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Sergei Fedorov
Born (1969-12-13)December 13, 1969,
Pskov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Centre (sometimes winger and defenceman)
Shoots Left
KHL team
F. teams
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Washington Capitals
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings
CSKA Moscow
Dinamo Minsk
Ntl. team Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union &
Flag of Russia.png Russia
NHL Draft 74th overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1986–present

Sergei Viktorovich Fedorov (Russian: Сергей Викторович Фёдоров; born December 13, 1969) is a Russian professional ice hockey centre, and occasionally a winger or defenceman.[1] He currently serves as the captain of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk squad in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Fedorov gained fame in the NHL for his unique style of play with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won 3 Stanley Cups before tenures with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets, and lastly the Washington Capitals, playing in over 1,200 NHL contests. On October 25, 2008, Fedorov passed Alexander Mogilny to set a record for most goals by a Russian-born NHL player, scoring his 473rd goal. He was also the first European-trained player to win the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1993–94 NHL season, and is considered to be one of the best playoff performers in NHL history.[2][3][4]

Fedorov was considered one of the best players in the world in the 1990s leading into early 2000s (decade).[5] He recently played for Team Russia in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He is currently playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was made captain of the team in early September 2011.[6] He will also be an ambassador for Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[7]

Playing career

In his pre-NHL days, he played for CSKA Moscow on the famous line with future NHL superstars Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny, and was drafted a year after Mogilny (the same year as Bure). Fedorov was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, fourth round, 74th overall. In 1990, while CSKA Moscow was in Seattle for the Goodwill Games, Fedorov quietly slipped out of his hotel room and onto an airplane bound for Detroit.[8] Thus, he became one of many NHL stars to have defected from the Soviet Union to play in the NHL.

Fedorov was described as "three great players in one". In his extraordinary career, he "once held claim to the title of top player on the planet".[9] Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman said his teammate was the "best skater I've ever seen."[10] During the 1993–94 NHL season, Fedorov's outstanding play earned him the Hart Memorial Trophy (being the first European-trained player to do so), the Frank J. Selke Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award. He finished second in scoring behind Los Angeles' Wayne Gretzky with 56 goals and 120 points.

Sergei was also introduced to Gretzky by Paul Coffey during the 1994 NHL All Star Game, which led to him staying over at his L.A home for 2 weeks that year.[11]

In the lockout-shortened 1994–95 NHL season, Fedorov finished second on the team in points with 50 (20 goals, 30 assists) in 42 games. That season, in a game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, February 12, Fedorov scored all 4 of Detroit's goals in a 4-4 tie. Although the Red Wings lost the Stanley Cup Finals that year to the New Jersey Devils, Fedorov led the playoffs in all scoring with 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists).

Fedorov won another Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1996, after compiling 100-point season with 39 goals and 107 points in 78 games played. The next season, he played for Russia in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and was a member of the Red Wings' first Stanley Cup championship team since 1955, lead in team scoring by contributing 20 points in 20 playoff games for Detroit. During the regular season, he had achieved the rare feat of scoring 5 goals in a single game, as he got all of Detroit's goals in a 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on December 26, 1996.

After a lengthy holdout to start the 1997–98 season, Fedorov, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with the Carolina Hurricanes worth up to $38 million (with bonuses). The Red Wings matched the offer on February 26, 1998, ending Fedorov's holdout. The offer broke down as: $14 million for signing, $2 million for 21 regular season games, and $12 million for the team reaching conference finals. $28 million for 43 total games in 1997–98 is the largest single season amount paid to an NHL athlete[12]. Fedorov helped the Red Wings win their second consecutive Stanley Cup that season.

On February 14, 1999, Fedorov announced that his entire base salary for the 1998–99 season, $2 million, would be used to create the Sergei Fedorov Foundation, a charity to assist Detroit area children. During the 1990s, Fedorov was third in playoff scoring, with 134 points behind only Jaromír Jágr (135) and Mario Lemieux (136). He is only the third player in NHL history to have four consecutive 20+ point playoff campaigns, along with Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier. He also led the entire NHL in Plus-minus in the 1990s with a +221[13].

