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RUSLAN SALEI  Belarus

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BIRTHYEAR 1974-11-02 BIRTHPLACEMinsk, BLR
AGE NATION Belarus
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 188 cm / 6'2" WEIGHT 93 kg / 205 lbs
NHL DRAFT 1996 round 1 #9 overall by Anaheim Ducks
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A primarily defensive defenseman, Salei also had some offensive ability, including a hard slapshot and good passing game. He played a tough game and didn't mind dishing it out in the corners and in front of the net.

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1992-93 Dinamo Minsk Russia 9 1 0110 |            
  Tivali Minsk Belarus 11 2 026 |            
 1993-94 Tivali Minsk Russia 39 2 3550 |            
  Tivali Minsk Belarus 16 1 2320 |            
  Belarus WC C 6 1 2310 |            
 1994-95 Tivali Minsk Russia 51 4 2644 |            
  Tivali Minsk Belarus 10 3 582 |            
  Belarus WC C 4 0 114 |            
 1995-96 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 76 7 2330123 42 | Playoffs 15 3 71018
 1996-97 Anaheim Ducks NHL 30 0 1137 -8 |            
  Baltimore Bandits AHL 12 1 4512 -1 |            
  Las Vegas Thunder IHL 8 0 2224 2 | Playoffs 3 2 136 -2 
 1997-98 Anaheim Ducks NHL 66 5 101570 7 |            
  Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 6 3 6914 1 |            
  Belarus  OG 7 1 014 |            
  Belarus WC 2 1 018 |            
 1998-99 Anaheim Ducks NHL 74 2 141665 1 | Playoffs 3 0 004 -4 
 1999-00 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 5 51094 3 |            
  Belarus WC 6 0 116 -6 |            
 2000-01 Anaheim Ducks NHL 50 1 5670 -14 |            
  Belarus WC 6 0 1131 -1 |            
 2001-02 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 4 71197 -10 |            
  Belarus OG 6 2 134 -6 |            
 2002-03 Anaheim Ducks NHL 61 4 81278 2 | Playoffs 21 2 3526
 2003-04 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 4 1115110 -1 |            
  Belarus WC D1 5 3 472 0 |            
 2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 35 8 122036 15 | Playoffs 3 0 002 -1 
  Belarus OGQ 2 1 012 -1 |            
 2005-06 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 1 1819114 17 | Playoffs 16 3 2518 10 
 2006-07 Florida Panthers  NHL 82 6 2632102 -13 |            
 2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 65 3 202375 -5 |            
  Colorado Avalanche NHL 16 3 4723 1 | Playoffs 10 1 454
  Belarus  WC 5 0 226 3 |            
 2008-09 Colorado Avalanche  NHL 70 4 172172 -4 |            
  Belarus  WC 6 2 356 -1 |            
 2009-10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 14 1 5610 -1 | Playoffs 1 0 000
  Belarus  OG 4 1 010 2 |            
  Belarus  WC 6 1 128 -1 |            
 2010-11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 2 81048 0 | Playoffs 11 1 010



CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 18 4 10 14 0.78 26  |    
  Belarus: 37 6 7 13 0.35 28  |    
  IHL: 84 7 25 32 0.38 147  44  | 18 5 8 13 0.72 24 
  NHL: 916 45 159 204 0.22 1065  -25  | 62 7 9 16 0.26 52  15 
  OG: 17 4 1 5 0.29 -4  |    
  OGQ: 2 1 0 1 0.50 -1  |    
  Russia: 134 15 17 32 0.24 140  15  | 3 0 0 0 0.00 -1 
  WC: 31 4 8 12 0.39 65  -6  |    
  WC C: 10 1 3 4 0.40 14  |    
  WC D1: 5 3 4 7 1.40 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1992-1993 Belarus Champion
1993-1994 Belarus Champion
1994-1995 Belarus Champion
2002-2003 Belarus Player of the Year
2003-2004 Belarus Player of the Year
  World Championship (D1|A) Gold Medal
  World Championship (D1|A) Most Points by Defenseman (7)
2007-2008 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2009-2010 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2013-2014 IIHF Hall of Fame
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Belarus Champion 92/93, 93/94, 94/95
- Belarus Player of the Year 02/03, 03/04
- IIHF Hall of Fame 13/14
- World Championship (D1|A) Gold Medal 03/04
- World Championship (D1|A) Most Points by Defenseman 03/04
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 09/10, 07/08



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
07/05/2011 Confirmed Detroit Red Wings Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
08/09/2010 Confirmed Colorado Avalanche Detroit Red Wings


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
Number 24 retired by Belarus
Number 24 retired by Yunost Minsk
Cult/Star player for Ak Bars Kazan
Cult/Star player for Baltimore Bandits
Cult/Star player for Anaheim Ducks
Cult/Star player for Belarus
 
Ruslan was killed in the plane crash of September 7, 2011 that claimed the lives of several members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL team.

Career transactions
- 2011-07-05 • Signed to a one-year contract by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
- 2010-08-09 • Signed to a one-year contract by the Detroit Red Wings
- 2008-02-26 • Traded to the Colorado Avalanche for Karlis Skrastins & a 2008 3rd round pick (Adam Comrie)
- 2006-07-02 • Signed to a four-year contract by the Florida Panthers
- 2005-09-07 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- 2004-10-20 • Signed to a lockout contract by Ak Bars Kazan
- 2004-06-29 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- 2002-08-06 • Re-signed to a two-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- 1999-09-04 • Re-signed to a three-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim