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Russia Andrei Nazarov

a.k.a. "Andrei Viktorovich Nazarov"

#44 Houston Aeros / AHL - 05/06

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Andrei Nazarov Facts

Date of Birth
Position
LW
Age
49
Height
6'5" / 195 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
229 lbs / 104 kg
Nation
Shoots
R
Status
Retired
Highlights
1-time U18 EJC Bronze Medal 1

The Chelyabinsk native was picked 10th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft as a power forward. Not soon after, Nazarov moved to North America, which suited his style more than in the skill-dominated Russian league. Nazarov did not become an NHL regular right away and he had to spend a few seasons splitting his time between San Jose and Kansas City. But once Nazarov established himself as an NHL player, his presence was certainly felt all throughout the league. He developed into perhaps the best Russian enforcer the NHL has seen. Never shy to give his opinion, or drop his gloves, he was also no stranger to the penalty box. Nazarov played a pure Canadian game, and the Russians were proud to have someone in the league who did not fit the typical "Euro-soft" player stereotype.
In 2004, he returned to Russia where he played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Avangard Omsk. On and off-ice incidents, however, forced him back to North America where he skated three more games.
His retirement came shortly after claims from Nazarov that a large number of NHL players use performance-enhancing drugs. Realizing the consequences of his comments, he accepted his fate and retired.

Internationally, he represented Russia in 1998 World championship. After retirement he became succesful coach, both on club and international level. His hot-tempered personality is still present and Nazarov had several conflicts even as a coach.

Team Staff profile of Andrei Nazarov also available
The KHL is catching up with the NHL, including in the area of refereeing, Andrei Nazarov 2013
The fans must understand that what happens on the ice must stay on the ice. It's hockey culture that none of us have,unfortunately, mastered, Andrei Nazarov 2011
As far as I know, 99 per cent of the enforcers are on steroids. It has always been a problem for the young heavyweights, Andrei Nazarov 2006

Andrei Nazarov Statistics

S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1990-91 Mechel Chelyabinsk Soviet2 2* 0* 0* 0* 0* -* |
1991-92 Dynamo Moskva Soviet 2* 1* 0* 1* 2* -* |
Dynamo Moskva-2 Soviet3 40* 13* 6* 19* 47* -* |
Russia U18 EJC-18 6* 3* 1* 4* 12* -* |
1992-93 Dynamo Moskva Russia 42* 8* 2* 10* 79* -* | Playoffs 10 1 1 2 8 -
Dynamo Moskva-2 Russia2 1* 0* 0* 0* 0* -* |
1993-94 Dynamo Moskva Russia 6* 2* 2* 4* 0* -* |
San Jose Sharks NHL 1* 0* 0* 0* 0* 0* |
Kansas City Blades IHL 71* 15* 18* 33* 64* -15* |
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 26* 3* 5* 8* 94* -1* | Playoffs 6 0 0 0 9 0
Kansas City Blades IHL 43* 15* 10* 25* 55* 3* |
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 42* 7* 7* 14* 62* -15* |
Kansas City Blades IHL 27* 4* 6* 10* 118* -4* | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 2 0
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 60* 12* 15* 27* 222* -4* |
Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3* 1* 2* 3* 4* -2* |
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 40* 1* 1* 2* 112* -4* |
Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14* 1* 1* 2* 58* -9* |
Russia WC 6* 1* 2* 3* 10* 2* |
Russia (all) International 6* 1* 2* 3* 10* -* |
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 26* 2* 0* 2* 43* -5* |
Calgary Flames NHL 36* 5* 9* 14* 30* -4* |
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 76* 10* 22* 32* 78* 3* |
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 16* 1* 0* 1* 29* -9* |
Boston Bruins NHL 63* 1* 4* 5* 200* -14* |
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 47* 0* 2* 2* 164* -2* |
Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30* 6* 3* 9* 51* 7* | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 2 0
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59* 3* 0* 3* 135* -9* |
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33* 1* 2* 3* 125* -7* |
2004-05 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Russia 9* 0* 0* 0* 20* -6* |
Avangard Omsk Russia 23* 0* 2* 2* 153* -5* | Playoffs 7 0 0 0 6 -1
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 2* 0* 0* 0* 6* -1* |
Houston Aeros AHL 1* 0* 0* 0* 0* 0* |

