Evgeni Malkin
Malkin 2016
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL)
Born July 31 1986 (1986-07-31) (age 33),
Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR, USSR
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2004
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2003 – present

Evgeni "Geno" Vladimirovich Malkin (Russian: Евгений "Гено" Влади́мирович Малкин, born July 31, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Chosen second overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Malkin's career in the NHL was delayed because of an international transfer dispute until 2006–07, in which he captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie. In his second season, he helped carry Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals and was a runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy. The following season, Malkin totaled 113 points and won the Art Ross Trophy, awarded annually to the top-scorer in the NHL. He then led all players in playoff scoring, en route to a Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup championship.

Internationally, Malkin has competed for Russia in two IIHF World U18 Championships and three IIHF World U20 Championships, capturing one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal, as a junior. In 2006, in addition to a silver medal, he was also named tournament MVP. As a senior, he has played in four IIHF World Championships, winning the gold medal and being named the tournament MVP for the 2012 event. In addition he has won the bronze medals in two other World Championships and has played for team Russia during the last three Winter Olympic Games, in Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi.

Early lifeEdit

Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin was born on 31 July 1986 in Magnitogorsk, a Russian city in the Soviet Union to Vladimir and Natalia Malkin. Vladimir worked for Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, the largest iron and steel works in Russia and the city's dominant industry, and played in the Metallurg Magnitogorsk youth and club hockey system. Malkin has one brother, Denis.

Evgeni began skating at age 3. He joined his first organized hockey league two years later. He showed an aptitude for the sport at an early age, as one might expect from the son of a pro. However, because both of his parents were short, no one suspected that Evgeni would be a world-class athlete. His favorite players are Sergei FedorovJoe Sakic and Peter Forsberg.

Malkin owns a restaurant in Magnitogorsk which is designed to look like the inside of a prison.

He became engaged to Russian television personality, Anna Kasterova in November 2015. Six months later on 31 May 2016 their first child, a boy named Nikita, was born.

Playing career Edit

Transfer Dispute Edit

Evgeni Malkin-2008

Malkin is a product of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey program. Prior to being drafted, he made his Russian Superleague debut in the 2003–04 season as a 17-year-old. He also made his international debut for Russia during the 2003 U-18 World Championships, where he skated on the top line with Alexander Ovechkin. The team went on to claim the bronze medal. After his first professional season in Russia, Malkin was drafted 2nd overall (behind national teammate Alexander Ovechkin) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Upon being drafted, Malkin would remain in Russia through to the 2005-06 season. In the midst of a dispute between the NHL and the IIHF, the Russian Hockey Federation refused to ratify a transfer agreement, forcing Malkin to honor his existing contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Pittsburgh Penguins (2006-present) Edit

Before the start of the 2006–07 season, it appeared Malkin would remain in Russia another season after signing a one-year contract with Metallurg, but after some legal maneuvering, Malkin relieved himself of his Russian obligations and signed an entry-level contract with the Penguins. On September 20, 2006, in his first preseason game as a Pittsburgh Penguin, Malkin collided with teammate John LeClair and dislocated his shoulder, which forced him to miss the start of the season. Subsequently, his NHL debut would be delayed until October 18, against the New Jersey Devils, in which he would score his first NHL goal against Martin Brodeur.

To begin his NHL career, Malkin set a modern-day record as the first player to score at least one goal in each of his first six games. No player had achieved this feat since the league's inaugural season in 1917–18, when Joe Malone scored at least one goal in 14 consecutive games to start his NHL career. Malone's mark, however, was set when technically every player was playing in his first NHL season; he had already played almost a decade in the league's predecessor, the NHA. Malkin's streak was eventually stopped in his seventh game by the San Jose Sharks.

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Malkin during a practice with the Penguins in 2006.

Playing on a team with fellow phenom Sidney Crosby, Malkin finished his rookie season with 33 goals and 85 points, leading all first-year players and capturing the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

When Malkin arrived in the United States, he spoke no English, but through the help of fellow Russian and teammate Sergei Gonchar, and his cousins, he eventually started to give short, simple interviews in the language.

