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Denis Aleksandrovich Shvidki (born November 21, 1980) is a Ukrainian-Russian former professional ice hockey right wing who played 76 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Florida Panthers. He was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the Panthers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Denis Shvidki
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Born (1980-11-21) November 21, 1980 (age 38)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Florida Panthers
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
Amur Khabarovsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
Kärpät
Krefeld Pinguine
Hannover Scorpions
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1999
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1996–2014

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, he played in the 1994 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Kharkiv.[1]

After playing two seasons with the Russian Superleague's Torpedo Yaroslavl, Shvidki made his North American debut with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League in the 1998–99 season. After two seasons with the Colts, he joined the Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Louisville Panthers, in the 2000–01 season. He also appeared in 43 NHL games with the Panthers that season, scoring six goals and adding ten assists.[citation needed]

After three more seasons split between Florida and its minor league affiliates, Shvidki returned to Russia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and has played there since. Shvidki was reported to transfer to Kärpät Oulu (Finland) in October 2009 for the rest of the season, however after one month try-out, Shvidki was released.[citation needed]

Shvidki played a single season in 2012–13, his third in the DEL, with the Hannover Scorpions before signing a one-year contract with 2nd Bundesliga club, Heilbronner Falken on May 21, 2013.[2] He was released by the club before appearing with the Falken's and completed his professional career in the lower Russian league.

In mid 2015, Shvidki joined the Florida Jr. Panthers hockey club and is still coaching under that organization as of end of the 2016–17 season.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Torpedo Yaroslavl RSL 17 3 2 5 6
1997–98 Torpedo Yaroslavl RSL 15 1 1 2 2
1998–99 Barrie Colts OHL 61 35 59 94 8 12 7 9 16 2
1999–00 Barrie Colts OHL 61 41 65 106 55 9 3 1 4 2
2000–01 Louisville Panthers AHL 34 15 11 26 20
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 43 6 10 16 16
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 8 1 2 3 2
2001–02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 8 2 4 6 2
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 23 4 2 6 12
2002–03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 54 8 18 26 28
2003–04 San Antonio Rampage AHL 77 15 39 54 30
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 53 7 11 18 24 4 0 0 0 8
2005–06 Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 25 1 5 6 6 2 0 1 1 0
2006–07 Amur Khabarovsk RSL 32 6 5 11 32
2007–08 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 35 7 9 16 24
2008–09 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 37 3 4 7 22
2009–10 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 4 0 2 2 2
2009–10 HC Yugra VHL 12 2 3 5 6 10 1 2 3 4
2010–11 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 32 1 7 8 14 8 2 3 5 12
2011–12 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 49 4 9 13 30
2012–13 Hannover Scorpions DEL 21 2 2 4 10
2013–14 Titan Klin VHL 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 HC Csíkszereda MOL 11 7 3 10 2
RSL totals 177 25 33 58 94 6 0 1 1 8
NHL totals 76 11 14 25 30
Medal record
Representing   Russia
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  1999 Canada
  1998 Finland
  2000 Sweden

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Russia EJC18 4th 5 1 1 2 2
1998 Russia EJC18   6 2 9 11 31
1998 Russia WJC   7 0 1 1 6
1999 Russia WJC   7 1 4 5 0
2000 Russia WJC   7 2 2 4 0
Junior totals 32 6 17 23 39

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. ^ "The squad of the Falcons continues to grow" (in German). Heilbronner Falken. 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Canadian All-Stars 11, Planet USA All-Stars 10". American Hockey League. 2001-01-15. Retrieved 2019-02-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Brown
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Stephen Weiss