Sergei Fedorov
Ice hockey player
Sergei Fedorov
Sergei Viktorovich Fedorov is a retired Russian professional ice hockey centre, who also occasionally played winger or defenceman. Fedorov currently serves as the General Manager of HC CSKA Moscow. 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 games and 483 goals in the NHL.
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Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov Sells Miami Penthouse for $11M
Fox News - about 1 year
The hockey legend bought the "tallest condo in all of South Beach" for $2.28 million shortly after the 44-story complex was constructed in 1997. The post Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov Sells Miami Penthouse for $11M appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Ovechkin surpasses Fedorov as top Russian scorer
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(Reuters) - Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin scored his 484th career goal on Thursday to surpass Sergei Fedorov as the NHL's highest scoring Russian-born player. The record-breaking goal came in the third period of Washington's game against Dallas after Ovechkin took a backhand pass from Nicklas Backstrom and scored. The Washington crowd gave Ovechkin an ovation, though the Capitals went on to lose 3-2.
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Fedorov, Lidstrom enshrined in Hall of Fame
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Early years playing in Moscow helped propel Sergei Fedorov to a career that culminated with his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay were also inducted during a ceremony in Toronto on Monday. Accepting his Hall of Fame plaque from Russian compatriot Igor Larionov, the 45-year-old Fedorov paid tribute to former coaches and spoke of how playing for CSKA Moscow prepared him for his shift to the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings.
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Lidstrom and Fedorov headline Hockey Hall of Fame class
Yahoo News - over 1 year
The NHL has been transformed from a North American league to a truly international one over the last couple of decades. Sweden's Nicklas Lidstrom and Russia's Sergei Fedorov had a lot to do with that.
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Alex Ovechkin Closes In on Mentor’s Record
NYTimes - over 1 year
Alex Ovechkin needs four more goals to achieve his next mark: becoming the leader in goals among Russian N.H.L. players, surpassing his former teammate and longtime friend Sergei Fedorov.
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Alex Ovechkin Closes In on Mentor’s Record
NYTimes - over 1 year
Alex Ovechkin needs four more goals to achieve his next mark: becoming the leader in goals among Russian N.H.L. players, surpassing his former teammate and longtime friend Sergei Fedorov.
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Red Wings Star Gets New Deal
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of this offseason by agreeing to a new deal with Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk and the Red Wings agreed on a three-year contract Tuesday, two days before his 35th birthday, to keep the Russian superstar with the franchise through the 2016-17 season. "We're obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. "This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none." Datsyuk can't sign the contract until July 5 because he was entering the last year of his current deal. Soon after the season ended with a Game 7 loss in the second round at Chicago, Datsyuk said he wanted to stay with the Red Wings instead of returning home to play in Russia followin ...
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Hart Trophy Winners¢
Fox News - over 3 years
Winners of the National Hockey League's Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the player most valuable to his team: 2013 — Alex Ovechkin, Washington 2012 — Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh 2011 — Corey Perry, Anaheim 2010 — Henrik Sedin, Vancouver 2009 — Alexander Ovechkin, Washington 2008 — Alexander Ovechkin, Washington 2007 — Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh 2006 — Joe Thornton, San Jose 2005 — Lockout 2004 — Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay 2003 — Peter Forsberg, Colorado 2002 — Jose Theodore, Montreal 2001 — Joe Sakic, Colorado 2000 — Chris Pronger, St. Louis 1999 — Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh 1998 — Dominik Hasek, Buffalo 1997 — Dominik Hasek, Buffalo 1996 — Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh 1995 — Eric Lindros, Philadelphia 1994 — Sergei Fedorov, Detroit 1993 — Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh 1992 — Mark Messier, N.Y.
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Kolby Solinsky: Is Hockey a Racist Sport?
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
-------------------------------------------------- Finally. Finally somebody said it. Finally somebody defended the innocent actions of Evander Kane, and finally somebody said those words we all knew we'd finally hear a hockey player say, one day. It's just too bad it had to be Kane, himself, who said them. "I think a good portion of (the criticism of me) is because I'm black and I'm not afraid to say that," the left winger told The Hockey News. (*The story is set to come out on March 4, said The Sporting News.) He then clarified his statements with a solid one-line just after. "I don't feel like a victim and I don't want to be perceived as one." Now, the defenders of the realm will be quick to throw up their arms and roll back their eyes. Oh, please, they'll say. Not everything is a racial issue. Just because he's black doesn't mean that's why he's been criticized. They'll be quick to point out that he's been flagged for a number of off-ice indiscretio ...
