Nikolai Kulemin
Born (1986-07-14)July 14, 1986,
Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Left/right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
RSL
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
AHL
Toronto Marlies
Ntl. team Flag of Russia.png Russia
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2005–present

Nikolai Vladimirovich Kulemin (Russian: Николай Владимирович Кулёмин; born July 14, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kulemin was selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 44th overall pick.

Personal[edit | edit source]

Kulemin is married and has two children — a boy named Alexei, born on March 20, 2009.[1]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]

On May 25, 2007, Kulemin signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs,[2] but stayed in Russia for the 2007–08 season on a handshake agreement between the Maple Leafs and Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. During the early stages of the 2008–09 NHL season, his first in the NHL, Kulemin found chemistry on a line with teammates Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski. Near the end of the season, after the trade of Leafs forward Nik Antropov, Kulemin was used mainly on a line with Grabovski and Alexei Ponikarovsky.[3] In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 21, 2009, soon after the line was created, Kulemin posted a career-high three points (one goal and two assists) in a 5–2 Toronto win.[4] It has been noted that Ponikarovsky, from Ukraine, has helped Kulemin become more comfortable in North America by translating and serving as a mentor on and off the ice.[5]

Kulemin's first NHL goal occurred in his first NHL game, against the Detroit Red Wings, on goaltender Chris Osgood, in Toronto's 2008–09 season opener on October 9, 2008. The goal ended up as the game winner in a 3–2 Leafs win.[6]

With the departure of teammate Tomáš Kaberle to the Boston Bruins, he currently has the most games played on the Maple Leafs active roster. On July 2, 2010, Kulemin signed a 2 year-year contract worth $2.35M per year.

On April 5, 2011, Kulemin became the first Russian-born Toronto Maple Leaf to score 30 goals in a season since Alexander Mogilny scored 33 in 2002-2003. Kulemin, along with Mats Sundin, Phil Kessel and Mogilny, are the only Leafs to score 30 or more since the 1999-2000 NHL season.

Honours and awards[edit | edit source]

Individual awards[edit | edit source]

Team awards[edit | edit source]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 31 5 8 13 8 11 2 4 6 6
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 54 27 12 39 42 15 10 1 11 10
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 57 21 12 33 63 11 2 2 4 29
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 15 16 31 18
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 16 20 36 16
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 30 27 57 26
NHL totals 233 61 63 124 60
RSL totals 142 53 32 85 113 37 14 7 21 45

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Russia Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2010 Germany
Bronze 2007 Russia
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Canada
World Junior Ice Hockey U18 Championships
Gold 2004 Belarus

Played for Russia in:

International statistics

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Russia WJC18 1 6 0 2 2 2
2006 Russia WJC 2 4 4 2 6 25
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 1 3 4 2
2007 Russia WC 3 9 2 1 3 0
2010 Russia WC 2 9 3 2 5 25
2011 Russia WC 4th 9 1 0 1 2
Junior int'l totals 10 4 4 8 27
Senior int'l totals 34 7 6 13 29

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