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Vitali Aleksandrovich Yachmenev (born January 8, 1975) is a Russian former professional ice hockey left wing. He was drafted in the third round, 59th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Vitali Yachmenev
Vitali Yachmenev - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Yachmenev as a member of the Los Angeles Kings
Born (1975-01-08) January 8, 1975 (age 44)
Chelyabinsk, URS
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Nashville Predators
Amur Khabarovsk
Ak Bars Kazan
Avangard Omsk
Moscow Dynamo
Traktor Chelyabinsk
NHL Draft 59th overall, 1994
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1995–2013

Playing careerEdit

Drafted from the Ontario Hockey League's North Bay Centennials, Yachmenev made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut during 1995–96 season with the Kings, appearing in 80 games and scoring 19 goals. After two full seasons and part of a third with the Kings, Yachmenev was traded to the Nashville Predators before the 1998–99 season, the team's inaugural season. He played five full seasons with the Predators before returning to Russia. He has played in the Russian Hockey Super League since 2003–04, and joined team, HC Dynamo Moscow, in 2007–08. In 2008-09, he was team captain of Dynamo Moscow in the KHL. Two years later, in 2010-11, Vitali played with his hometown with Traktor Chelyabinsk. It would prove to be his last year in the KHL.

In his last two seasons, Yachmenev played for Rubin Tyumen in the Supreme Hockey League. In his NHL career, he appeared in 487 games, tallying 83 goals and 133 assists.

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Mechel Chelyabinsk CIS.2 14 5 1 6 0
1992–93 Mechel Chelyabinsk RUS.2 46 24 13 37 10
1993–94 North Bay Centennials OHL 66 61 52 113 18 18 13 19 32 12
1993–94 North Bay Centennials MC 3 1 3 4 2
1994–95 North Bay Centennials OHL 59 53 52 105 8 6 1 8 9 2
1994–95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 4 1 0 1 0
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 19 34 53 16
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 10 22 32 10
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 59 23 28 51 14 17 8 9 17 4
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 55 7 10 17 10
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 16 7 6 13 0
1999–2000 Nashville Predators NHL 68 16 16 32 18
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 78 15 19 34 10
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 75 11 16 27 14
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 62 5 15 20 12
2003–04 Amur Khabarovsk RSL 57 11 14 25 14
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 54 6 7 13 10
2005–06 Avangard Omsk RSL 47 2 6 8 30 13 2 1 3 2
2006–07 Avangard Omsk RSL 53 10 16 26 16 5 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Dynamo Moscow RSL 56 12 19 31 16 6 3 4 7 0
2008–09 Dynamo Moscow KHL 47 8 14 22 12 10 1 3 4 0
2009–10 Dynamo Moscow KHL 36 3 9 12 14 4 2 1 3 6
2010–11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 43 4 12 16 16
2011–12 Rubin Tyumen RUS.2 33 5 7 12 18 19 3 6 9 4
2012–13 Rubin Tyumen RUS.2 50 11 12 23 24 12 2 2 4 6
NHL totals 487 83 133 216 94
RSL totals 267 41 62 103 86 24 5 6 11 2
KHL totals 126 15 35 50 42 14 3 4 7 6

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Russia EJC   6 2 5 7 2
1995 Russia WJC   7 3 4 7 2
Junior totals 13 5 9 14 4

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jeff O'Neill
Winner of the Emms Family Award
1993–94
Succeeded by
Bryan Berard
Preceded by
Jeff Friesen
CHL Rookie of the Year
1993–94
Succeeded by
Bryan Berard
Preceded by
Jason Allison
Winner of the William Hanley Trophy
1994–95
Succeeded by
Jeff Williams