In his sophomore season, Malkin recorded his first NHL hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs, on January 3, 2008. He earned another three-goal performance several games later, on January 14, against the New York Rangers. Midway through the season, when more heralded teammate and captain Sidney Crosby went down with an ankle injury, Malkin seized the opportunity to lead the Penguins, scoring 44 points in the 28 games Crosby was absent. In total, Malkin completed the season 2nd in NHL scoring with 106 points, six points behind Alexander Ovechkin for the Art Ross Trophy. Malkin continued to dominate into the playoffs as the Penguins made it to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He scored three points against Detroit in the finals, totaling 22 points overall, but the Penguins were defeated by Detroit in six games.

Malkin's sophomore season culminated in a Hart Memorial Trophy nomination as league MVP—the award was given to Ovechkin—and First Team All-Star honors. On July 2, 2008, with one year left in his entry-level contract, he signed a contract extension with the Penguins for $43.5 million over five years.

Malkin began the 2008–09 season by scoring his 200th NHL point with an assist to Sidney Crosby on October 18, 2008. The goal was Crosby's 100th career goal and 300th career point. Crosby had a team trainer cut the puck in half so both players could commemorate the moment. Voted as a starter to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game later in the season, Malkin won the shooting accuracy segment of the Skills Competition, initially shooting four-for-four before beating Dany Heatley three-for-four in a tie-breaker. After having finished runner-up to Alexander Ovechkin the previous season for the Art Ross Trophy, Malkin captured the scoring championship with 113 points. He became the second Russian-born player to win it, after Ovechkin, and the fourth Penguin, after Mario Lemieux, Jaromír Jágr, and Crosby. However, he would once again be runner-up to Ovechkin for the Hart Memorial Trophy, although this time garnering a few more first-place votes. In 2008, he had just one first-place vote (out of 134 votes) and 659 points to Ovechkin's 128 first-place votes and 1,313 points. In 2009, Malkin had 12 first-place votes (out of 133 votes) and 787 points to Ovechkin's 115 first-place votes and 1,264 points.


Malkin, along with his parents (left), during the Penguins' victory parade for their 2009 Stanley Cup victory

On June 12, 2009, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in game 7 of the finals. Malkin tallied 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) to become the first player to lead both the regular season and playoffs in scoring since Mario Lemieux accomplished the feat in 1992. His 36 points were the highest playoff total of any player since Wayne Gretzky amassed 40 points in 1993. Malkin received the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, becoming the first Russian-born player to do so. He is also just the second player in franchise history to win both the Art Ross and Conn Smythe trophies in the same year. The other Penguin to accomplish this feat was Hall of Famer and team co-owner/president Mario Lemieux (1992).

On February 4, 2011, after missing five games due to a left knee injury and sinus infection, Malkin returned to play against the Buffalo Sabres. At the start of the second period, Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers collided with Malkin against the end-boards, injuring his right knee. He was helped off the ice and went straight to the dressing room, unable to return to the game as he suffered both a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL). On February 9, it was announced that Malkin would undergo knee surgery. The Penguins estimated his recovery period as six months, sidelining him for the remainder of the 2010-11 NHL season and playoffs, but stated he should be ready for training camp in September. According to then Penguins' General Manager, Ray Shero, Malkin sent him a text message after the incident occurred stating, "I'm sorry." In Shero's words, "I told him he had nothing to apologize for."

Malkin had a bounce-back season in 2011-12. With post-concussion syndrome limiting team captain Sidney Crosby to 22 games, Malkin led the Penguins on a line with newly acquired winger James Neal. Despite missing seven games due to lingering effects of his knee surgery, Malkin scored 50 goals for the first time in his career including three hat tricks, and won his second scoring title with 109 points. He was the only player during the 2011–12 season to score 100 points. Malkin would go on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player for his performance in the 2012 season. He also became the first player in the past ten NHL seasons to win two scoring titles, putting an end to a streak of nine different players over nine seasons leading the NHL in points. Despite Malkin's impressive season, the Penguins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers. Malkin scored eight points in the six -game series.

Following the Penguins' playoff exit, it was announced that Malkin would again represent Russia at the 2012 World Championships

With the 2012-13 NHL season delayed due to the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Malkin went to Russia and played for Magnitogorsk, his former team, who had joined the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) since he last played there. By the time the lockout ended in early January, Malkin was second in KHL scoring with 23 goals and 65 points in 37 games. Though he missed the final part of the KHL season, he still finished third overall in scoring. A concussion and shoulder injuries limited Malkin to 31 games during the NHL season, rather than the 48 scheduled, in which he scored 33 points. Malkin and the Penguins faced the New York Islanders in the first round, eliminating them in 6 games. Malkin had an excellent series, picking up 2 goals and 11 points in just these 6 games. In the next round, the Penguins beat out the Ottawa Senators in 5 games, Malkin picking up 2 more goals and 5 points. Finally, the Penguins were swept in the conference finals against the Boston Bruins. The entire Penguins team was kept to 2 goals in the 4 game series, and Malkin was held off the scoresheet, and a −5.

