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Position Defence
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) A-train, Russian Bear
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
235 lb (107 kg)
NHL Team Ottawa Senators
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Born February 25 1982 (1982-02-25) (age 27),
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
NHL Draft 21st Overall, 2000
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 2002 – present


Anton Alekseyevich Volchenkov (born February 25, 1982), also known as the "A-train" and the "Russian Bear", is a Russian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1st round as the 21st overall selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. In 2002, he came back to North America and played the entire season with Ottawa. He is known for his fearless attitude towards other players and the puck, and is generally considered to be amongst the toughest players in the league. In his early days playing in Europe, he played goaltender; however, his coach instructed him to play defence, which may help explain why he led the NHL in blocked shots in 2006–07 by a large margin. He is consistently amongst the top shot blockers and hitters.

NHL career

Since his first stint in Ottawa, he has become a regular in the Senators' starting line-up. As a "stay-at-home" defenceman, he is known primarily for his blocked shots and massive hits. He also played in the 2006 Olympic Games for the Russian national ice hockey team and is now considered to be among Ottawa's top two defenders, along with Chris Phillips.

On April 9, 2007, Volchenkov announced he would be staying with the Senators, signing a three year deal. Ottawa General Manager John Muckler said, “Anton has been one of our top defencemen all season.

He is usually paired with fellow stay at home defenceman Chris Phillips. Volchenkov was voted #5 best defensive defenceman by the Hockey News in June 2007. With the defensive help of Volchenkov and Phillips, the Senators made their 2007 Stanley Cup run to the finals in three five game series, where they were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks in another five game series. Volchenkov also led the league in shots blocked during these playoffs.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for
Russia
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2001 Finland Team competition
Gold 2009 IIHF World Championship 2009 Switzerland Team competition

In the early days of his hockey career, he captained the 2001 Russian World Junior Hockey team to a championship in which he scored the winning goal against Team Canada, catching the attention of many pro scouts.

Volchenkov has also played for team Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics,in the 2008 IIHF World Championship and in the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Injuries

In a game vs. Boston,on December 8, 2003 he suffered a shoulder injury and took the majority of the 2003–04 season to recover.

In a regular season game against the Nashville Predators on November 29, 2007 he suffered a broken finger in an attempt to block a shot. He would come back after missing 15 games.

In the 2008 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Volchenkov fell in front of the net and was struck in the face by a puck, suffering a laceration. He returned the following game, and finished the series with one assist, one penalty and one shot in four games.

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Krylja Sovetov RSL 47 4 15 19 48 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 57 3 13 16 40 17 1 1 2 4
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 19 1 2 3 8 5 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 81 10 35 45 62 6 0 3 3 0
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 75 4 13 17 53 9 0 4 4 8
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 1 18 19 67 20 2 4 6 24
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 67 1 14 15 55 4 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 2 8 10 36 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 364 12 68 80 259 55 3 10 16 44

References

External links

  • Ottawa Senators.com - Career Notes
  • Anton Volchenkov's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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