|6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
212 lb (96 kg)
SKA Saint Petersburg
Ak Bars Kazan
|Nationality||Ukranian & Russian|
|Born||May 6, 1984,|
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
|NHL Draft||21st overall, 2002|
|Pro Career||2002 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Babchuk began playing hockey at the age of 3. He began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate; a group which included fellow future Ukrainian NHLer Nikolai Zherdev. While participating in an overseas peewee tournament in Quebec City, Babchuk's team found itself competing against a team from Elektrostal, Russia. The rival team's coach, Ravil Iskakhov, took note of both Babchuk and Zherdev, and invited the pair to further their development with the Elemash Elektrostal hockey club of the Russian Major League, to which they accepted together.
He was drafted into the NHL 21st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2002 Entry Draft. Babchuk made his North American debut with the Blackhawks affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL in the 2003-04 season. Anton also made his NHL debut by seasons end appearing in 5 games with the Blackhawks.
In the 2005-06 season, Babchuk was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Danny Richmond on January 20, 2006. Babchuk scored his first goal for the Hurricanes on January 28, 2006. He was also named second star of the game. Babchuk played in 22 games with the Hurricanes for the season and was a part of the extended squad of the Hurricanes as they became the Stanley Cup Champions.
In the 2006-07 season, on February 6, 2007, the Hurricanes activated František Kaberle from injury, forcing them to send Babchuk down to the Albany River Rats. Babchuk was the only possible defenceman they could send down because he was the only one on the Hurricanes' roster that was on a two-way contract. The next day Carolina announced that they had suspended Babchuk because of his refusal to report to Albany. In 2007-08, Babchuck played in the Russian Super League for Avangard Omsk.
On July 1, 2008, Babchuk re-signed with the Hurricanes to a one-year contract for the 2008-09 season. He led all Hurricanes' defensemen with 16 goals in 72 games. Following a contract dispute that lead to him requesting a trade out of Carolina, Babchuk turned back to Russia on 19 September 2009, re-signing with Kontinental Hockey League club Avangard Omsk. During the very first training day in Omsk he had broken the barrier glass at the "Arena Omsk".
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2002–03||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||10||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||SKA Saint Petersburg||RSL||20||3||0||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||5||1||3||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Albany River Rats||AHL||9||1||6||7||2||—||—||—||—||—|
International play[edit | edit source]
Played for Russia in:
- 2000: 4 Nations Tournament
- 2000: 5 Nations Tournament
- 2002: U18 World Junior Championships
- 2002: 4 Nations Tournament
International statistics[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
- Anton Babchuk - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Anton Babchuk's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Anton Babchuk's NHL player profile
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
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