Nikolai Kulemin
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Born July 14 1986 (1986-07-14) (age 33),
Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Toronto Marlies
Ntl. team Flag of Russia 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.


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

Playing careerEdit

Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

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 awardsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

Team awardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 3158138 112466
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 5427123942 151011110
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 5721123363 1122429
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7315163118
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 50000
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7816203616
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8230275726
NHL totals 233616312460
RSL totals 142533285113 371472145

International playEdit

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 Gold medal icon 6 0 2 2 2
2006 Russia WJC Silver medal icon 4 4 2 6 25
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 1 3 4 2
2007 Russia WC Bronze medal icon 9 2 1 3 0
2010 Russia WC Silver medal icon 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


External linksEdit

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