Sergei Sergeyevich Shirokov (Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Широков, Russian pronunciation: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ʂɨˈrokəf]; born 10 March 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger currently with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Prior to signing with Vancouver in 2009, Shirokov played with CSKA Moscow for four seasons in the Russian Superleague and Kontinental Hockey League. He returned to CSKA Moscow in 2011 after two years with the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose.
Shirokov at the 2012 IIHF World Championship
10 March 1986|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
SKA Saint Petersburg
163rd overall, 2006|
Shirokov first played in the Russian Hockey First League (RUS-3) with HC CSKA Moscow's second-tier team in 2001. He spent several seasons at that level and debuted with CSKA's senior team in the Russian Superleague in 2004–05, going pointless in eight games. The following season, he recorded 14 points playing 39 games in the Superleague. Shirokov was then selected 163rd overall in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. The sixth round draft pick was acquired by the Canucks in a trade with the Florida Panthers.
Though selected by an NHL team, Shirokov continued to play in Russia for HC CSKA Moscow and recorded a team-best and career-high 40 points in 56 games for CSKA, who competed in the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2008–09. He then turned down a tax-free $500,000 contract to stay in the KHL. Instead, Shirokov defected to North America and signed with the Canucks to a two-year, two-way US$1.75 million contract on 17 August 2009. The deal allowed him to make an annual US$875,000 at the NHL level or C$67,500 in the minor leagues.
Shirokov made an immediate impression in his first training camp with the Canucks, but suffered a minor setback during the pre-season, missing a week with an injured knee. He recovered in time for the end of the pre-season to lead the team in exhibition scoring with seven points in four games. As a result, Shirokov earned a roster spot for the start of the 2009–10 season, beating out fellow Canucks prospects Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner.
Shirokov made his NHL debut on 1 October against the Calgary Flames, starting the season on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson, as well as the first power-play unit. However, after going pointless in his first three games before becoming a healthy scratch, he was sent down to the Canucks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manitoba Moose on 8 October. Shirokov scored his first AHL goal in his Moose debut the next day against Drew MacIntyre of the Chicago Wolves, also adding an assist in a 4–1 win. After scoring 10 points in his first 10 games with the Moose, Shirokov was re-called by the Canucks on 25 October after an injury to forward Kyle Wellwood, but was returned to the AHL after three games on 30 October in favour of centre Mario Bliznak. On 30 December, Shirokov was chosen to Team PlanetUSA for the 2010 AHL All-Star Game. At the time of the selection, he was leading the Moose in scoring with 11 goals and 23 points through 33 games. He finished his first campaign in North America with 22 goals and 45 points over 76 games. Among AHL rookies, Shirokov was ninth in points and tied for third in goals. He added two assists in six playoff games as the Moose were eliminated by the Hamilton Bulldogs in the opening round.
Shirokov started the 2010–11 season with the Moose. After a slow start, he was leading the Moose in scoring with 33 points in 39 games, including a team record 12-game point streak, when he was recalled by the Canucks on 17 January 2011. In his first game back in the NHL the following day, Shirokov scored his first NHL goal against Craig Anderson in a 4–3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche. After two games, he was sent back to the Moose on 23 January. Shirokov was selected as the Moose representative for the 2011 AHL All-Star Game, the second year in a row he would be at the game. He went on to complete the season with a team-leading 22 goals, 36 assists and 58 points in 76 games. As the Moose advanced to the second round of the 2011 playoffs, he led the team in scoring with 7 goals, while adding 3 assists for 10 points over 14 games.
In the off-season Shirokov signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Then on 9 July 2011, Vancouver traded his rights to the Florida Panthers for the rights to forward Mike Duco. In his first year upon returning to CSKA Moscow, he finished eighth in KHL point scoring and was named to the 2012 KHL All-Star Game. The following season, Shirokov participated in the 2013 KHL All-Star Game. On 5 November 2013, CSKA Moscow traded Shirokov to Avangard Omsk along with Maxim Goncharov in exchange for Alexander Frolov and Stanislav Egorsheva. On 19 December 2015 in exchange for Anton Burdasov and Peter Khokhryakov, he has joined SKA Saint Petersburg.
After spending the most part of three seasons in SKA Saint Petersburg, Shirokov returned to Avangard as a free agent, securing a two-year deal on May 30, 2018.
Shirokov made his international debut with Russia at the 2003 U-18 Junior World Cup, earning a silver medal while contributing four points in five games. He continued to play with the national under-18 team, helping Russia to the best records at the 2003 Four Nations and 2004 Five Nations Tournaments. At the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships, he helped Russia to another gold medal in Minsk, Belarus, defeating the United States 3–2 in the final. Shirokov contributed two goals in six games.
