Ilya Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Илья Владимирович Никулин; born 12 March 1982 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Nikulin was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round, 31st overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
12 March 1982|
Moscow, Russian SFSR,
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)|
Ak Bars Kazan
31st overall, 2000|
Later that year, Nikulin began his professional career in the Russian Superleague (RSL) with Dynamo Moscow. He played with Dynamo for five seasons. In 2005, he joined Ak Bars Kazan. His five-year contract with Kazan included allowing him to leave for the NHL. However, after negotiations in 2008 and 2009, Nikulin did not sign a contract with the Thrashers.
Nikulin has played for Team Russia. He competed at the 1999 under-18 Championship, earned a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship, a bronze at the 2007 World Championship, a silver at the 2010 World Championship and a gold at the 2008, 2009 and 2012 IIHF World Championships. He was selected to the 2010 Russian Olympic team.
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