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Sergei Gonchar
Sergei Gonchar
(gohn-CHAR, SAIR-gay)
Number: 55
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 13, 1974
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Acquired: Signed by the Penguins as a free agent on Aug. 3, 2005
Drafted: WSH / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (14th overall)
2007-08:  Again confirmed status as one of NHL’s elite defensemen. Finished second in scoring among league defensemen for second straight year with 65 points (12+53) and tied for second among defensemen in playoffs with 14 points (1+13). … Finished fourth in voting for Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defenseman behind Nicklas Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf and Zdeno Chara … Has scored at least 50 points in eight straight seasons, tops among active defensemen … Recorded 600th NHL point Feb. 21 vs. Montreal and played 900th career game March 27 vs. NY Islanders … Ranked eighth in NHL in average ice time (22:55) and ranked second on team in blocked shots (124) … Had two five-game point streaks and 14 multiple point games … Played in his fourth NHL All-Star Game … Tied playoff career high with three assists in Game 2 vs. Philadelphia and assisted on triple-overtime game-winner in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit.

NHL CAREER: Since 2000, leads all NHL defensemen with 111 goals and is second only to Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom in points (442-431) … 13-year veteran broke in with Washington in 1994-95 and played 10 seasons with Caps from 1994-2004 … Played in Stanley Cup Finals with Caps in 1998 … Established career highs with 26 goals in 2001-02 and 67 points in 2002-03 … Was named Second Team NHL All-Star in 2001-02 and 2002-03 … Traded to Boston late in 2003-04 season and played 15 games with Bruins before signing as free agent with Penguins in 2005 … Set career high with 54 assists and tied career mark with 67 points in 2006-07 … 67 points were most by Penguins defenseman since Larry Murphy had 73 in 1993-94 … Entering this season, had scored 169 points in last 168 games with Penguins (31+138).

INTERNATIONAL: Won two Olympic medals with Russia – silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. … Also represented Russia in two World Championships (2000 and 2007), two World Cups (1996, 2005), one World Junior Championship (1993) and one European Junior Championship (1992) … Has seven points in eight career World Cup games, tallying seven points (3+4) … Played with Magnitogorsk in Russian league during 2004-05 lockout, recording 19 points (2+17) in 40 games… Was Magnitogorsk teammate of Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora ... Played three seasons in Russian league from 1991-94, one for Traktor Chelyabinsk and two for Dynamo Moscow, before coming to North America.

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