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Weber Crosses Line But Feels Like End Of Era In Detroit
Fan 590 - almost 5 years
When it comes to NHL discipline, we’ve always gone from expecting the “right thing” to be done, to hoping the “right thing” might be done, to emotionally disengaging from the entire process. From Matt Cooke, for all intents and purposes, ending Marc Savard’s career with as blatant a targeting of the human head as we’ve seen in the sport in the last several years, to countless other weak suspensions for similar hits, it’s really difficult to take things seriously which the NHL comes down with. So I think all of us who saw Shea Weber’s disgusting actions of a punch to the back of the head of Henrik Zetterberg, followed by the slamming of Zetterberg’s skull into the glass at extremely close range, are all HOPING the right thing is done, but it’s so tempered by expectations.  The NHL loves to talk the talk about wanting violence out of the sport.  Trust me, it doesn’t.  They feel like they have to target the younger demographic that is so infatuated with the NFL, and especially the gro ...
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Winter Classic Buzz A Stark Reminder Of What We’re Missing….
Fan 590 - about 5 years
Sure, I’m excited about the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.  Not that anyone living in the GTA really NEEDS snow tires anymore, although Bridgestone makes their fair share of all-season radial tires, I should point out.  We now have, in essence, TWO Novembers and TWO Marchs in terms of weather, and December, January, and February basically combine for 28-30 days of weather that isn’t late fall or very early spring. Though many have referred to the Winter Classic announcement as being the “worst-kept secret in sports”, the buzz of the announcement and Brian Burke, Ken Holland, and the Ilitch family announcing what should be an amazingly fun festival of hockey and just plain being outside, did get me excited.  I’m well aware many Maple Leafs fans have registered for a ticket presale, booked hotel rooms from downtown Detroit all the way to Ann Arbor and points in between like Novi and Livonia (more my residential stomping ground during the nine years I lived there).  I was very f ...
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Detroit Red Wings: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up in 2011-12 - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Guys like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper, Sergei Fedorov, Tomas Holmstrom were either drafted very late or came to Detroit for virtually nothing (literally $1 in Draper's case) and have managed to blossom into All-Stars
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Quick Hits: More Signings, Some Fedorov News, and Concussions - Winging It In Motown
Google News - over 5 years
[Red Light] I think someone bookmarked this for me on purpose: reliable sources have told Octopus Thrower that Sergei Fedorov's #91 will not be retired by the Wings, despite being the most talented player to ever wear the Winged Wheel. Blasphemous
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NHL Trade Scenarios: 7 Teams Who Should Be Interested in Alexander Semin - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He immensely benefited from the veteran Russian presence of Sergei Fedorov on the Capitals several seasons ago and could benefit from Datsyuk in the same way. After all, the Red Wings really know how to get the best out of their Russian players
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SJ Shark Prospect Killed in Plane Crash - NBC Bay Area
Google News - over 5 years
Sobchenko was a 6-2, 192 pound center who could play wing, but he preferred the former position because his idol, Sergei Fedorov, played there. Sobchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to Russia when he was 10 years old. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is a
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Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk and the 11 Most Skilled Players in Team History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
This is the second or third time I've been able to write about Sergei Fedorov in the last month or so, and it's been a joy to go back and watch videos and read up to remind myself just how special a player the Red Wings had in Fedorov
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sergei Fedorov
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 45
    During his acceptance speech for his 2015 induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame he mentioned that his wife, Corrina, could not be in attendance, because she was expecting the couple's first child.
    More Details Hide Details Fedorov currently serves as the General Manager of CSKA Moscow, a hockey team in the Kontinental Hockey League, also known as the "Red Army Team". Fedorov presently resides in Moscow during hockey season and splits his summers between Detroit and Miami. Bolded numbers indicate season/playoff leader
    On November 9, 2015, Fedorov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details During the weekend festivities, many of his past coaches and teammates commented on Sergei's career. Scotty Bowman was speaking about having to put Sergei on defense when injuries were piling up: "He was the best defenseman in the league for a six-week period". Former teammate Brendan Shanahan said: "I'm convinced if Sergei played defense, he could have won a Norris Trophy He was so talented, so strong." Wayne Gretzky spoke on their friendship: "He was one of my closer friends that played on another team. Actually, the year he won the Hart Trophy I think it was, he lived with us for six weeks in the offseason and we trained together and spent a lot of time together". Alex Oveckhin said he was "the best player I've ever played with. He was unbelievable. You put him in every position and he was going to be the best. His hockey sense was unbelievable. His shot and vision, unbelievable.
    He was a hell of a player.'" A few years later, in a 2015 interview, Bowman stated he thought Fedorov "could have been an all-star defenceman, but he developed his offensive skills."