Andrei Nazarov Tournament Statistics

S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1991-92 Soviet Union U18 Phoenix Cup -* -* -* -* -* -* |
CIS U18 Viking Cup -* -* -* -* -* -* |
2004-05 Avangard Omsk ECC 3* 0* 0* 0* 0* 0* |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2006-07 Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia General Manager
2007-08 Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia Head Coach
2008-09 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL Head Coach
2009-10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL Head Coach
2010-11 Vityaz Chekhov KHL Head Coach Since 2010-10-11
2011-12 Vityaz Chekhov KHL Head Coach
2012-13 Severstal Cherepovets KHL Head Coach
2013-14 Donbass Donetsk KHL Head Coach
Ukraine WC D1A Head Coach
2014-15 Barys Astana KHL Head Coach
Kazakhstan WC D1A Head Coach
2015-16 SKA St. Petersburg KHL Head Coach Fired on 2015-10-16
Barys Astana KHL Head Coach Since 2015-10-20
Kazakhstan WC Head Coach
2016-17 Barys Astana KHL Head Coach Replaced by Eduard Zankovets on 07-09-2016
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL Head Coach Since 2016-10-29
Kazakhstan OGQ Head Coach
2017-18 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL Head Coach
2018-19 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL Head Coach Fired on 2018-12-26
2021-22 HK Sochi KHL Head Coach Replaced Yevgeni Stavrovsky on 2021-09-30
2022-23 HK Sochi KHL Head Coach Fired on 2022-10-24
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Andrei Nazarov Career Totals

League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 2 4* 1* 2* 3* 0.75* 4* -2* | 0 * * * * * *
ECC 1 3* 0* 0* 0* 0.00* 0* 0* | 0 * * * * * *
EJC-18 1 6* 3* 1* 4* 0.67* 12* -* | 0 * * * * * *
Phoenix Cup (Hlinka Gretzky Cup) 1 -* -* -* -* -* -* -* | 0 * * * * * *
IHL 3 141* 34* 34* 68* 0.48* 237* -16* | 1 2 0 * 0 * 0 * 0.00 * 2 * 0 *
International 1 6* 1* 2* 3* 0.50* 10* -* | 0 * * * * * *
NHL 12 571* 53* 71* 124* 0.22* 1 409* -74* | 2 9 0 * 0 * 0 * 0.00 * 11 * 0 *
Russia 3 80* 10* 6* 16* 0.20* 252* -11* | 2 17 1 * 1 * 2 * 0.12 * 14 * -1 *
Russia2 1 1* 0* 0* 0* 0.00* 0* -* | 0 * * * * * *
Soviet 1 2* 1* 0* 1* 0.50* 2* -* | 0 * * * * * *
Soviet2 1 2* 0* 0* 0* 0.00* 0* -* | 0 * * * * * *
Soviet3 1 40* 13* 6* 19* 0.48* 47* -* | 0 * * * * * *
Viking Cup 1 -* -* -* -* -* -* -* | 0 * * * * * *
WC 1 6* 1* 2* 3* 0.50* 10* 2* | 0 * * * * * *
* Some data is missing to provide a correct summary.

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Andrei Nazarov Biography and Trivia

Career transactions
- 1998-03-24 • Traded to Tampa Bay Lightning by San Jose Sharks with Florida's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Tampa Bay selected Vincent Lecavalier) in 1998 Entry Draft for Bryan Marchment, David Shaw and Tampa Bay's 1st round choice (later traded to Nashville - Nashville selected David Legwand) in 1998 Entry Draft
- 1999-01-19 • Traded to Calgary Flames by Tampa Bay Lightning for Michael Nylander
- 2000-09-26 • Traded to Anaheim Mighty Ducks by Calgary Flames with Calgary's 2nd round choice (later traded to Phoenix Coyotes - later traded back to Calgary - Calgary selected Andrei Taratukhin) in 2001 Entry Draft for Jordan Leopold
- 2000-11-18 • Traded to Boston Bruins by Anaheim Mighty Ducks with Patrick Traverse for Samuel Påhlsson
- 2002-01-25 • Traded to Phoenix Coyotes by Boston Bruins for Phoenix's 5th round choice (Peter Hamerlík) in 2002 Entry Draft
- 2004-09-25 • Signed as a free agent by Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Russia)
- 2004-11-00 • Signed as a free agent by Avangard Omsk (Russia)
- 2005-08-01 • Signed as a free agent by Minnesota Wild
- 2006-07-14 • Officially announced retirement

Spent majority of 2003-04 and 2005-06 as a healthy reserve.

He has been nicknamed "The Russian Bear", and in his coaching career, "The Russian Keenan".

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