Nikolay Kulemin
Born 14 July 1986 (1986-07-14) (age 34)
Magnitogorsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team Template:Country data RUS
NHL Draft 44th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–present

Nikolay Kulemin (born Nikolay Vladimirovich Kulemin on July 14, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player who currently plays with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

On May 25, 2007, Nikolay 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 his first season in the NHL, he 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, Nikolay 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, he 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 Nikolay become more comfortable in North America by translating and serving as a mentor on and off the ice

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

He was 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 two-year contract worth $2.35M per year.

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

Nikolay (along with Mats Sundin, Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Mogilny and Auston Matthews) are the only Leafs to score 30 or more since the 1999–2000 NHL season.

Following this season (which was a personal best), he dropped to 7 goals over 70 games in the 2011–12 NHL season. He was re-signed by Toronto on July 20, 2012, to another two-year contract, worth $2.8M per year.

During the NHL lockout in the 2012–13 NHL season, Nikolay returned to the Metallurg Magnitogorsk, where he scored 38 points in 36 games. Upon the lockout ending, he returned to Toronto. He was selected to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Russian National team on home soil.

On July 2, 2014, Nikolay left the Maple Leafs after six seasons to sign a four-year free agent contract with the New York Islanders.

On April 25, 2015, he scored the final NHL game-winning goal at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-3 43 8 18 26 91
2004–05 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-2 43 9 13 22 44
2005–06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 31 5 8 13 8 11 2 4 6 6
2005–06 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk RUS-2 4 3 1 4 6
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 54 27 12 39 42 15 10 1 11 10
2007–08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 57 21 12 33 63 11 2 2 4 29
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 15 16 31 18
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 16 20 36 16
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 30 27 57 26
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 7 21 28 6
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 36 14 24 38 26
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 7 16 23 22 7 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 9 11 20 24
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 82 15 16 31 21 7 1 1 2 2
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 81 9 13 22 22 11 1 3 4 2
2016–17 New York Islanders NHL 72 12 11 23 18
NHL totals 656 120 151 271 173 25 2 5 7 4
RSL totals 142 53 32 85 113 37 14 7 21 45
Medal record
Competitor for Template:RUS
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2007 Russia
Silver 2010 Germany
Gold 2012 Finland
Gold 2014 Belarus
Silver 2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2004 Belarus

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result 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
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
2014 Russia Oly QF 5 0 0 0 2
2014 Russia WC Template:Gold1 10 3 4 7 2
Junior totals 10 4 4 8 27
Senior totals 59 11 13 24 33

Accolades[edit | edit source]

Individual

  • Russian Super League MVP: 2007

Team

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

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Nikolay and his wife, Natasha reside on Long Island, New York and have two children: a son named Aleks (born in March of 2009) and a daughter (born in February of 2012).

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