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Andrei Markov
Born 20 December 1978 (1978-12-20) (age 42)
Voskresensk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Ak Bars Kazan
Khimik Voskresensk
Dynamo Moscow
Montreal Canadiens
Vityaz Chekhov
National team Template:Country data RUS
NHL Draft 162nd overall, 1998
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1995–present

Andrei Markov (born on Andrei Viktorovich Markov on December 20, 1978) is a Russian-Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

He formerly played from 2000 to 2017 with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing Career[]

Andrei was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round (162nd overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

After being considered one of the best defencemen in Russia in 2000, he came over to North America and split time with the Canadiens and their then-minor league affiliate, the Quebec Citadelles of the American Hockey League (AHL).

After rounding out his defensive game, he has become a regular in the Canadiens' starting line-up and is widely considered to be their most complete defenceman.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Andrei played in his native Russia with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague (RSL).

On May 28, 2007, he signed a four-year contract with the Canadiens, keeping him with the team through the 2010–11 season. He had a career year in the 2007–08 season, and was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game as a starter, in Atlanta.

On October 1, 2009, Andrei suffered a lacerated ankle injury after colliding with teammate Carey Price's skate and was initially expected to be out of the Canadiens' lineup until February 2010.

Andrei made a full recovery almost two months ahead of schedule and returned to action on December 19, 2009, when the Canadiens faced the New York Islanders. He ended up jump-starting the Habs' offence with two goals in his return en route to a 3–0 victory.

During the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 30, 2010, Andrei suffered a leg injury after being hit by Matt Cooke. On July 16, 2010, he became a Canadian citizen.

During the 2010–11 season, Andrei played only seven games, earning three points (one goal and two assists).

On November 13, 2010, he suffered a knee injury in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes and underwent surgery 8 December 2010, missing the remainder of the season.

On June 23, 2011, he signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens.

On 10 March 2012, Andrei played in his first game in over a year, tallying an assist in a 4–1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. On June 23, 2014, he re-signed with the Canadiens to a three-year contract worth an annual average value of $5.75 million.

On September 15, 2014, Andrei was named an alternate captain for the Canadiens (along with P.K. Subban, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty), sharing the leadership duties of a Canadiens squad currently without a team captain.

On September 18, 2015, it was announced that Andrei and Brendan Gallagher would serve as alternate captains for Max Pacioretty.

On July 26, 2017, it was announced that Andrei would not be returning to Montreal Canadiens for the 2017-2018 season after spending his entire NHL career with the team and playing 990 games over 16 years.

Two days later, on 28 July 28, 2017, it was announced that Markov had agreed to a two-year deal with the KHL's Ak Bars Kazan. Andrei's team would go on to win the Gagarin Cup in his first season in the KHL.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Khimik Voskresensk IHL 38 0 0 0 14  —  —  —  —  —
1996–97 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 43 8 4 12 32 2 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 43 10 5 15 83  —  —  —  —  —
1998–99 Dynamo Moscow RSL 38 10 11 21 32 16 3 6 9 6
1999–00 Dynamo Moscow RSL 29 11 12 23 28 17 4 3 7 8
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 14 0 5 5 4 7 1 1 2 2
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 6 17 23 18  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 12 4 6 10 7  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 5 19 24 24 12 1 3 4 8
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 13 24 37 34  —  —  —  —  —
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 6 22 28 20 11 1 4 5 8
2004–05 Dynamo Moscow RSL 42 7 16 23 76 10 2 0 2 22
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 10 36 46 74 6 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 6 43 49 56  —  —  —  —  —
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 16 42 58 63 12 1 3 4 8
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 12 52 64 36  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 6 28 34 32 8 0 4 4 0
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 1 2 3 4  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 0 3 3 4  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 21 1 5 6 16  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 10 20 30 14 5 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 7 36 43 34 17 1 9 10 38
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 10 40 50 38 12 1 1 2 8
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 6 39 44 38  —  —  —  —  —
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 6 30 36 16 6 0 1 1 10
2017–18 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 55 5 28 33 42 19 1 2 3 12
2018–19 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 49 2 12 14 20 4 0 0 0 6
RSL totals 195 46 48 94 223 45 10 10 20 36
NHL totals 990 119 453 572 505 89 5 27 32 56
KHL totals 125 8 46 54 78 23 1 2 3 18

International[]

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data RUS Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2008 Canada
Bronze 2007 Russia
Bronze 2005 Austria
World Junior Championships
Silver 1998 Finland
Bronze 1997 Switzerland
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Russia EJC Template:Gold1 5 0 0 0 0
1997 Russia WJC Template:Bronze3 6 0 1 1 2
1998 Russia WJC Template:Silver2 7 3 2 5 6
1999 Russia WC 5th 6 1 4 5 2
2000 Russia WC 11th 6 0 2 2 0
2004 Russia WCH 5th 2 0 1 1 2
2005 Russia WC Template:Bronze3 9 1 4 5 20
2006 Russia Oly 4th 8 1 2 3 6
2007 Russia WC Template:Bronze3 8 3 5 8 2
2008 Russia WC Template:Gold1 6 0 2 2 4
2010 Russia Oly 6th 4 0 2 2 0
2014 Russia Oly 5th 5 0 2 2 0
2016 Russia WCH 4th 4 0 0 0 6
Junior totals 18 3 3 6 8
Senior totals 58 6 24 30 42

Accolades[]

Award Year
NHL
All-Star Game 2008, 2009
KHL
All-Star Game 2013, 2018
Gagarin Cup (Ak Bars Kazan) 2018

Personal Life[]

Andrei holds both Russian and Canadian citizenship.