Evgeni Malkin Named to the Russian Olympic Team
|During the 2010 Vancouver Games, Evgeni Malkin led Team Russia with six points (3G-3A).
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was named to the Russian Olympic Team today – the third time in his career that he has represented his native country at the highest level internationally.
Malkin, whose 44 points (11G-33A) rank ninth (tied) in the NHL, has averaged a league-best 1.70 points per game since Nov. 1. During that span, he ranks sixth (tied) among NHL players with 34 points (8G-25A) despite missing 11 games.
The 44 points Malkin has amassed thus far are the most of any Russian player in the NHL, one more than Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
During the 2010 Vancouver Games, Malkin led Team Russia with six points (3G-3A). He participated in his first Olympics as a 19 year old at the 2006 Turino Games, finishing with six points (2G-4A) in seven contests.
This will be Malkin’s first time suiting up for Team Russia since his outstanding performance in the 2012 World Championships when he led his team to a gold medal.
In that tournament, Malkin set the Team Russia record for points at the World Championships with 19 (11G-8A). He was named the tournament’s MVP, Top Forward and he was voted one of Russia’s ‘Top Three Players’ by the media.
Malkin has made five World Championship appearances for the Russians, winning a gold medal, silver medal and two bronze medals. He was named to the tournament All-Star Team in 2007, ’10 and ’12.
As an amateur, Malkin played in three straight World Junior Championships for the Russians between 2004-06, winning silver medals in each of his last two appearances. He was the MVP and Top Forward at the ’06 WJC.
Malkin also skated in two World Under-18 Championships, winning a gold medal in ’04 and a bronze in ’03.