Fedorov won his third Stanley Cup in 2002, and the next season scored 83 points in 80 games during the 2002–03 NHL season, and won the inaugural Kharlamov Trophy.

At the 2002 NHL All Star Game SuperSkills Competition, Fedorov slap shot the puck 101.5 mph in the net to win "Hardest Shot". Dominik Hasek said on Fedorov "I know his shot, and I'm not surprised that he won it... He can shoot from the blue line and he can score from the blue line".[14]

After a October 25, 2002 game between Pittsburgh and Detroit, talking to reporters about Fedorov, Mario Lemieux said, "He was awesome. The way he skates, he's just dominating out there. Especially in the neutral zone, he picks up a lot of speed. You can't defend against that."[15]

In the 2003 offseason, Fedorov signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after a long contract dispute with the Red Wings, in which he rejected deals for 5 years/$50 million and 4 years/$40 million. He remained with Anaheim from 2003 to 2005. It was with the Ducks that Fedorov picked up his 1,000th point, becoming the first Russian-born and fifth European-born player to do so.[16]

In an unanticipated move, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 15, 2005.[17] As a Blue Jacket, he also played his 1,000th NHL game on November 30, 2005, becoming the 13th European-born player to reach 1,000 NHL games and the 205th player overall to do so.

In a 2006 interview, former Red Wing head coach Scotty Bowman said, "[Fedorov was] one of my favorite players as a coach because he can do anything [asked of him on ice]." Bowman coached nine of Fedorov's thirteen seasons with Detroit. During the late 1990s, Bowman experimented by using Fedorov on defense and pairing him with Larry Murphy. The Red Wings senior vice-president Jim Devellano said, "I’m convinced if we left him there, he’d have won a Norris Trophy".[8] Although he was effective playing defense, Fedorov stated that he would rather play up front. This did not prevent Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock from moving Fedorov back to defense on occasion.

Fedorov signed a free-agent contract with Anaheim for less than the Red Wings offered him after Detroit lost to Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs in 2003. He is fourth all-time in many offensive categories in Red Wings history behind Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, and Alex Delvecchio. Only Howe, Yzerman, Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidström, Tomas Holmstrom, and Kris Draper have played more games as a Red Wing. Approaching the trade deadline in 2008, Fedorov was traded to the Washington Capitals for Capitals draft pick Theo Ruth.[18]

The following summer, Fedorov signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Capitals. In 2008–09, what would become his final season in the NHL, Fedorov passed Alexander Mogilny for most goals by a Russian-born hockey player. The previous record held by Mogilny was 473 goals.

In a 2009 interview, former Red Wings Head coach Scotty Bowman recalled a conversation between Gretzky and him: "I talked to Wayne Gretzky about that six or seven years ago and he said to me: 'I couldn't play forward and defence. Mario couldn't do it. Jagr couldn't play defense. But Sergei could. He was a hell of a player'."[19]

On April 28, 2009, in one of his last games in the NHL, after shooting the game-winning goal in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers in a 2-1 game 7 contest, coach Bruce Boudreau in a press conference remarked that, "Let's face it, sometimes experience pays off. He knew what he had to do, when to do it, and that's what makes him one of the greatest players, ever". Alex Ovechkin added "He's our leader...He's our best guy in the locker room. He showed it. He's our best guy. He has more experience than anybody in this locker room. He knows how to play like that. He just shows his leadership.".[4] For the 2009–10 season, Fedorov returned to his home country of Russia signing a 2-year deal with Magnitogorsk. He said that he wanted to fulfill his father's life long dream of having his two sons play on the same team.[20] Early in the season, Fedorov scored his 1500th point in official games.[21]

International play

On a team that was missing many of their top stars due to players declining and injuries, Fedorov with Pavel Bure and Mikhail Shtalenkov carried the team to a silver medal with Russia in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Fedorov and the Russians knocked out the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals 1-0, and ended the tournament winning a bronze medal.