In the 2013-14 NHL season, Malkin was held out of 22 games, missing 2 games with a lower body injury on 5 December, 9 games with another lower-body injury on 15 December, and then 11 games with a foot injury on 25 March. In the 60 games he was healthy, Malkin picked up 72 points, 2nd on the Penguins behind only Sidney Crosby. In his 2nd last game of the season, against Tampa Bay, Malkin had 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points. In the playoffs, the Penguins met the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1, and eliminated them in 6 games. Malkin was unable to score for Pittsburgh in the first 5 games, and only managed 4 assists in that time, causing Penguins fans to worry, especially since Crosby was being held off the scoresheet as well. But Malkin broke through with a hat-trick in Game 6, propelling his team to Round 2. In Round 2 against the New York Rangers, Malkin and the Penguins were eliminated in 7 games, despite holding a 3–1 lead in the series. The Penguins only managed 3 goals in the last 3 games. Malkin had a good series, scoring 3 goals and 7 points in 7 games, leading the Penguins.

Malkin spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons plagued by injuries, but managed to record his 700th career point on March 12th 2015 in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. In 2015-16, The Penguins qualified for the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks. On June 12, 2016, the Penguins defeated the Sharks in a 4-2 series to win their fourth Stanley Cup title. Malkin recorded 18 points during the playoff run.

Player profile Edit

Malkin is primarily a center with very good offensive abilities and decent defensive awareness. He has also been known to play on the wing alongside Sidney Crosby, and on the point during the power play. A good skater with firm balance and exceptional speed, he is not generally physical when it comes to seeking out contact, although he will on occasion deliver heavy hits for a particular purpose. He rather relies on his athleticism most times to avoid checks by opponents. A very emotionally driven athlete, he has been known to let emotions affect his play both positively and negatively (in the form of taking "bad" penalties). He has a strong arsenal of shots (slap, wrist, and snap), and has remarkable stick-handling ability. An excellent passer who knows how to open up the game and create space, Malkin is capable of driving the length of the ice to score goals due to his speed, size, and excellent stick handling.

International playEdit

Medal record
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Malkin during the 2005 World Championships
Competitor for Flag of Russia Russia
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World Championships
Silver 2010 Germany
Bronze 2007 Moscow
Bronze 2005 Vienna
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Vancouver
Silver 2005 Grand Forks
World U18 Championships
Gold 2004 Minsk
Bronze 2003 Yaroslavl
Evgeni Malkin jersey

Malkin's jersey from the gold medal game at the 2004 U18 Championships.

Malkin made his first international appearance with Russia at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships in Yaroslavl. He helped Russia to a bronze medal, scoring 9 points in 6 games. He was named Russia's U18 captain for the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships the following year and scored 8 points as Russia improved to a gold medal in the tournament.

Several months prior to his second and final U18 tournament, Malkin debuted at the under-20 level with Russia at the 2004 World Junior Championships. In his first of three tournament appearances, he contributed 5 points in 6 games, but could not help Russia reach the podium. The following year, Malkin finished second in team scoring at the 2005 World Junior Championships to Alexander Ovechkin with 10 points. Led by the duo of Malkin and Ovechkin (the two had also played together the previous year), Russia won the silver, losing to Canada in the gold medal game. Later in 2005, Malkin made his debut with the Russian men's team at the 2005 World Championships. Despite failing to score a goal in the tournament, Malkin contributed 4 assists to help Russia to a bronze medal in Vienna.


Malkin at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

In 2006, Malkin did triple duty for Russia, competing in his third World Junior Championships, his first Winter Olympics, and his second World Championships. He was named the top forward and MVP of the 2006 World Junior Championships in January, captaining Russia to a second straight silver medal and gold medal game loss to Canada. Less than two months later, Malkin was given one of the final spots on Team Russia for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he helped the team to a fourth-place finish with 6 points in 7 games. Then in May, Malkin played in the 2006 World Championship, where he led Russia in team scoring with 9 points.