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    Fedorov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 9, 2015 and to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 43
    On December 27, 2013 Fedorov played for CSKA Moscow in the 2013 Spengler Cup, in 2 games he scored 1 goal in the tournament.
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    He would appear in his last two games of his career for CSKA at the 2013 Spengler Cup, registering three shots and one goal.
    More Details Hide Details He never appeared, however, in a KHL game for the team.
    Fedorov announced he would be returning to CSKA Moscow as a player on October 9, 2013. "The legs are still good," and, "I still train twice a week," Fedorov said in response to questions of him continuing his playing career.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    For the 2009–10 season, Fedorov returned to Russia, signing a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he wanted to fulfill his father's lifelong dream of having his two sons play on the same team. Early in the season, Fedorov scored his 1,500th point in official games.
    On April 28, 2009, in one of his last games in the NHL, after scoring the game-winning goal in the 2009 playoffs against the New York Rangers in a 2–1 Game 7 contest, then-Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau stated in a press conference, "Let's face it, sometimes experience pays off.
    More Details Hide Details He knew what he had to do, when to do it, and that's what makes him one of the greatest players, ever." Team captain Alexander 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." Jeremy Roenick, in his book, spoke about Fedorov being one of his top ten favourite players to play against: "He was a horse, bigger than you'd think he was. He could skate, handle the puck like a magician, and check you until you hated him. You didn't get a break when you played centre against Detroit in those days." He added, "Today we talk about Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin, but neither of those guys could skate with Alexander Mogilny or Fedorov or Pavel Bure."
  • 2008
    Age 38
    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; Fedorov passed to Ilya Kovalchuk to set up the game-winning goal. The tournament was held for the first time in Canada (Quebec City) for the 100th anniversary celebrations. Team Russia would repeat the gold medal, again against Canada, at the 2009 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details He also played for Russia in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; He was the eldest player in the tournament at the age of 40 years. Russia entered the competition ranked number one in the world. Russia lost in the quarterfinals but he finished the Olympics at a point-per-game, and tied Ovechkin for second on the team overall.
    In 2008–09, what would become his final season in the NHL, Fedorov passed Alexander Mogilny for most goals scored by a Russian-born hockey player, a record previously held by Mogilny, who scored 473 goals.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2009 interview, Scotty Bowman recalled a conversation between Wayne Gretzky and himself: "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. Jágr couldn't play defense. But Sergei could.
    Approaching the NHL trade deadline in 2008, Fedorov was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for prospect Theo Ruth.
    More Details Hide Details The following summer, Fedorov signed a one-year, $4 million contract with Washington Capitals.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    In a 2006 interview, former Red Wing Head Coach Scotty Bowman said, "was one of my favorite players as a coach because he can do anything of him on ice."
    More Details Hide Details Bowman coached nine of Fedorov's 13 seasons with Detroit. During the late 1990s, Bowman experimented by using Fedorov on defence and pairing him with Larry Murphy. Red Wings Senior Vice-President Jim Devellano said, "I'm convinced if we left him there, he'd have won a Norris Trophy." Although he was effective playing defence, Fedorov stated that he would rather play as a forward, though this did not prevent then-Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock from moving Fedorov to defence on occasion.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    As a Blue Jacket, Fedorov 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.
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    In an unanticipated move, Fedorov was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 15, 2005, along with a fifth-round draft pick, in exchange for forward Tyler Wright and rookie defenceman François Beauchemin.
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  • 2003
    Age 33
    He remained with Anaheim from 2003 to 2005.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Some hockey legends in interviews throughout the years have commented on Fedorov's abilities, such as former Red Wings teammate Nicklas Lidström: "I think he's the best player in the League. He's real tough to defend against. He's got quickness to best you if you step up to him. It's tough to stop him." Former Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque once said, "Sergei is a dominating player, a franchise player. When he makes a move on you, he has the ability to maintain his speed or even go faster. There aren't many defensemen who can keep up with him." Steve Yzerman and Wayne Gretzky speaking to Fox Sports columnist and Detroit radio host Art Regner in past interviews said they thought "Fedorov is the most talented player they've ever seen." After leaving the Red Wings (his first season with Anaheim, in which he scored 31 times), Fedorov had multiple injuries and his tally of 18 goals in 2006-07 was the most he scored until his retirement from the NHL in 2008-09.
    On December 3, 2003, Fedorov returned to Detroit for the first time since signing with the Ducks; he was booed heavily by Detroit fans every time he touched the puck during a 7–2 Red Wings victory.