Shirokov made the jump to the Russia's under-20 team in September 2004, posting the second-best record with Russia at the Four Nations Tournament. Several months later, he made his first of two appearance at the World Junior Championships. In 2005 he scored eight points in six games at the top under-20 tournament in Grand Forks, North Dakota, helping Russia to a silver medal finish, losing in the final to Canada. In April 2005, Russia hosted the Big Prize Tournament in St. Petersburg, where Shirokov recorded an assist in two games as Russia posted the best record.
The next hockey season, Shirokov competed in the under-20 Four Nations Tournament in September 2005, where Russia finished with the worst record of the tournament. A couple months later, he helped Russia to the best record at the Four Nations Tournament in November. At the 2006 World Junior Championships in British Columbia, Shirokov helped Russia to a second consecutive silver medal, losing once again to Canada in the final. He scored five points in six games.
Shirokov was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian teams at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and 2014 IIHF World Championship tournaments, scoring a combined five goals and seven assists between the two events. He scored a goal and an assist in the gold-medal match against Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He won a silver medal the following year at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Czech Republic. He is a member of the Olympic Athletes from Russia team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2001–02||CSKA Moscow 2||RUS 3||18||2||3||5||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||CSKA Moscow 2||RUS 3||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||CSKA Moscow 2||RUS 3||66||39||41||80||66||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||CSKA Moscow 2||RUS 3||25||16||13||29||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||17||1||9||10||8||15||2||1||3||16|
|2016–17||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||42||11||12||23||18||16||2||8||10||18|
|2017–18||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||49||19||22||41||16||9||1||3||4||0|
- All statistics taken from NHL.com
- All statistics taken from Eliteprospects.com
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
- "Sergei Shirokov player profile". National Hockey League. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- TSN.ca (2006). "Canucks Trade Bertuzzi for Luongo". TSN.ca. Retrieved 24 June 2006.
- "CSKA Statistics 2008–09 Season" (in Russian). KHL. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- Kuzma, Ben (19 August 2010). "Year in Manitoba was good for Shirokov". The Province. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Canucks sign winger Shirokov". The Globe and Mail. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
- "Shifty Shirokov out with knee injury". The Province. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "Shirokov finds home with Canucks". Canada.com. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- MacIntyre, Iain (28 September 2009). "Shirokov earned his spot on Canucks". Vancouver Sun. Vancouver. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Shirokov's impressive pre-season puts him in a power-play position". Vancouver Sun. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- "Talented forward Shirokov gets chance to shine with Moose". Winnipeg Free Press. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
- "Shirokov serves notice". Winnipeg Free Press. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
- "Moose winger recalled by Canucks". Winnipeg Sun. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
- "Wellwood suffers broken toe in Canucks' victory". The Sports Network. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
- "Shirokov heading back to Moose". Winnipeg Free Press. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
- "Schneider handed all-star snub". Winnipeg Free Press. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- "Top Scorers: 2009-10 Regular Season - Rookies". American Hockey League. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- "Shirokov streak rolls on". Winnipeg Free Press. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Canucks recall Shirokov". canucks.com. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- Sadowski, Rick (19 January 2011). "Jones scores in OT as Avs edge Canucks". NHL.com. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- Vancouver Canucks (23 January 2011). "canucks recall Lee Sweatt". Canucks.com. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Jamieson, Jim (12 January 2011). "Shirokov's star is rising". The Province. Vancouver. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "2010-11 Manitoba Moose (AHL)". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
- "Shirokov again with us!" (in Russian). CSKA Moscow. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "Canucks Acquire the Rights of F Duco from Panthers". TSN. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "Kontinental Hockey League - Official website - Rosters completed". Kontinental Hockey League. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "KHL 2011-12 League Leaders at hockeydb.com". HockeyDB. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "KHL All-Star Game rosters announced - Eurohockey.com". Eurohockey. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Shirokov did not feel comfortable at CSKA - hockey agent" (in Russian). R-Sport. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Форвард "Авангарда" Широков перешел в СКА в обмен на Бурдасова и Хохрякова" (in Russian). Gazeta.ru. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "Olympic champion Shirokov returns to Omsk" (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "2003 U-18 Junior World Cup". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "2003 U18 Four Nations Tournament". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "2004 U18 Five Nations Tournament". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "2004 U20 Four Nations Tournament". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "2005 Big Prize Tournament". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "52 Sergei Shirokov player profile". Manitoba Moose. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "2005 U20 Four Nations Tournament". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "2005 U20 Four Nations Tournament". RussianProspects.com. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- "Team Russia statistics, 2012 IIHF World Championship Tournament" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Team Russia statistics, 2014 IIHF World Championship Tournament" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Russia-Finland gold medal game recap - 2014 WM - International Ice Hockey Federation". IIHF. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "2014 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Match, Game Summary" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Gold Medal Match, Game Summary" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- NHL.com (2009). "Sergei Shirokov's NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
- Eliteprospects (2015). "Sergei Shirokov's Eliteprospects Profile". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 SKA St. Petersburg 5". Kontinental Hockey League. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
- "Shirokov off to AHL all-star game - Winnipeg Free Press". Winnipeg Free Press. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2013.