Following his NHL rookie campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Malkin was named to Team Russia for the 2007 World Championships, where he achieved a personal best for the tournament of 10 points. He also captured his second World Championships bronze.

Malkin was selected to play for the Russian Olympic Team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, where he led Team Russia in points yet again with 3 goals and 6 points in 4 games. Team Russia ultimately lost to Canada in the quarterfinals, finishing 6th overall, which incidentally is their worst placing ever at an Olympic Games (including the former Soviet Union and Unified Team teams).

Malkin was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP), the best forward and to All-Star Team at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, where he scored 11 goals and made 8 assists, winning the scoring league with a total of 19 points. He recorded at least one point in every game played. Evgeni also had two hat tricks: against Sweden in preliminary round and against Finland in semifinal game. Team Russia won the gold medal.

In 2014, Evgeni Malkin was named to the 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Malkin played all six games for Russia, and they finished 5th in the tournament, after losing to Finland in the quarter-finals. Malkin had one goal and two assists by the end of the tournament.

Awards and achievements Edit

NHL Edit

Award Year(s)
Stanley Cup champion 20092016
Art Ross Trophy 20092012
Calder Memorial Trophy 2007
Conn Smythe Trophy 2009
Hart Memorial Trophy 2012
NHL First All-Star Team 200820092012
Ted Lindsay Award 2012

IIHF awards Edit

Award Year(s)
World Championship All-Star Team 200720102012
World Championship Best Forward 2012
World Championship Most Valuable Player 2012

Pittsburgh Penguins team awards Edit

Award Year
Michel Briere Memorial Trophy 2007 (with Jordan Staal)
A.T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Award 200820092012
Most Valuable Player Award 200820092012
The Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award 2012

Other awards Edit

Award Year
Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year 2009
Kharlamov Trophy 2012

Records Edit

  • First player since 1917–18 to score goals in each of his first six NHL games (first accomplished by Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny in inaugural NHL season) (Oct 18 - Nov 01, 2006)
  • Longest point streak by a Russian player in the NHL – 15 games (accomplished twice) (surpassed Dmitri Kvartalnov of the Boston Bruins – 14 games in 1992)
  • Most consecutive post season games with multiple points for the Pittsburgh Penguins – 6 games (May 9–23, 2009)
  • First Russian player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (2009)
  • 2nd fastest Russian to score 500 NHL points (413 games) behind Alexander Ovechkin (373 games)
  • 1 of 9 Pittsburgh Penguins players and 1 of 6 Russian-born players to record 50 goals in a regular season.
  • Second player (first Russian player) ever to lead both the NHL, and the IIHF World Championship in scoring in the same season. (2011-12(last accomplished by Wayne Gretzky in 1981–82)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 34391212
2004–05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 5212203224 50440
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 4621264746 115101541
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7833528580 50448
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82475910678 2010122224
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82357811380 2414223651
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67284977100 1356116
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4315223718
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 50 59 109 70 6 3 5 8 6
2012-13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 37 23 42 65 58
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 9 24 33 36 15 4 12 16 26
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 23 49 72 62 13 6 8 14 8
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 28 42 70 60 5 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 27 31 58 65 23 6 12 18 18
NHL totals 644295465760649 1244881129147


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Russia U18 65492
2004 Russia WJC 61450
2004 Russia U18 644831
2005 Russia WJC 6371016
2005 Russia WC 90448
2006 Russia WJC 6 4 6 10 12
2006 Russia WC 73696
2006 Russia Oly 724631
2007 Russia WC 955106
2010 Russia Oly 43360
2010 Russia WC 5 5 2 7 10
2012 Russia WC 10 11 8 19 4
2014 Rusisa Oly 5 1 2 3 2
2014 Russia WC 4 2 1 3 2
2015 Russia WC 9 5 5 10 8
Junior totals 3017254261
Senior totals 6236387475
Total 925363116136

External links Edit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marc-André Fleury
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Sidney Crosby
Preceded by
Alexander Ovechkin
Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Patrick Kane
Preceded by
Alexander Ovechkin
Winner of the Art Ross Trophy
Succeeded by
Henrik Sedin
Preceded by
Henrik Zetterberg
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Succeeded by
Jonathan Toews

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