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Samvel Mnatsyan (5 March 1990 – 6 October 2019) was a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for Barys Astana, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Admiral Vladivostok.[1]

Samvel Mnatsyan
Born (1990-03-05)5 March 1990
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 6 October 2019(2019-10-06) (aged 29)
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Kladno
Arlan Kokshetau
Barys Astana
Nomad Astana
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Admiral Vladivostok
Playing career 2010–2018


Mnatsyan began his career with his hometown team Avangard Omsk, playing in their junior and secondary teams but never managed to play for the senior team. After spending a season with Omskie Yastreby of the Junior Hockey League, Mnatsyan moved to the Czech Republic and played with HC Kladno in the Czech Extraliga during the 2010–11 Czech Extraliga season. He played seven games for the team and scored no points.[2]

He moved to Kazakhstan to join Arlan Kokshetau of the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship in 2011, and the following year, signed with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2013, Mnatsyan joined HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and stayed for two seasons alongside spells in the Supreme Hockey League for Molot-Prikamye Perm and Neftyanik Almetyevsk. On 25 June 2015, Mnatsyan signed with Admiral Vladivostok.[3]

After three seasons with Admiral Vladivostok, Mnatsyan left following the 2017–18 campaign, signing as a free agent to a two-year contract with HC Sibir Novosibirsk on 26 May 2018.[4] Mnatsyan however was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately never played for the team. He died of cancer on 6 October 2019.[5]


  1. ^ "Players - Mnatsyan Samvel : Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)". October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "HC Kladno 2010-11 roster and statistics". October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Трансферные новости 24-25 июня" (in Russian). October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Mnatsyan replenishes defense" (in Russian). HC Sibir Novosibirsk. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Умер хоккеист «Сибири» Самвел Мнацян". Рамблер/спорт (in Russian). Retrieved October 6, 2019.

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