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Andrei Markov (ice hockey)

Andrei Markov (ice hockey) Russian ice hockey player

Russian ice hockey player
Andrei Markov (ice hockey)
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Russian ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From Canada
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 20 December 1978, Voskresensk, Voskresensky District, Moscow Oblast, Moscow Oblast
Age: 41 years
Stats
Height: 183
Andrei Markov (ice hockey)
The details

Biography

Andrei Viktorovich Markov (Russian: Андрей Викторович Марков; born 20 December 1978) is a Russian-Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, having most recently played for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He holds both Russian and Canadian citizenship.

Playing career

Markov was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round, 162nd overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. After being considered one of the best defencemen in Russia in 2000, he came over to North America and split time with the Canadiens and their then-minor league affiliate, the Quebec Citadelles of the American Hockey League (AHL). After rounding out his defensive game, he has become a regular in the Canadiens' starting line-up and is widely considered to be their most complete defenceman.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Markov played in his native Russia with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague (RSL).

Markov signed a four-year contract with the Canadiens on 28 May 2007, keeping him with the team through the 2010–11 season. He had a career year in the 2007–08 season, and was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game as a starter, in Atlanta.

Markov with the Montreal Canadiens in 2010

On 1 October 2009, Markov suffered a lacerated ankle injury after colliding with teammate Carey Price's skate and was initially expected to be out of the Canadiens' lineup until February 2010. Markov made a full recovery almost two months ahead of schedule and returned to action on 19 December 2009, when the Canadiens faced the New York Islanders. Markov ended up jump-starting the Habs' offence with two goals in his return en route to a 3–0 victory. During the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 30 April, Markov suffered a leg injury after being hit by Matt Cooke.

On 16 July 2010, Markov became a Canadian citizen. During the 2010–11 season, he played only seven games, earning three points (one goal and two assists). On 13 November 2010, Markov suffered a knee injury in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes and underwent surgery 8 December 2010, missing the remainder of the season.

On 23 June 2011, Markov signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens. On 10 March 2012, he played in his first game in over a year, tallying an assist in a 4–1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. On 23 June 2014, Markov re-signed with the Canadiens to a three-year contract worth an annual average value of $5.75 million. On 15 September 2014, Markov was named an alternate captain for the Canadiens, along with P. K. Subban, Tomáš Plekanec and Max Pacioretty, sharing the leadership duties of a Canadiens squad currently without a team captain. On 18 September 2015, it was announced Markov will serve as alternate captain for Max Pacioretty and will be paired with Brendan Gallagher.

On July 26, 2017 it was announced that Andrei Markov would not be returning to Montreal Canadiens for the 2017-2018 season after spending his entire NHL career with the team and playing 990 games over 16 years. Two days later, on July 28th, 2017, it was announced that Markov had agreed to a two-year deal with the KHL's Ak Bars Kazan.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Khimik Voskresensk IHL 38 0 0 0 14  —  —  —  —  —
1996–97 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 43 8 4 12 32 2 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 43 10 5 15 83  —  —  —  —  —
1998–99 Dynamo Moscow RSL 38 10 11 21 32 16 3 6 9 6
1999–00 Dynamo Moscow RSL 29 11 12 23 28 17 4 3 7 8
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 14 0 5 5 4 7 1 1 2 2
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 6 17 23 18  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 12 4 6 10 7  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 5 19 24 24 12 1 3 4 8
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 13 24 37 34  —  —  —  —  —
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 6 22 28 20 11 1 4 5 8
2004–05 Dynamo Moscow RSL 42 7 16 23 76 10 2 0 2 22
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 10 36 46 74 6 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 6 43 49 56  —  —  —  —  —
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 16 42 58 63 12 1 3 4 8
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 12 52 64 36  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 6 28 34 32 8 0 4 4 0
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 1 2 3 4  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 0 3 3 4  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 21 1 5 6 16  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 10 20 30 14 5 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 7 36 43 34 17 1 9 10 38
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 10 40 50 38 12 1 1 2 8
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 6 39 44 38  —  —  —  —  —
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 6 30 36 16 6 0 1 1 10
NHL totals 990 119 453 572 505 89 5 27 32 56

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Russia WJC 03 !3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 2
1998 Russia WJC 02 !2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 3 2 5 6
1999 Russia WC 5th 6 1 4 5 2
2000 Russia WC 11th 6 0 2 2 0
2004 Russia WCH 5th 2 0 1 1 2
2005 Russia WC 03 !3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 1 4 5 20
2006 Russia Oly 4th 8 1 2 3 6
2007 Russia WC 03 !3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 3 5 8 2
2008 Russia WC 01 !1st, gold medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 4
2010 Russia Oly 6th 4 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 13 3 3 6 8
Senior totals 49 6 22 28 36
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