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    In the 2003 off-season, Fedorov signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after a long contract dispute with the Red Wings, in which he rejected deals for five-year, $50 million and four-year, $40 million.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Holmström and Kris Draper have played more games as a Red Wing.
  • 2002
    Age 32
    After an October 25, 2002 game between Pittsburgh and Detroit, talking to reporters about Fedorov, Mario Lemieux said, "He was awesome.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    At the 2002 NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, Fedorov slapped the puck 101.5 mph in the net to win "Hardest Shot".
    More Details Hide Details Dominik Hašek 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."
    In the 2002–03 NHL season, Steve Yzerman was injured for most the season and Fedorov led the team in scoring with 36 goals and 83 points in 80 games, and won the inaugural Kharlamov Trophy by the NHL.
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    During an interview with Brett Hull days after the Red Wings 2002 Stanley Cup Championship win, he commented on Fedorov as a player and person: "Fedorov's maturity—not only on the ice, but off the ice—has grown immensely, and, like Stevie said, there's not too many guys in this league, if any, that have the skill that he does.
    More Details Hide Details And he's learned to use it over the years. I think everyone can see that."
  • 2001
    Age 31
    Fedorov was born to Viktor and Natalia Fedorov in Pskov. Fedorov claimed he and tennis star Anna Kournikova were married in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details 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". Although she claims to have never married the hockey superstar, she did turn over her South Beach condo as part of the divorce. Fedorov was also romantically linked to actress Tara Reid (2004). Fedorov also had a cereal named after him called Fedorov Crunch. In 2006, Fedorov appeared in Soccer Aid, a football game that takes place in England pitting celebrities against each other to benefit UNICEF UK. He competed for the "rest of the world" squad. On July 24, 2009, Fedorov filed a lawsuit against Joseph Zada for defrauding on an 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. Fedorov won the suit, but has been unable to collect on the judgment from Zada.
    In 2001–02 season, Fedorov played with a star-studded roster that included newcomers Dominik Hašek, Luc Robitaille, and Brett Hull, culminating with Fedorov winning his third Stanley Cup, where he led the Stanley Cup Finals again in points for a second time.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 playoffs, along with Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier. He also led the entire NHL in plus-minus in the 1990s with a +221.
  • 1997
    Age 27
    The $28 million Detroit paid Fedorov for 43 total games in 1997–98 is the largest single season amount paid to an NHL player.
    More Details Hide Details Fedorov led the playoffs in goals and helped the Red Wings win their second consecutive Stanley Cup that season.
    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 included $14 million for signing and $2 million for 21 regular season games, but the most controversial part of the deal was a $12 million bonus payable immediately if Fedorov's team reached 1998 conference finals – at the time, Detroit was already a Cup contender while Carolina was almost certain to miss the playoffs, so the clause was criticized for creating an unfair disadvantage for Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, the Red Wings did match the offer and paid the bonus.
  • 1996
    Age 26
    During the regular season, Fedorov had achieved the rare feat of scoring five goals in a single game, as he registered all of Detroit's goals in a 5–4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on December 26, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1990s, Head Coach Scotty Bowman compiled a line for Detroit nicknamed The Russian Five, also known as the "Red Army," after finding out that many Soviet teams frequently put their forwards and defensemen together on five-man units. The group included Fedorov (centre), Igor Larionov (right wing), Vyacheslav Kozlov (left wing), and Slava Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov (defense). Larionov mentioned the idea to Bowman and led the line through a spectacular display of prowess in which they played a two-minute shift at both ends of the ice, denying all attempts at defensive maneuvering. The "'Russian Five' dazzled opponents with their skill and skating ability" on the ice together and "became the Red Wings personality." The unit played an instrumental role during the Red Wings' success of that decade. During the 1997 playoffs, the Red Wings went when any of the Russians scored a point and when they did not, helping the team to win the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.
    The next season, Fedorov 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, leading the team playoff scoring with 20 points in 20 games.
    More Details Hide Details He led the Stanley Cup Finals in points and in goals for a second time. Goaltender Mike Vernon won the Conn Smythe Trophy, "but many hockey insiders believe that Sergei deserved that honor."
    Fedorov won another Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1996, after scoring 39 goals and 107 points in 78 games, while playing stellar defensively.
    More Details Hide Details He finished in the top five for Hart Trophy voting and led the team in scoring, and helped them win the Presidents' Trophy. That season, they set an NHL record for wins in a season (62). He also signed a four-year deal that season to become the first non-North American spokesman for Nike, in which he made the "white skates" famous. The skates were different due to their unique colors and design, and he promoted it through a series of commercials for Nike. Steve Yzerman, speaking to a reporter on Fedorov a few weeks after turning the tide on a January 30 game that season that ended in a 4–2 victory for the Red Wings over the Toronto Maple Leafs, said, "Sergei is a game-breaker for us anytime he's on the ice.... He's the most talented player I've ever seen."
