Maxim Afinogenov

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Maxim Afinogenov
Maxim Afinogenov 2009.JPG
Born (1979-09-04) September 4, 1979 (age 39)
Moscow, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Dynamo Moscow
Buffalo Sabres
Atlanta Thrashers
SKA St. Petersburg
Vityaz Podolsk
National teamFlag of Russia.svg  Russia
NHL Draft 69th overall, 1997
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1995present

Maxim Sergeyevich Afinogenov (Макси́м Серге́евич Афиноге́нов, IPA:  [mɐˈksʲim sʲɪrˈɡejɪvʲɪtɕ ɐfʲɪnɐˈɡʲɛnəf] ; born September 4, 1979) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Known for his blistering skating speed, [1] he was drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Buffalo Sabres in the third round, 69th overall, in 1997 and played nine seasons with the club. He then played one season with the Atlanta Thrashers before signing with SKA St. Petersburg in 2010.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Dynamo Moscow sports club

MGO VFSO "Dynamo", commonly known as Dynamo Moscow is a Russian leading sports club based in Moscow. Founded by Felix Dzerzhinsky on 18 April 1923, Dynamo Moscow was the first institution created from the All-Union Dynamo Sports Club and the only one still connected to the old Dynamo society.

Kontinental Hockey League Russia-based ice hockey league

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It comprises 25 member clubs based in Belarus, China, Finland, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Slovakia and it is planned to expand to more countries. It is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia, and second in the world behind the National Hockey League. KHL has the third highest average attendance in Europe with 6,121 spectators per game in the regular season, and the highest total attendance in Europe with 5.32 million spectators in the regular season.

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Personal life

Afinogenov was first introduced to hockey by his dad when he was five years old. [2] As a youth, he played in the 1993 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Moscow. [3]

Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is an annual minor ice hockey event in Quebec City. The event was founded in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival, and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre, and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of 2018, the event has showcased the talent of over 1,200 future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.

Moscow Capital city of Russia

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits, 17 million within the urban area and 20 million within the metropolitan area. Moscow is one of Russia's federal cities.

He married Russian former professional tennis player, Elena Dementieva on July 16, 2011. [4] His sister Katia Afinogenov married current Vegas Golden Knights left winger Max Pacioretty one week later. [5]

Elena Dementieva Russian tennis player

Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semifinals. Dementieva was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup. In doubles, she won the 2002 WTA Championship doubles with Janette Husárová and was the runner-up in two US Open doubles finals – in 2002 with Husárová and in 2005 with Flavia Pennetta. Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009. She announced her retirement on 29 October 2010, after her final match at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Dementieva ended her career ranked world No. 9 and between 2003 and 2010 she only ended one year, in 2007, outside the top 10.

Vegas Golden Knights National Hockey League team

The Vegas Golden Knights are a professional ice hockey team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area that began play in the 2017–18 NHL season. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley and the Maloof family. The team plays its home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

Max Pacioretty American ice hockey player

Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty is an American professional ice hockey left winger and an alternate captain for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Buffalo Sabres

Afinogenov was a forward for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague (RSL) for four seasons. He was drafted 69th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and played his rookie NHL season in 1999–2000, scoring 34 points in 65 games, while also playing in 15 games with the Sabres' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Following his third season with the Sabres, a 21-goal, 40-point campaign in 2001–02, Afinogenov re-signed with a two-year, $2.4 million contract on September 4, 2002. [1] However, that same day, while playing a pickup game in Moscow, he took a puck to the head, suffering a concussion. [1] He was limited to just 35 games in the subsequent season, managing just 11 points. The next season, in 2003–04, he recorded his first career hat-trick on December 31, 2003, at HSBC Arena in a 7–1 win against the Washington Capitals. [6] He finished the season bouncing back from his previous concussion-riddled season with 17 goals and 31 points.

HC Dynamo Moscow Russian professional ice hockey club based in Moscow

HC Dynamo Moscow is a Russian professional ice hockey club based in Moscow. It is a member of the Bobrov Division in the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Russian Superleague, commonly abbreviated as RSL, was the highest division of the main professional ice hockey league in Russia. It was considered the second best league in the world, after the National Hockey League (NHL) of North America. It was a part of the Russian Pro Hockey League which was composed of three divisions — the Superleague, Major League, and First League.

Buffalo Sabres hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at KeyBank Center since 1996. Prior to that, the Buffalo Sabres played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970. The Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011.

Afinogenov during a game in 2006. Maxim Afinogenov.jpg
Afinogenov during a game in 2006.

After spending the 2004–05 season back in Russia with Dynamo Moscow due to the NHL lockout, Afinogenov recorded his best season to date when NHL play resumed in 2005–06 with personal bests of 51 assists and 73 points. As the Sabres embarked on a playoff run to the Conference Finals, where they were defeated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. Afinogenov added eight points in 18 post-season games. He continued his scoring pace the following season in 2006–07 and, despite missing 26 games, scored 61 points and a career-high 23 goals. During the season, Sabres backup goalie Martin Biron was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline in February 2007, making Afinogenov the longest-serving Sabre on the roster. His production tailed off in 2007–08, however, managing just 28 points in the same number of games as the previous season.

