After several years in the NHL with the Coyotes, Tikhonov moved to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia, where he spent four years with SKA St. Petersburg. In 2015 he returned to the NHL, signing a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, appearing in 11 games for them before he was claimed on waivers by the Coyotes. He was named after his grandfather, Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov, the late Soviet ice hockey player and coach. His father was Vasily Tikhonov, who was also an ice hockey coach. Born in Latvia while it was still a member of the USSR, Tikhonov has represented Russia internationally, participating in several World Championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Playing career[edit]

Viktor grew up in Los Gatos, California and, in 1994, moved with his family to Lexington, Kentucky. His father, Vasily, was the goalie coach for the San Jose Sharks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades. Viktor was heavily involved in the Bluegrass Blades youth hockey program.

Tikhonov was drafted 28th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Russian team Severstal Cherepovets. This was his third time entering the draft as he was passed over in his two previous years of eligibility. On 1 July 2008 he was signed by the Coyotes to a three-year entry-level contract.[1] In the following 2008–09 season Tikhonov made the Coyotes' opening-night roster making his NHL debut on 12 October 2008, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] He played in 61 games scoring 8 goals and 16 points before he was assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.[citation needed]

Tikhonov started the 2009–10 season in the AHL with the Rampage and played in 18 games before opting to take up a loan to regain form with Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL for the remainder of the season on 27 November 2009.[3] After scoring 14 goals in 25 games, tied for second among Severstal, Tikhonov was recalled by the Coyotes on 13 March 2010. He rejoined the Coyotes as a part of the practice squad as they reached the first round of the playoffs.[4]

In the 2010–11 season, he failed to make the Coyotes' roster for opening night, spending the duration of the year again with the Rampage, posting a then professional high of 33 points in 60 contests.[citation needed]

On 10 August 2011 the Phoenix Coyotes re-signed Tikhonov to a one-year deal.[5] Tikhonov returned to the KHL to play four seasons for SKA Saint Petersburg, helping capture the Gagarin Cup in his final season with Saint Petersburg in 2014–15 season.

As a free agent, Tikhonov returned to play in North America, signing alongside SKA teammate Artemi Panarin, a one-year contract with the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks on 1 July 2015.[6] He made the Blackhawks squad to open the 2015–16 season, playing his first game in the NHL since 2009 in a 3–2 overtime victory against the New York Islanders on 9 October 2015.[7] Used in a depth role, Tikhonov went scoreless with the Blackhawks in 11 games before he was placed on waivers on 5 December 2015. The following day he was claimed off waivers by his former club, the Arizona Coyotes.[8]

Unable to reach his offensive upside in the NHL, Tikhonov was not tendered a new contract to remain in Arizona, and as a free agent he opted to return to his native Russia, for a second stint with SKA St. Petersburg on a one-year deal on July 17, 2016.[9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Belarus
Silver medal – second place 2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Czech Republic

He won a bronze medal in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships with the Russian squad, in a game versus Team USA. He finished the tournament with five goals and two assists in seven games, and was named the Best Forward.

In July 2013 he was named to the preliminary 35-man roster for the Russian 2014 Olympic team. He later won a gold medal in the 2014 IIHF World Championship with Russia and led the tournament in scoring.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 CSKA-2 Moscow RUS-3 59 21 28 49 24
2005–06 HK Dmitrov RUS-2 36 6 8 14 10
2005–06 HK Dmitrov-2 RUS-3 16 5 9 14 6
2006–07 Severstal-2 Cherepovets RUS-3 21 14 16 30 20
2006–07 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Severstal Cherepovets RSL 43 6 6 12 43 8 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 61 8 8 16 20
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 4 2 1 3 0
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 18 2 6 8 12
2009–10 Severstal Cherepovets KHL 25 14 1 15 12
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 60 10 23 33 26
2011–12 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 42 17 13 30 18 10 4 2 6 4
2012–13 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 39 12 15 27 16 15 10 8 18 20
2013–14 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 52 18 16 34 20 10 2 1 3 2
2014–15 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 49 8 16 24 29 15 1 1 2 4
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 0 0 0 6
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 39 3 3 6 14
NHL totals 111 11 11 22 40
KHL totals 207 69 61 130 95 50 17 12 29 30

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Russia WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 5 2 7 6
2014 Russia Oly 5th 2 0 1 1 0
2014 Russia WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 8 8 16 10
2015 Russia WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 10 1 2 3 4
Junior totals 7 5 2 7 6
Senior totals 22 9 11 20 14

Awards and achievements[edit]

International[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mikkel Bødker
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Oliver Ekman-Larsson