  • 1994
    Age 24
    In the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season, Fedorov finished second on the Red Wings in points with 50 (20 goals and 30 assists) in 42 games.
    More Details Hide Details That season, in a game against Los Angeles on February 12, Fedorov scored all four 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 (seven goals and 17 assists). He also led the Stanley Cup Finals in goals and led the Red Wings in points.
    Fedorov was introduced to Gretzky by Paul Coffey during the 1994 NHL All-Star Game, which led to him staying over at his Los Angeles home with his family for two weeks that year.
    More Details Hide Details Playing in his second game after coming back from an injury, Steve Yzerman was asked about Fedorov's play during the season: "I've only seen two other players that can dominate a game like Sergei, and that's Wayne and Mario.... In my opinion, he's the best player in the League. He is different than Wayne and Mario because he dominates with his speed, and unbelievable one-on-one moves." Red Wings Head Coach Scotty Bowman was also asked in an interview during the season where he thought Fedorov ranked among the players and teams he has coached in his career: "He's right at the top. He's got the greatest leg strength I've seen in a player. His legs are phenomenal."
  • 1993
    Age 23
    During the 1993–94 season, being interviewed before his game, Gretzky was talking about a December 17 game between the Red Wings and New York Rangers, saying, "he had never seen a player dominate the game the way Sergei did."
    More Details Hide Details Later in the season, Gretzky also commented that he thought Fedorov was "the best player in the game at this point."
    During the 1993–94 season, Fedorov's outstanding play earned him the "oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey," the Hart Memorial Trophy (awarded to the NHL's most valuable player), the Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) and the Lester B. Pearson Award (awarded to the most outstanding player as selected by NHL players).
    More Details Hide Details He finished second in scoring behind the Los Angeles Kings' Wayne Gretzky with 56 goals and 120 points.
  • 1990
    Age 20
    The Soviet Union would repeat gold at the 1990 World Championships in Switzerland against Czechoslovakia, with Bure playing on Fedorov's wing.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1991 Canada Cup, the team representing the Soviet Union was missing most of its top stars due to severe political turmoil at home. Many players were declining to play for the team, and some were purposely left off the roster (such as Pavel Bure, Vladimir Konstantinov, etc.) for fears of defection. It was not known until weeks before the start of the tournament that they would even send a team. This was the final major senior event in which a team representing the Soviet Union (USSR) would play. Fedorov was asked to join the team (one year after defection), which he accepted to represent his country. Though the team finished in fifth place, he did help hold an undefeated Canada to a 3–3 tie in Quebec City in their last game, where a young Fedorov was paired against tournament MVP Wayne Gretzky.
    In 1990, while CSKA Moscow was in Portland for the Goodwill Games, Fedorov quietly slipped out of his hotel room and onto an airplane bound for Detroit, thus becoming one of multiple future NHL stars to have defected from the Soviet Union to play in the League.
    More Details Hide Details 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." Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman said his teammate was the "best skater I've ever seen."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 19
    Later that year, he made his senior debut with the Soviet national team as a 19-year-old at the 1989 World Championships in Sweden.
    More Details Hide Details He played with the full roster Soviet Union team that won the gold medal over Canada in their final game, and played along aside club teammates Mogilny and Vladimir Konstantinov. He also led the team in goals (6) and was second in points (9).
    The Bure-Fedorov-Mogilny line made its international debut at the 1989 World Junior Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.
    More Details Hide Details The top line of CSKA Moscow teammates combined for a total 38 points and led the Soviet Union over Canada for the gold medal. The combination of the three formed was promising for head coach Viktor Tikhonov, with expectations to replace the previous top Soviet line, the K-L-M combination of Vladimir Krutov, Larionov and Makarov.
    Fedorov was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, fourth round, 74th overall.
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  • 1988
    Age 18
    He played again with teammate Alexander Mogilny in the 1988 World Junior Championships, both made the tournament All-Star Team, finishing with a silver medal.
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  • 1987
    Age 17
    In the (U-20) 1987 World Junior Championships, Fedorov made his national team debut for the Soviet Union.
    More Details Hide Details The Soviet team was ejected (as well Canada) for their part in the infamous punch-up in Piestany bench-clearing brawl during the final game. The fight is famous for officials having turned off the arena lights in a desperate attempt at ending the 20 minute melee.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on December 13, 1969.
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