In response on his decision to play hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Fedorov said, "I don't think it is appropriate to delay my decision about the Olympics any further. As much as I would enjoy representing my country in Italy, I'm afraid that at this point in the season my focus has to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets... I feel that the most important thing is for me to continue to work towards being 100 percent healthy. My main priority and responsibility is to the Columbus Blue Jackets and I don't believe participating in the Olympics, which is a short, intense tournament, would be the best thing to do."[22]

The Washington trio, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Fedorov competed on the same line for Team Russia and won the Gold Medal at the 2008 World Championships, 5-4 in overtime against Canada in which he set up the game winning goal to Ilya Kovalchuck. The tournament was the held for the first time in Canada (Quebec City) for the 100th anniversary celebrations. Team Russia would repeat the Gold against Canada again at the 2009 World Championships. He also played for Russia in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, entering the competition ranked number one in the world.[23]

Personal life

Fedorov claimed he and tennis star Anna Kournikova were married in 2001, but later divorced in 2003.[24] Kournikova's representatives deny any marriage to Fedorov, however Fedorov's agent, Pat Brisson, claims that although he doesn't know when they got married, he knew "he [Fedorov] was married".[25] Although she claims to have never married the hockey superstar, she did turn over her South Beach condo as part of the divorce. Sergei has also been linked to Tara Reid. He presently resides in Magnitogorsk during hockey season and splits his summers between Detroit and Miami. He is currently linked to a dark-skinned woman from Miami. Brisson confirms the couple, but refuses to release her name. Pictures of the two have been seen in the Miami Herald, and they have been seen around town together.

On July 24, 2009, Fedorov filed a lawsuit against Joseph Zada for defrauding on a March agreement to pay him $60 million to compensate him for the $43 million Fedorov invested with Zada over the past 11 years. The lawsuit was filed by Fedorov in Michigan.[26] Fedorov won the suit, but has been unable to collect on the judgment from Zada.[27]

Sergei Fedorov and his brother, Fedor, both appeared in a music video for the song 'My Philosophy' performed by the band RU. Fedorov agreed to perform in the video, and asked his brother to perform as well, because he was personal friends with the members of the band. He also appeared in Soccer Aid, a football game that takes place in England pitting celebrities against each other to benefit UNICEF UK. He competed on the "rest of the world" squad.

In the summer of 2011 his foundation helped a boy with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy who needed a special bed, costing approximately $20,000.

Awards and achievements

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Russia Russia
Olympic Games
Silver 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2008 Canada Ice hockey
Silver 2010 Germany Ice hockey
World Cup of Hockey
Bronze 1996 Canada Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union
World Championships
Gold 1989 Sweden Ice hockey
Gold 1990 Switzerland Ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Silver 1988 Soviet Union Ice hockey
Gold 1989 USA Ice hockey
Goodwill Games
Gold 1990 USA Ice hockey

NHL records and accomplishments

Career statistics

Bolded numbers indicate season/ playoff leader

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 CSKA Moscow Soviet 29 6 6 12 12
1987–88 CSKA Moscow Soviet 48 7 9 16 20
1988–89 CSKA Moscow Soviet 44 9 8 17 35
1989–90 CSKA Moscow Soviet 48 19 10 29 20
1990–91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 31 48 79 66 7 1 5 6 4
1991–92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 32 54 86 72 11 5 5 10 8
1992–93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 34 53 87 72 7 3 6 9 23
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 56 64 120 34 7 1 7 8 6
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 20 30 50 24 17 7 17 24 6
1995–96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 39 68 107 48 19 2 18 20 10
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 30 33 63 30 20 8 12 20 12
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 6 11 17 25 22 10 10 20 12
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 26 37 63 66 10 1 8 9 8
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 27 35 62 22 9 4 4 8 4
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 32 37 69 40 6 2 5 7 0
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 31 37 68 36 23 5 14 19 20
2002–03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 36 47 83 52 4 1 2 3 0
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 31 34 65 42
2004–05 Did not play See 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 62 12 31 43 64
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 73 18 24 42 56
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 50 9 19 28 30
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 18 2 11 13 8 7 1 4 5 8
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 52 11 22 33 50 14 1 7 8 12
2009–10 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 50 9 20 29 47 8 1 1 2 4
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 48 7 16 23 40 20 5 7 12 16
NHL totals 1,248 483 696 1,179 839 183 52 124 176 133
Soviet totals 169 41 33 74 87
KHL totals[32] 98 16 36 52 87 28 6 8 14 20

