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Dmitri Vladimirovich Kalinin (Russian: Дмитрий Владимирович Калинин; born July 22, 1980) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Dmitri Kalinin
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Born (1980-07-22) July 22, 1980 (age 39)
Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, URS
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Buffalo Sabres
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
SKA Saint Petersburg
Spartak Moscow
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1998
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1995–present

Playing careerEdit

He was drafted by the Sabres 18th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He had an injury plagued 2005–06 season, but did not miss a game in the 2006–07 season. He scored the NHL's first goal in the 2006–07 season, at 9:09 of the first period in the season opener at the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kalinin became an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2008 and two days later signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.

On March 4, 2009, Kalinin was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes along with Petr Průcha and Nigel Dawes for Derek Morris.[1] On July 21, 2009, Kalinin signed a two-year contract with the Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[2]

Kalinin was named a member of Russia's hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kalinin had a successful two seasons with Salavat before signing with SKA St. Petersburg. He continued his success in the KHL with SKA and gained recognition as one of the most feared defensemen in the KHL. He won KHL Defenseman of the Month multiple times, was 2nd in KHL defensemen scoring in the 2011–12 season. Prior to the beginning of the 2012–13 season, he was named St. Petersburg's captain, after being a major factor in his team's Gagarin Cup victory the season before. His only season as captain was a success in returning SKA to the playoffs.

On July 2, 2016 Kalinin signed a one-year contract with Spartak Moscow.[3] Kalinin remained with Spartak for three years, captaining the club in the 2018–19 season, with 11 points in 50 games from the blueline.

On May 6, 2019, Kalinin as a free agent continued his career by returning to hometown club, Traktor Chelyabinsk, on a one-year contract.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Traktor Chelyabinsk II RUS.2 20 0 3 3 10
1996–97 Traktor Chelyabinsk RSL 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Traktor Chelyabinsk II RUS.3 20 0 0 0 10
1997–98 Traktor Chelyabinsk RSL 26 0 2 2 24
1998–99 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 39 7 18 25 44 4 1 1 2 0
1998–99 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 1 1 14 7 0 0 0 6
1999–2000 Rochester Americans AHL 75 2 19 21 52 21 2 9 11 8
1999–2000 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 4 18 22 38 13 0 2 2 4
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 2 11 13 26
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 8 13 21 57
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 10 24 34 42
2004–05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 48 2 8 10 14 5 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 2 16 18 54 8 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 7 22 29 36 16 2 3 5 14
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 1 7 8 32
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 58 1 12 13 26
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 1 3 4 6
2009–10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 53 12 10 22 32 15 2 3 5 58
2010–11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 45 3 6 9 26 18 0 4 4 6
2011–12 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 52 15 20 35 14 13 5 5 10 6
2012–13 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 48 5 23 28 26 11 0 6 6 2
2013–14 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 51 10 14 24 28 6 0 3 3 4
2014–15 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 54 6 8 14 30 11 0 1 1 6
2015–16 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 44 5 4 9 43 2 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Spartak Moscow KHL 45 7 5 12 45
2017–18 Spartak Moscow KHL 55 5 16 21 28 3 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Spartak Moscow KHL 50 2 9 11 14 6 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 539 36 126 162 321 37 2 7 9 20
KHL totals 497 70 115 185 286 85 8 22 30 86

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Russia EJC   6 0 2 2 6
2002 Russia WC   9 0 1 1 4
2003 Russia WC 5th 7 1 0 1 4
2004 Russia WC 10th 6 0 1 1 2
2004 Russia WCH 5th 3 0 0 0 0
2005 Russia WC   9 0 0 0 0
2008 Russia WC   9 1 2 3 4
2009 Russia WC   9 2 3 5 4
2010 Russia OG 6th 4 1 1 2 0
2010 Russia WC   9 0 1 1 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 9 0 3 3 4
2012 Russia WC   5 1 3 4 25
Senior totals 79 6 15 21 47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rangers trade for Antropov, Morris". ESPN.com. 2009-03-04.
  2. ^ Дмитрий Калинин стал игроком «Салавата Юлаева» Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Дмитрий Калинин - в "Спартаке"" (in Russian). Spartak Moscow. 2016-07-02. Archived from the original on 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  4. ^ "Dmitri Kalinin returns home" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-06.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mika Noronen
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Barrett Heisten