17 Facts About Aleksander Barkov


Aleksander Aleksandrovich "Sasha" Barkov is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League .

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Aleksander Barkov was selected by the Panthers in the first round, second overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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Aleksander Barkov is the son of former Russian hockey player Alexander Barkov Sr.

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Aleksander Barkov was born and raised in Tampere, Finland, where his father was playing for Tappara of the Finnish SM-Liiga at the time.

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Aleksander Barkov joined Tappara's junior system and started his professional career with the club in the Finnish Elite League.

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Aleksander Barkov made his debut in SM-liiga with Tappara on 1 October 2011 and became the youngest player in the league to score a point, with his assist on a goal by Kalle Kaijomaa.

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Aleksander Barkov was eventually drafted second overall by the Florida Panthers.

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On 15 July 2013, Aleksander Barkov signed his first NHL contract with the Florida Panthers.

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Aleksander Barkov became the youngest player since the 1967 NHL expansion to score a goal on 3 October 2013, which he did it in a road game against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars at the age of 18 years and 31 days.

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Aleksander Barkov recorded career-highs in assists and points and was invited to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

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On 17 September 2018, Aleksander Barkov was named the Panthers' captain, replacing Derek MacKenzie.

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On 8 October 2021, Aleksander Barkov signed an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Panthers.

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Aleksander Barkov was nominated for the Selke Trophy for the second consecutive season.

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In December 2011, Aleksander Barkov was chosen to play for Finland as the youngest Finnish player in the Ice Hockey World Junior Championships.

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Aleksander Barkov was invited to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to represent Finland, but suffered a knee injury after two games and was unable to continue playing in the tournament.

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Aleksander Barkov ended the tournament with nine points in nine games.

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Aleksander Barkov became fluent in English while living in North America during the NHL season.

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