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Position Defence
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Zubie
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Dallas Stars
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality RUS
Born July 22 1970 (1970-07-22) (age 39),
Moscow, RUS
NHL Draft 85th overall, 1990
New York Rangers
Pro Career 1988 – present

Sergei Ivanovich Zubov (Russian: Сергей Иванович Зубов) (born July 22, 1970, in Moscow, USSR) is a defenseman for the Dallas Stars of the NHL. He also played for the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Playing career

He is considered one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL today. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He has also won two Stanley Cups, one with the New York Rangers in 1994, and the other with Dallas in 1999. In 1992, Zubov won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, playing for the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Zubov was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Prior to this, he played for the Red Army's hockey team, CSKA Moscow, in Russia. He continued to play for the Red Army until 1992, after the fall of the USSR. Although Sergei spent some of his rookie season with New York's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers, he played forty-nine games as a rookie for the Rangers, scoring 31 points, considered then to be above-average for a defenceman. Zubov's high-scoring ways continued, as he scored 12 goals and earned 77 assists during the 1993-94 season, and contributed 19 points to the Rangers' playoff campaign.

Zubov continued to play well for the Rangers, but on August 31, 1995, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Petr Nedved for Ulf Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille. Zubov only spent one season in Pittsburgh, as he was traded to the Dallas Stars on June 22, 1996 for Kevin Hatcher.

Although Zubov had never again reached the scoring height of his 93-94 season with the Rangers, due to a combination of Dallas's more conservative system and decreased scoring in general, he has earned all three of his trips to the All-Star game with the Stars. He never has again reached an 80+ point total, but he is currently the only active defenceman to have 10 consecutive years of 40+ point seasons.

As with many offensive defencemen, Zubov's attempts to score sometimes cause a scoring chance for the opposition. However, in the "New NHL" rules instituted as of the 2005-06 season, Zubov's offensive style has prospered. Not only can he dance, with the puck, around forwards, but he also has a powerful shot that he uses from the point that often leads to goals. He is also known for his ability to freeze the goalie up in breakaways and shootouts.

Zubov has always played a solid game, but for years went under the radar and did not garner any nominations for the NHL awards. However, in the 2005-06 regular season, Zubov posted 71 points for his highest outing in over a decade - and also received his first Norris Trophy nomination.

Awards & Achievements

  • NHL All-Star in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2006
  • 2006 Norris Trophy finalist
  • Stanley Cup winner in 1994 and 1999

Career statistics

Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 49 8 23 31 -1 4
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 78 12 77 89 +20 39
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 38 10 26 36 -2 18
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 11 55 66 +28 22
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 78 13 30 43 +19 24
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 73 10 47 57 +16 16
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 81 10 41 51 +9 20
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 77 9 33 42 -2 18
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 79 10 41 51 +22 24
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 80 12 32 44 -4 22
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 82 11 44 55 +21 26
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 77 7 35 42 0 4
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 78 13 58 71 +20 46
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 78 12 42 54 0 26
NHL totals 1012 148 584 732 +146 325

See also

External links

  • Sergei Zubov's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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