The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a lockout that resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of play of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute, and the second time after the 1994–1995 MLB strike that the postseason of a major professional sports league in North America was canceled. The lockout lasted 10 months and 6 days starting September 16, 2004, the day after the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) that resolved the 1994–95 lockout expired.

The 2005–06 NHL season was the 89th season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season succeeded the 2004–05 season which had all of its scheduled games canceled due to a labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the League and its players. The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 21, 2006, and concluded on June 19, with the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers to win their first Stanley Cup, after which the Oilers would miss the postseason ten consecutive times and the Hurricanes would miss 11 of their next 12.

Stanley Cup championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

Atlanta Thrashers

Following the 2008–09 season, in which he was sidelined once more with a groin injury, [7] Afinogenov became an unrestricted free agent and was not re-signed by the Sabres. He left the club as the longest-serving Sabre on the previous season's roster, having played for the club since his rookie season in 1999–2000. On September 17, 2009, the Atlanta Thrashers invited Afinogenov to their 2009–10 training camp on a tryout. [7] and on September 29, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the team worth $800,000. He scored his first goal as a Thrasher on October 17, 2009, against the Buffalo Sabres. He finished the season with a career-high 24 goals and 61 points, finishing second on the team in points, behind only Nik Antropov.

The 2008–09 NHL season was the 92nd season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first season since prior to the 2004–05 lockout in which every team played each other at least once during the season, following three seasons where teams only played against two divisions in the other conference. It began on October 4, with the regular season ending on April 12. The Stanley Cup playoffs ended on June 12, with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking the championship. The Montreal Canadiens hosted the 57th NHL All-Star Game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2009, as part of the Canadiens' 100th season celebration.

The 1999–2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams each played 82 games. This was the first season played in which teams were awarded a point for an overtime loss. The New Jersey Devils defeated the defending champion Dallas Stars for their second Stanley Cup championship. During the regular season, no player reached the 100-point plateau, the first time this had happened in a non-lockout season since the 1967–68 season. Also, in the 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs, the New Jersey Devils overcame a three games to one deficit against the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Eastern Conference Finals.

Atlanta Thrashers American ice hockey team based in Atlanta

The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta. Atlanta was granted a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) on June 25, 1997, and became the League's 28th franchise when it began play in the 1999–2000 season. They were members of the Southeast Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and played their home games at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The Thrashers qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs only once, during the 2006–07 season in which they won the Southeast Division, but were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers.

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Medal record
Representing Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Canada
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2002 Sweden
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Germany
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005 Austria
Winter Olympics
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2002 Salt Lake City
World Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1999 Canada
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1998 Helsinki

KHL

Following the 2009–10 season, Afinogenov signed a five-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) as a free agent. After a productive first season with St. Petersburg, Afinogenov was plagued by injury in the following two seasons. He was traded to Podolsk-based HC Vityaz prior to the 2013–14 season, and was announced as the team's captain. [8]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1995–96 Dynamo Moscow II RUS II 342393230
1995–96 Dynamo Moscow IHL 10000
1996–97 Dynamo Moscow RSL 2965111040220
1997–98 Dynamo MoscowRSL351051553
1998–99 Dynamo MoscowRSL388132124161061614
1998–99 Dynamo Moscow IIRUS II11232
1999–2000 Rochester Americans AHL 1561218883144
1999–2000 Buffalo Sabres NHL 651618344150112
2000–01 Buffalo SabresNHL7814223640112354
2001–02 Buffalo SabresNHL8121194069
2002–03 Buffalo SabresNHL35561121
2003–04 Buffalo SabresNHL7317143157
2004–05 Dynamo MoscowRSL3613142791104488
2005–06 Buffalo SabresNHL77225173841835810
2006–07 Buffalo SabresNHL5623386166155496
2007–08 Buffalo SabresNHL5610182842
2008–09 Buffalo SabresNHL486142020
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL8224376146
2010–11 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 51132033501141510
2011–12 SKA St. PetersburgKHL23481236123144
2012–13 SKA St. PetersburgKHL264484131346
2013–14 Vityaz Podolsk KHL5312142669
2014–15 Vityaz PodolskKHL54171027124
2015–16 Vityaz PodolskKHL5615132834
2016–17 Vityaz PodolskKHL582027474440226
2017–18 Vityaz PodolskKHL4716203625
2018–19 Dynamo MoscowKHL1041510
RSL totals1383737741783014122622
NHL totals6511582373954864910132322
KHL totals37810511722242540871526

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
1996 Russia EJC Gold medal icon.svg51120
1997 RussiaEJC4th643718
1998 Russia WJC Silver medal icon.svg73254
1999 RussiaWJCGold medal icon.svg73580
1999 Russia WC 5th62132
2000 RussiaWC11th61014
2002 Russia OG Bronze medal icon.svg62244
2002 RussiaWCSilver medal icon.svg93036
2004 RussiaWC10th51124
2004 Russia WCH 5th40112
2005 RussiaWCBronze medal icon.svg93256
2006 RussiaOG4th810110
2008 RussiaWCGold medal icon.svg85162
2010 RussiaOG6th41120
2010 RussiaWCSilver medal icon.svg934718
2011 RussiaWC4th91236
Junior totals2511112222
Senior totals8323153864

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