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Alexander Olegovich Burmistrov (Russian: Александр Олегович Бурмистров, [ɐlʲɪˈksandr bʊrˈmʲistrəf]; born 21 October 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise as well as the Arizona Coyotes, before leaving the NHL after a short stint with the Vancouver Canucks.

Alexander Burmistrov
Alexander Burmistrov (Александр Бурмистров) (26082335080).jpg
Burmistrov with the Jets in 2016
Born (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 27)
Kazan, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Ak Bars Kazan
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Arizona Coyotes
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2010
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2008–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Burmistrov joined the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Barrie Colts after being selected 12th overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft.[1] He made his debut in North America on 17 September 2009 against the Owen Sound Attack, recording his first career OHL goal in his debut.[1]

ProfessionalEdit

Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg JetsEdit

Having been drafted into the NHL by the Atlanta Thrashers eighth overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, on 8 October 2010, Burmistrov made his NHL debut with Atlanta in a game against the Washington Capitals. On 29 October, in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, he scored his first career NHL goal. He then engaged in his first career NHL fight on 11 December against John Tavares of the New York Islanders.[2]

During the 2011–12 season, Burmistrov would score 13 goals with 15 assists during for the newly relocated Winnipeg Jets. At the onset of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Burmistrov was assigned to Winnipeg's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, where he would record 2 goals and 9 assists (11 points) in 22 games before being recalled to Winnipeg for the start of the shortened 2012–13 season.

Ak Bars KazanEdit

At season's end, Burmistrov became a restricted free agent and subsequently signed a two-year contract with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He explained in interviews that his departure from the NHL was motivated by dissatisfaction with his role under Jets head coach Claude Noël as well as bitterness over being assigned to the AHL rather than being allowed to pursue a more lucrative offer in Russia during the NHL lockout.[3]

Return to WinnipegEdit

On 1 July 2015, the opening day of the NHL free agency period, Burmistrov signed a two-year contract to return to Winnipeg.[4]

Arizona CoyotesEdit

In a disappointing start to the 2016–17 season in which he scored only 2 points in 23 games with Winnipeg, Burmistrov was placed on waivers on 1 January 2017 and subsequently claimed by the Arizona Coyotes.[5] He recorded 5 goals and 14 points in 26 games with the Coyotes.

Vancouver Canucks and NHL retirementEdit

On 1 July 2017, as a free agent, Burmistrov signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[6] He was used in a limited role and received minimal playing time with the Canucks. On 24 December 2017, his agent, Dan Milstein, released a statement on Twitter that stated Burmistrov had "retired from the NHL" and that an announcement on his future was forthcoming. The wording of Milstein's tweet has fueled speculation that Burmistrov would return to the KHL once his retirement paperwork with the NHL was completed.[7]

Return to KHLEdit

Three days after his retirement tweet was sent out, Burmistrov returned to the KHL, signing with former club Ak Bars Kazan.[8] In joining Ak Bars through the push for the playoffs in the 2017–18 season, Burmistrov added depth to the offence, contributing with 6 points in 10 games. He made 17 playoff appearances and scored 3 points to help Ak Bars claim the Gagarin Cup.[9]

On 6 June 2018, Burmistrov signed a two-year contract extension with Ak Bars.[10] During the 2018–19 season, Burmistrov struggled to gain his offensive touch, registering just 5 points in 27 games for the defending champions before he was traded to Salavat Yulaev Ufa in exchange for three prospects on December 1, 2018.[11]

International playEdit

 
Burmistrov with Team Russia
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Russia
World Championships
  2014 Minsk
  2016 Russia
World U18 Championships
  2009 United States

Burmistrov represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan. He was named to the Russian senior team for competition at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Ak Bars-2 Kazan RUS-3 27 2 4 6 16
2007–08 Ak Bars-2 Kazan RUS-3 14 21 35
2008–09 Ak Bars-2 Kazan RUS-3 41 28 30 58 68
2008–09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 62 22 43 65 49 17 8 8 16 22
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 74 6 14 20 27
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 76 13 15 28 42
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 22 2 9 11 24
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 44 4 6 10 14
2013–14 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 54 10 28 38 32 6 0 2 2 9
2014–15 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 53 10 16 26 40 17 1 3 4 8
2015–16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 81 7 14 21 32
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 23 0 2 2 6
2016–17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 26 5 9 14 6
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 24 2 4 6 12
2017–18 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 10 2 4 6 12 17 1 2 3 18
2018–19 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 27 3 2 5 12
2018–19 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 28 2 7 9 16 15 1 3 4 29
KHL totals 173 27 57 84 112 55 3 10 13 64
NHL totals 348 37 64 101 139

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC18   7 4 7 11 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 3 1 4 6
2014 Russia WC   10 1 0 1 4
2016 Russia WC   9 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 13 7 8 15 12
Senior totals 19 1 1 2 8

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
KHL
Gagarin Cup (Ak Bars Kazan) 2018 [9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Team Roster". Barrie Colts. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ The Hockey News, Volume 64, Number 14, 17 January 2011, Publisher: Caroline Andrews, Transcontinental Media
  3. ^ "Alex Burmistrov bitter that Olli Jokinen got more ice time with Winnipeg Jets". Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Jets, Bumistrov agree on two-year contract". National Hockey League. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  5. ^ Clinton, Jared. "Update: Jets' Burmistrov picked up off waivers by Coyotes | The Hockey News". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Canucks take a flyer on Alexander Burmistrov on a one-year deal". Vancouver Sun. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Alex Burmistrov is retiring: agent". The Province. 24 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Alex Burmistrov sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL". The Province. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Ak Bars wins the Gagarin Cup". Kontinental Hockey League. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Ak Bars extend contract with Burmistrov" (in Russian). Ak Bars Kazan. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Salavat make trade with Ak Bars" (in Russian). Salavat Yulaev Ufa. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Rosters forming for Worlds". International Ice Hockey Federation. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evander Kane
Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Mark Scheifele