Andrei Nazarov a.k.a. "Andrei Viktorovich Nazarov"
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Height6'5" / 195 cm
Weight229 lbs / 104 kg
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.
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|1993-94||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||||
|1997-98||San Jose Sharks||NHL||40||1||1||2||112||-4||||
|Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||14||1||1||2||58||-9||||
|1998-99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||26||2||0||2||43||-5||||
|2000-01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||16||1||0||1||29||-9||||
|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|
|2016-17||Barys Astana||KHL||Head Coach||Replaced by Eduard Zankovets on 07-09-2016|
|Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||KHL||Head Coach||Since 2016-10-29|
|2017-18||Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||KHL||Head Coach|
|2018-19||Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||KHL||Head Coach|
|09/06/2016||Andrei Nazarov, maniac coach, fired again in KHL||sports.yahoo.com|
|07/07/2015||Ex-NHL goon now KHL coach punches out team doctor, may face charges||si.com|
|09/17/2014||KHL coach Nazarov goes nuts, flips off refs and fans||thehockeynews.com|
|08/01/2014||Former NHLer Andrei Nazarov To Coach Kazakhstan National Team||thehockeyhouse.net|
|03/05/2013||Russian coach Andrei Nazarov petitions KHL to have referees go easy on the penalties in th||edmontonjournal.com|
|11/08/2011||Not so jolly hockey sticks! Russian coach attacks fans who bombarded him with cigarette li||dailymail.co.uk|
|03/26/2010||Where Are They Today: Andrei Nazarov||fearthefin.com|
|07/25/2006||Former enforcer slams NHL's drug policy||cbc.ca|
- 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".