André Burakovsky
Andre Burakovsky 2014.jpg
Born 9 February 1995 (1995-02-09) (age 25),
Klagenfurt, Austria
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Colorado Avalanche
Malmö Redhawks
Washington Capitals
Ntl. team Flag of Sweden Sweden
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2013
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2011–present

André Burakovsky (also stylized as Burakowsky; born 9 February 1995) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He had previously played for the Washington Capitals, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2013. Burakovsky won the Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Capitals.

Personal lifeEdit

Burakovsky was born in Klagenfurt, in southern Austria where his father was playing hockey at the time, but grew up in Malmö, Sweden, his father's hometown.[1][2] His father is Robert Burakovsky, who was drafted 217th overall 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played 23 games with the Ottawa Senators.[3][4] His mother is Pernilla Burakovsky.[5][6] He is of Russian-Jewish descent.[7]

Playing careerEdit

Burakovsky was selected in the third round (102nd overall) by SKA Saint Petersburg in the 2012 KHL Junior Draft, and was selected by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[8]

Burakovsky made his professional debut during the 2011–12 season with the Malmö Redhawks of HockeyAllsvenskan when he was just 16 years old.[5] He won a silver medal playing with Team Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships.[9]

On 4 September 2013, Burakovsky signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals.[10] He then joined the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2013–14 season.[11]

Burakovsky scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut on 9 October 2014, against Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens. He became the second fastest Capitals player to score their first career NHL goal and the 13th Capitals player to score in his NHL debut.[12] In 2015-16 he appeared in 79 games, scored 17 goals, and had 21 assists.

On 22 January 2017, against the Dallas Stars, Burakovsky scored the game's first goal for the fourth consecutive game, tying the NHL record for the most consecutive team games scoring the first goal.[13] The last player to achieve this was Jonathan Cheechoo during the 2007-08 NHL season.[14]

On July 4, 2017, he agreed to a 2-year, $6-million contract with the Washington Capitals.[15] During the 2017–18 season, on 24 October 2017, Burakovsky required surgery on his thumb after it was injured in a game against the Florida Panthers and was expected to miss six to eight weeks.[16][17] He returned to the Capitals lineup on 8 December 2017 after missing 20 games.[18]

Burakovsky was sidelined with an injury during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs and missed the remainder of the Capitals first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[19] After missing 10 playoff games, and going pointless upon returning, Burakovsky scored two goals in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning to help send the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.[20] He admitted to hiring a sports psychologist, saying, "I think when I'm doing something bad, I'm thinking about it for a long time, and it just sits in my head. That's something I have to work on in the summer."[21] Despite his struggles, Burakovsky won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals on 7 June 2018.[22]

On 28 June 2019, Burakovsky was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Scott Kosmachuk and a second and third-round pick in 2020.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks J20 4217254243 51452
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks Allsv 100110 30000
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks J20 133478 31238
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks Allsv 4347118
2013–14 Erie Otters OHL 5741468735 14103132
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 539132210 112130
2014–15 Hershey Bears AHL 133476 11010
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 7917213812 121016
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 6412233514 133362
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 5612132527 132464
2018–19 Washington Capitals NHL 7612132514 71120
NHL totals 328 62 83 145 77 56 9 9 18 12


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden IH18 Silver medal icon 5 2 1 3 0
2012 Sweden U17 4th 6 4 4 8 4
2012 Sweden IH18 Bronze medal icon 5 3 3 6 16
2012 Sweden WJC18 Silver medal icon 60330
2013 Sweden WJC18 5th 54154
2014 Sweden WJC Silver medal icon 73470
2016 Sweden WC 6th 310112
Junior totals 34 16 16 32 24
Senior totals 3 1 0 1 12

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals) 2018 [24]


  1. Carrera, Katie. "NHL draft 2013: Capitals choose forward Andre Burakovsky with 23rd pick", Washington Post, 30 June 2013. Retrieved on 1 January 2015. 
  2. Andre Burakovsky credits his father for his NHL success -
  3. "Capitals rookie Andre Burakovsky benefited from his father's tough love", The Washington Post, February 13, 2015. Retrieved on 21 December 2017. 
  4. Robert Burakovsky. Retrieved on 21 December 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 2013 NHL Draft Profile & Scouting Report: Andre Burakowsky. (14 June 2013). Retrieved on 17 June 2013.
  6. Burakovsky scores, but Caps lose opener to Habs in 2-1 shootout. Comcast SportsNet Washington. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014.
  7. Jews in the News: Gwyneth Paltrow, Albert Brooks and Genevieve Angelson (21 January 2015). Retrieved on 4 October 2018.
  8. Andre Burakovsky prospect profile. (15 May 2013). Retrieved on 16 May 2013.
  9. Duo set to lead Sweden at U18's. (3 February 2012). Retrieved on 3 February 2012.
  10. Capitals sign Andre Burakovsky. Washington Capitals (4 September 2013). Retrieved on 4 September 2013.
  11. Predicting the next 5 Capitals prospects to arrive in the NHL. (1 April 2013). Retrieved on 1 April 2013.
  12. "Caps rookie Andre Burakovsky scores, celebrates like Alex Ovechkin in NHL debut", The Washington Post, 10 October 2014. Retrieved on 4 October 2018. 
  13. "With rediscovered touch, Andre Burakovsky shows a knack for getting on the board first", The Washington Post, 22 January 2017. Retrieved on 22 February 2018. 
  14. POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 4, Stars 3 (OT) (22 January 2017).
  15. Capitals ink Burakovsky to 2-year, $6M deal. The Sports Network (July 4, 2017). Retrieved on July 4, 2017.
  16. "Capitals' Andre Burakovsky has thumb surgery, expected to miss six to eight weeks", The Washington Post, 24 October 2017. Retrieved on 3 April 2018. 
  17. Burakovsky of Capitals to miss 6-8 weeks (24 October 2018). Retrieved on 3 April 2018.
  18. #CapsRangers Skate Shavings: You Again (8 December 2017). Retrieved on 3 April 2018.
  19. Burakovsky out rest of first round for Capitals against Blue Jackets (20 April 2018). Retrieved on 25 May 2018.
  20. Burakovsky redeems himself in Capitals Game 7 win against Lightning (24 May 2018). Retrieved on 24 April 2018.
  21. Dougherty, Jesse. "Game 7 swung on the unlikely stick of Andre Burakovsky", Washington Post, 2018-05-23. (en-US) 
  22. Capitals carried by Ovechkin in triumphant run to Stanley Cup (8 June 2018). Retrieved on 8 June 2018.
  23. Burakovsky traded to Avalanche by Capitals. Retrieved on June 28, 2019.
  24. "The Washington Capitals, after years of frustration, win the Stanley Cup". The New York Times (2018-06-07). Retrieved on 2018-06-07.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tom Wilson
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jakub Vrána

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