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Nikolai Kulemin
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Born July 14, 1986 (1986-07-14) (age 32)
Magnitogorsk, USSR
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Left/right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team Template:Country data Russia
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–present

Nikolai Kulemin (born Nikolai Vladimirovich Kulemin on July 14, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 44th overall pick.

Playing CareerEdit

On May 25, 2007, Nikolai signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs, but he stayed in Russia for the 2007–08 season on a handshake agreement between the Maple Leafs and Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

During the early stages of the 2008–09 NHL season, his first in the NHL, Nikolai found chemistry on a line with teammates Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski.

Near the end of the season, after the trade of Leafs forward Nik Antropov, he was used mainly on a line with Grabovski and Alexei Ponikarovsky.

In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 21, 2009, soon after the line was created, Kulemin posted a career-high three points (one goal and two assists) in a 5–2 Toronto win.

It has been noted that Ponikarovsky (a Ukrainian) has helped Nikolai become more comfortable in North America by translating and serving as a mentor on and off the ice.

On October 9, 2008, Nikolai scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings, on goaltender Chris Osgood in Toronto's 2008–09 season opener. The goal ended up as the game winner in a 3–2 Leafs win.

With the departure of teammate Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins, he currently has the most games played on the Maple Leafs active roster.

Nikolai was also selected as a reserve by Team Russia for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.

On July 2, 2010, he signed a 2 year-year contract worth $2.35M per year.

On April 5, 2011, Nikolai became the first Russian-born Toronto Maple Leaf to score 30 goals in a season since Alexander Mogilny scored 33 in 2002-2003.

Nikolai (along with Mats Sundin, Phil Kessel and Mogilny) are the only Leafs to score 30 or more since the 1999-2000 NHL season.

Following this season (which was a personal best), hedropped to 7 goals over 70 games in the 2011-12 NHL season.

On July 20, 2012, Nikolai was resigned to another two-year contract, worth $2.8M per year.

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Nikolai returned to the Metallurg Magnitogorsk where he scored 38 points in 36 games. After the lockout, he returned to Toronto.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-3 438182691
2004–05 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-2 439132244
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 3158138 112466
2005–06 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-2 43146
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 5427123942 151011110
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 5721123363 1122429
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7315163118
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 50000
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7816203616
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8230275726
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70721286
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 3614243826
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 487162322 70110
NHL totals 3517510017588 70110
RSL totals 142533285113 371472145

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Russia WJC18 Template:Gold1 6 0 2 2 2
2006 Russia WJC Template:Silver2 4 4 2 6 25
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 1 3 4 2
2007 Russia WC Template:Bronze3 9 2 1 3 0
2010 Russia Oly QF 0 - - - -
2010 Russia WC Template:Silver2 9 3 2 5 25
2011 Russia WC 4th 9 1 0 1 2
2012 Russia WC Template:Gold1 10 1 3 4 0
Junior int'l totals 10 4 4 8 27
Senior int'l totals 44 8 9 17 29

Awards & AchievementsEdit

Individual Awards

  • Russian Super League MVP (2007)

Team Awards

  • Tampere Cup (2006)
  • Česká Pojišťovna Cup (2006)
  • Karjala Cup (2006)
  • Channel One Cup (2006)
  • Russian Super League championship (2007)

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data Russia Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2012 Helsinki
Silver 2010 Germany
Bronze 2007 Russia
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2004 Belarus

Personal LifeEdit

Nikolai is married with two children: a son named Alexei (born on March 20, 2009) and a daughter named Danielle (born on February 10, 2012).