All-Star Game statistics[33]

Year   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 1 0 2 2 0
1994 1 1 1 2 0
1996 1 0 1 1 0
2001 1 2 0 2 0
2002 1 1 0 1 0
2003 1 0 2 2 0
Game totals 6 4 6 10 0

International play

Played for the Soviet Union in:

Played for Russia in:

International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1987 WJC 6 0 0 0 8
1988 WJC 7 5 7 12 0
1989 WJC 7 4 8 12 4
1989 WC 10 6 3 9 10
1990 WC 10 4 2 6 10
1991 CC 5 2 2 4 6
1996 WCH 5 3 3 6 2
1998 Oly 6 1 5 6 8
2002 Oly 6 2 2 4 4
2004 WCH 0 - - - -
2008 WC 9 5 7 12 8
2010 Oly 4 0 4 4 6
2010 WC 9 2 4 6 12
WJC int'l totals 20 9 15 24 12
WEC int'l totals 20 10 5 15 20
WC int'l totals 18 7 11 18 20
Olympics totals 16 3 11 14 18
Canada/ World Cup totals 10 5 5 10 8
Senior int'l totals 64 25 32 57 66

Notes and references

  1. Fedorov may play defense rest of season. The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved on 2007-03-16.
  2. "Who's Who in Hockey", (2003), (p.118), by By Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler
  3. The 30 greatest NHL playoff performers of all time - The Vancouver Sun -
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fedorov's game-winner brings back memories - NHL News -
  5. Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum, 2001-2010, ""
  6. Сергей Федоров выбран капитаном «Магнитки», Мозякин и Ролинек – ассистентами - Хоккей -
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wings of Legend: Sergei Fedorov. Archived from the original on October 15, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-01-26. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Legend" defined multiple times with different content
  9. Trio of European hockey stars hopes to skate into golden sunset - Vancouver 2010 Olympics - The Toronto Star -
  10. "Video", CNN, January 24, 1994. 
  11. Fedorov captures Hart, Selke trophies
  14. "Fedorov, Kovalchuk are night's brightest stars", USA Today, February 2, 2002. 
  15. Template error: argument title is required. 
  16. "Fedorov sparks Ducks while surpassing 1,000 points",, 2004-02-15. Retrieved on 2007-01-26. 
  17. "Fedorov traded to Blue Jackets", CBC Sports, November 16, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-01-26. 
  18. Capitals Acquire Center Sergei Fedorov from Columbus. (2008). Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  19. Hockey World
  20. Fedorov: "I Always Wanted to Play on the Same Team With My Brother" - Japers' Rink
  21. Sergei Fedorov: "Pleased to become first Russian to score 1500 points". Retrieved on 2009-11-30.
  22. Fedorov to skip Olympics, focus on Blue Jackets - NHL - ESPN
  24. "Fedorov married, divorced Kournikova", CBC Sports, March 3, 2003. Retrieved on 2007-01-26. 
  25. "Fedorov married, divorced Kournikova", CBC News, March 3, 2003. 
  26. Local News: West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Martin & St. Lucie Counties | The Palm Beach Post
  27. NHL - Pro Hockey: Bank plans to auction Fedorov houses
  29. 1997-1998 - Playoffs - All Skaters - Summary - Total Points - - Stats
  32. Fedorov, Sergei. Player Profile. Retrieved on 7 April 2011.
  33. NHL All-Star Game Summaries/Results by Year - 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

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