Andrei Markov (ice hockey)
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Andrei Viktorovich Markov (Russian: Андрей Викторович Марков; born December 20, 1978 in Woskressensk, Russian SFSR ) is a Russian ice hockey player with a Canadian passport, which is since 2000 in the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League contract.
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Andrei Markov gained his first experience in the sport of ice hockey with his hometown club Chimik Woskressensk and went through there the youth department. As of 1995, the Russian was first used in the professional squad and took the team in the 1995/96 season in the game operation of the International Hockey League in part. In the following two seasons, the defensive player for Chimik Woskressensk ran in the Russian Super League on the ice. During this time he was a particular success with the team denied, so the team did not come out on the first round in the playoffs. NHL Entry Draft 1998, he was selected in the sixth round at 162 position of the Montreal Canadiens. Following is Markov decided to leave the club and accepted an offer of HK Dynamo Moscow, where he was active under head coach Sinetula Bilyaletdinov. In the following two seasons, the Russian showed for the first time on his offensive potential and recorded each 30 points scorer. In the season 1999/2000 Markov played an excellent season, when he won the Russian championship with Dynamo Moscow, elected to the All-Star team in the league and was named most valuable player of the season.
In response, the Montreal Canadiens decided needs to leave the defender for the season 2000/ 01 to North America. He Got Game practice at the Quebec citadels, the farm team of the Canadiens, who played for the Russian in the American Hockey League. He completed 14 matches for citadels and on first attempt the jump to the National Hockey League. In the same season Markov stood in 63 NHL games for the Canadiens on the ice and scored 23 points. During the 2001/ 02 season he played again in the farm team. The defender played twelve games and scored ten points. In the same year he completed 68 games for the Canadiens. He continued his performance from last year and became an integral part of the Canadiens. In the 2004/ 05 lockout season, he returned to Dynamo Moscow and won with the team for the second time in his career the Russian Championship.
Even after his return to the Canadiens, the Russian has always been one of the best players of the team. His consistent performances were honored in May 2007 with a contract extension for four years worth about 23 million U.S. dollars. During the 2007/ 08 season Markow was first nominated for the NHL All-Star Game. For the discharged in January 2008 event was the Russian inclusion in the starting lineup of the Eastern Conference and formed a Abwehrduo with Zdeno Chára. Also for the NHL All-Star Game in 2009 the defender was chosen by the fans in the starting lineup of the Eastern Conference, and ran together with his teammates Alexei Kovalev, Mike Komisarek and Carey Price on the ice.
The 2008/09 season ended with a record of 64 Markov scorer points from 78 matches and scored thus for the second time in his career more than 50 points in a season. Early October 2009, the defender suffered in a collision with goalie Carey Price an ankle injury that left him out of action for about 2 ½ months from the game. In July 2010, the defender Canadian citizenship was officially awarded. Also during the season 2010/11 the Russian was not spared of injury and injured on November 13, 2010 in the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on his right knee, so that the season was over for the defender after only seven missions. Markov had to undergo an operation in repairing his meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament were reconstructed.
Due to the NHL lockout played Markov October 2012 to January 2013 for Vityaz Chekhov of the Kontinental Hockey League. After the end of the lockout, he returned to the Canadiens, scoring in the shortened NHL season 2012/13 of 30 points in 48 games, including 23 in outnumbered situations. With eight power play goals Markov further submitted all the defenders in the league.
Markov represented his country in both the junior and senior level internationally.
For the first time played the defending champion at the Junior World Championship in 1997, where he won the bronze medal with the team. A year later, he ran on well at the Junior World Championship in 1998. There, Russia won the silver medal and Markov was also appointed to the All- Star team of the tournament.
For the selection of seniors Markov Sbornaja first appeared in the 1999 World Cup in appearance. There the Russians remained without a medal but just like in the World Cup in 2000. During the World Cup in their own country the ambitious team grossly disappointed and ended selbige on the eleventh. After the great disappointment it took five years to the World Cup in 2005, before Markov took back for his country in an international tournament. The team secured the bronze medal there, as well as in the World Cup 2007. Markov recorded in eight tournament games eight points scorer. This earned him the next election to the All- Star team and the appointment of the best defenders in the competition. A year later, the defender finally celebrated the biggest international success of Russia since the early 1990s, when he was in Canada won the gold medal at the 2008 World Championship. Furthermore, the Russians stood in the squad at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and Vancouver 2010.
Awards and achievements
- 2000 Champion of Russia with the HK Dynamo Moscow
- 2000 Most Valuable Player of the Super League
- 2000 Super League All- Star team
- 2005 Champion of Russia with the HK Dynamo Moscow
- 2005 Super League All- Star team
- 2008 NHL All-Star Game
- 2009 NHL All-Star Game
- 2007 bronze medal at the World Championships
- 2007 Best defender of the world championship
- 2007 All - Star Team of the World Cup
- 2008 Gold medal at the World Championships
Represented Russia at:
- World Youth Championship 1997
- Junior World Cup 1998
- 1999 World Cup
- World Cup 2000
- World Cup of Hockey 2004
- World Championship 2005
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2007
- World Championship 2008
- 2010 Winter Olympics
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )