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Victor Vladimirovich Antipin (Russian: Виктор Владимирович Антипин; born 6 December 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Buffalo Sabres. He is the son of Vladimir Antipin.

Victor Antipin
Viktor Antipin 2.JPG
Born (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 26)
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Buffalo Sabres
National team  Russia
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

Playing careerEdit

Antipin joined the youth team of Metallurg Magnitogorsk as a 16-year old in the 2008–09 season. He made his debut in the Kontinental Hockey League on the blueline with Magnitogorsk in the 2010–11 season, appearing in 2 games.[1]

After six seasons and two Gagarin Cups with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, following the 2016–17 season, Antipin terminated his contract with the club in order to pursue his NHL ambitions on 1 May 2017.[2] He later signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on 25 May 2017.[3] Antipin recorded his first NHL point on 24 October 2017 against the Detroit Red Wings.[4] Antipin missed 13 games in January due to an illness.[5] On 31 March 2018 Antipin was hit by Nashville Predators forward Scott Hartnell, suffering a concussion and broken nose from the hit.[6][7] He was ruled out indefinitely for the rest of the season.[8]

As a restricted free agent, Antipin was not qualified by the Sabres due to his falling on the depth chart.[9] On July 2, 2018, Antipin opted to return to former club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, agreeing to a three-year contract.[10]

International playEdit

Antipin played the 2009 World Junior A Challenge where he won the bronze medal with the Russian U18 team. He later played for Russian U18 national team in the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships where the team finished in fourth place. Antipin played for the silver medal-winning Russian U20 national team in the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and later played for Russian men's national team in 2015, 2016 and 2017 world championships.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Stalnye Lisy MHL 39 2 9 11 22 5 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Stalnye Lisy MHL 44 4 10 14 68 17 4 2 6 8
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Stalnye Lisy MHL 40 6 19 25 18 11 2 4 6 0
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 50 10 11 21 8 7 1 2 3 0
2013–14 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 45 9 8 17 16 21 4 5 9 25
2014–15 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 54 5 16 21 4 10 2 5 7 0
2015–16 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 56 6 9 15 8 23 3 4 7 8
2016–17 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 59 6 18 24 8 18 7 4 11 2
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 0 10 10 18
2018–19 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 55 11 16 27 8 6 0 3 3 4
KHL totals 321 47 78 125 52 85 17 23 40 39
NHL totals 47 0 10 10 18
Medal record
Representing   Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2015 Czech Republic
  2016 Russia
  2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
  2012 Canada

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Russia WJC18 4th 7 1 1 2 6
2012 Russia WJC   7 0 2 2 2
2015 Russia WC   10 0 3 3 2
2016 Russia WC   6 0 1 1 6
2017 Russia WC   10 0 4 4 0
Junior totals 14 1 3 4 8
Senior totals 26 0 8 8 8

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
MHL
All-Star Game 2011
KHL
All-Star Game 2013
Gagarin Cup 2014, 2016 [11]
Gentleman Award 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Na krásu se nehraje. Dvacítka proti Rusům nezklamala, mistry světa ale neporazila". Hokej.cz. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Jan Mursak in Torpedo and other transactions" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Sabres sign defenseman Antipin". Buffalo Sabres. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ VanGilder, Rachel (24 October 2017). "Sabres shut out struggling Red Wings". woodtv.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018. Antipin's assist was the first point of his career.
  5. ^ LaBarber, Jourdon (23 January 2018). "Antipin returns to lineup for Sabres in Edmonton". NHL.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ John Vogl; Mike Harrington (2 April 2018). "Sabres Notebook: Players feel for Antipin; Eichel named NHL Third Star". Toronto. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Sabres D Victor Antipin has concussion, broken nose". ESPN.com. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Sabres' Victor Antipin out indefinitely with concussion, broken nose following hit". Buffalo News. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Sabres will not extend offers to Wilson, Antipin". Buffalo Sabres. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Metallurg signs a contract with Viktor Antipin" (in Russian). Metallurg Magnitogorsk. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Magnitogorsk wins 2nd Gagarin Cup in 3 years". rt.com. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.

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