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Vitali Mikhailovich Yeremeyev (Russian: Вита́лий Миха́йлович Ереме́ев; born September 23, 1975) is a Kazakhstani former professional ice hockey goaltender who last played with Barys Astana in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He made 4 appearances in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers.

Vitali Yeremeyev
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Born (1975-09-23) September 23, 1975 (age 43)
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg; 11 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
CSKA Moscow
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Dynamo Moscow
New York Rangers
Barys Astana
National team  Kazakhstan
NHL Draft 209th overall, 1994
New York Rangers
Playing career 1993–2014

Playing careerEdit

Yeremeyev was drafted the 9th round (209th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers after his third season with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk in which he won the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship's award for best goalie. He then played three seasons with CSKA Moscow, posting an incredible 1.66 GAA in 25 games during 1995-96. He bounced around the leagued a bit for the next few seasons, playing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and CSKA Moscow before landing with Dynamo Moscow.

In 2000, he powered the club to a league title, posting a 1.24 GAA in 26 games during the regular season, and a stunning 1.27 GAA during the playoffs. The next year, he got a shot at the National Hockey League with the Rangers, but was unable to replicate his performance and returned to Russia with Dynamo Moscow.

In 2004-05, he won the Russian Superleague title again with Moscow, as well as the league’s award for best goalie. Impressively, he managed to post an even better GAA in this season’s playoff effort, starting 10 games and averaging just .90 goals against per game. He played another five years with Dynamo Moscow, until he was traded to Barys Astana in 2010.

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Kazakhstan
Asian Games
  2011 Astana-Almaty Ice hockey

Yeremeyev has competed for Kazakhstan more times than any other goalie in the country's history by far.[1] In the 1994 World Championships, he was Evgeni Nabokov's teammate for the three years with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk as well as the lone international competition that Nabokov represented Kazakhstan. He has competed at two Olympics as well as 10 World Championships.

Yeremeyev's top international performance came at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he carried an upstart Kazakhstan team all the way to the quarterfinals where Team Canada beat them 4–1.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Yeremeyev with Barys Astana in 2011.

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 4 0 212 16 0 4.52 .884
2000–01 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 36 16 15 3 1977 98 2 2.97 .903
2008–09 Dynamo Moscow KHL 32 21 9 2 1859 69 2 2.23 .904
2009–10 Dynamo Moscow KHL 33 16 11 2 1770 70 4 2.37 .920
2010–11 Barys Astana KHL 35 15 15 4 2035 78 2 2.30 .927
2011–12 Barys Astana KHL 32 15 11 2 1703 70 2 2.47 .925
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 23 12 7 2 1249 64 2 3.07 .897
NHL totals 4 0 4 0 212 16 0 4.52 .884
AHL totals 36 16 15 3 1,977 98 2 2.97 .903
KHL totals 155 79 53 12 8616 351 12 2.44 .917

Awards and achievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ty Dilello (August 16, 2012). "Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan: NHL Goalie Hotbed". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Vitali Yeremeyev Asks Off Team Kazakhstan". March 7, 2006. Retrieved September 15, 2013.

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