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Position Left/right wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Koolio
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
183 lb (83 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Born July 14 1986 (1986-07-14) (age 23),
Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pro Career 2005 – present

Nikolai Kulemin (born July 14, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kulemin was selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 44th overall pick.

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Playing career

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Toronto Maple Leafs

During the early stages of the 2008–09 NHL season, his first in the NHL, Kulemin found chemistry on a line with teammates Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski. Near the end of the season, after the trade of Leafs forward Nikolai Antropov, Kulemin was used mainly on a line with Grabovski and Alexei Ponikarovsky. In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 21, 2009, soon after the line was created, Kulemin posted a career-high three points (one goal and two assists) in a 5-2 Toronto win. It has been noted that Ponikarovsky, a Ukrainian, has helped Kulemin become more comfortable in North America by translating and serving as a mentor on and off the ice.

Kulemin's first NHL goal occurred in his first NHL game, against the Detroit Red Wings, on goaltender Chris Osgood, in Toronto's 2008–09 season opener on October 9, 2008. The goal ended up as the game winner in a 3-2 Leafs win.

Toronto Marlies

On January 7, 2009, Kulemin was sent down to the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League (AHL) farm club, the Toronto Marlies, where he has again been called up for the remainder of the 2008–09 NHL season. He spent the beginning of the 2009-10 season, but was called up to replace Viktor Stalberg on the roster spot.

Contracts

On May 25, 2007, Kulemin signed a 3-year contract with the Maple Leafs, but stayed in Russia for the 2007–08 season on a handshake agreement between the two clubs.

Honours and awards

Individual awards

Team awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 31 5 8 13 8 11 2 4 6 6
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 54 27 12 39 42 15 10 1 11 10
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 57 21 12 33 63 11 2 2 4 29
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 15 16 31 18
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 73 15 16 31 18
RSL totals 142 53 32 85 113 37 14 7 21 45

International play

Played for Russia in:

International statistics

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Russia WJC18 1 6 0 2 2 2
2006 Russia WJC 2 4 4 2 6 25
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 1 3 4 2
2007 Russia WC 3 9 2 1 3 0
Junior int'l totals 10 4 4 8 27
Senior int'l totals 16 3 4 7 2

External links

  • Metallurg Magnitogorsk Official Profile
  • RussianPropects Profile
  • Nikolai Kulemin's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Nikolai Kulemin's NHL player profile
  • Nikolai Kulemin - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
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