58 Facts About Evgeni Malkin


Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin is a Russian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League .

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Evgeni Malkin was then selected second overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, though an international transfer dispute delayed the start of his NHL career until 2006.

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Evgeni Malkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs.

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In 2012, Evgeni Malkin was awarded the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, awarded to the best player as voted on by the players, after winning the Art Ross Trophy for the second time; his 12-point lead was the largest margin of victory since 1999.

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Internationally, Evgeni Malkin has competed for Russia in two IIHF World U18 Championships and three IIHF World U20 Championships, capturing one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal, as a junior.

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Evgeni Malkin was born on 31 July 1986 in Magnitogorsk to Vladimir and Natalia Evgeni Malkin.

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Evgeni Malkin joined his first organized hockey league two years later.

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Evgeni Malkin showed an aptitude for the sport at an early age, as one might expect from the son of a professional.

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Evgeni Malkin owns a restaurant in Magnitogorsk which is designed to look like the inside of a prison.

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Evgeni Malkin became engaged to Russian television personality Anna Kasterova in November 2015.

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In November 2017, Evgeni Malkin announced his membership of the PutinTeam social movement, launched by compatriot and fellow NHLer Alexander Ovechkin in support of President of Russia Vladimir Putin during the 2018 Russian presidential election.

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Evgeni Malkin is a product of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey program.

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Evgeni Malkin made his international debut for Russia during the 2003 U-18 World Championships, where he skated on the top line with Alexander Ovechkin.

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On 7 August 2006, it appeared the 20-year-old Evgeni Malkin had come to a compromise with Metallurg and signed a deal that would have kept him in Russia until May 2007.

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However, Evgeni Malkin stated he signed the one-year contract not as a compromise, but because of the immense "psychological pressure" his former club exerted on him.

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Evgeni Malkin set a modern NHL record when he scored a goal in each of his first six games.

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Evgeni Malkin's streak was eventually stopped in his seventh game by the San Jose Sharks.

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Evgeni Malkin was named alternate captain for the Penguins shortly after.

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When Evgeni Malkin arrived in the United States, he spoke little English, but through the help of fellow Russian teammate Sergei Gonchar, he eventually started to give short, simple interviews in the language.

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Midway through the season, when more heralded teammate and captain Sidney Crosby went down with an ankle injury, Evgeni Malkin seized the opportunity to lead the Penguins, scoring 44 points in the 28 games Crosby was absent.

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In total, Evgeni Malkin completed the season second in NHL scoring with 106 points, six points behind Alexander Ovechkin for the Art Ross Trophy.

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Evgeni Malkin continued to dominate into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Penguins made it to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.

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Evgeni Malkin scored three points against the Detroit Red Wings in the finals, totaling 22 points overall, but the Penguins were defeated by Detroit in six games.

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Evgeni Malkin became the second Russian-born player to win it, after Ovechkin, and the fourth Penguin, after Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Crosby.

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Evgeni Malkin tallied 36 points to become the first player to lead both the regular season and playoffs in scoring since Mario Lemieux accomplished the feat in 1992.

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Evgeni Malkin received the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, becoming the first Russian-born and Asian-born player to do so.

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Evgeni Malkin is just the second player in franchise history to win both the Art Ross and Conn Smythe trophies in the same year.

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Evgeni Malkin was helped off the ice and went straight to the dressing room, unable to return to the game as he suffered both a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament .

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Evgeni Malkin would go on to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP for his performance in the season.

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Evgeni Malkin became the first player in the past ten NHL seasons to win two scoring titles, putting an end to a streak of nine different players over nine seasons leading the NHL in points.

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Evgeni Malkin had an excellent series, recording 2 goals and 11 points in the 6 games.

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The entire Penguins team was kept to two goals in the four-game series, with Evgeni Malkin held off the scoresheet and posting a -5 plus-minus rating.

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Evgeni Malkin was unable to score for Pittsburgh in the first five games, and only managed four assists in that time, causing Penguins fans to worry, especially since Crosby was being held off the scoresheet as well.

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Evgeni Malkin had a solid series, scoring three goals and seven points in seven games, leading the Penguins.

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Evgeni Malkin became the 29th player in the history of the NHL to record 150 points in the playoffs.

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Evgeni Malkin is primarily a center with very good offensive abilities and decent defensive awareness.

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Evgeni Malkin has been known on rare occasions to play on the wing alongside Sidney Crosby, and on the point during the power play.

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Evgeni Malkin relies on his hockey IQ and athleticism most times to avoid checks by opponents.

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Evgeni Malkin has an elite arsenal of shots, and has remarkable stick-handling ability.

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An excellent passer who knows how to open up the game and create space, Evgeni Malkin is capable of driving the length of the ice to score goals due to his speed, size, and excellent stick handling.

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Evgeni Malkin made his first international appearance with Russia at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships in Yaroslavl.

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Evgeni Malkin helped Russia to a bronze medal, scoring nine points in six games.

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Evgeni Malkin was named Russia's U18 captain for the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships the following year and scored eight points as Russia improved to a gold medal in the tournament.

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Several months prior to his second and final U18 tournament, Evgeni Malkin debuted at the under-20 level with Russia at the 2004 World Junior Championships.

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The following year, Evgeni Malkin finished second in team scoring at the 2005 World Junior Championships to Alexander Ovechkin with ten points.

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Later in 2005, Evgeni Malkin made his debut with the Russian men's team at the 2005 World Championships.

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In 2006, Evgeni Malkin did triple duty for Russia, competing in his third World Junior Championships, his first Winter Olympics and his second World Championships.

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Evgeni Malkin was named the top forward and MVP of the 2006 World Junior Championships in January, captaining Russia to a second straight silver medal and gold medal game loss to Canada.

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Less than two months later, Evgeni Malkin was given one of the final spots on Team Russia for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he helped the team to a fourth-place finish with six points in seven games.

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Evgeni Malkin played in the first line of team Russia together with Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Frolov.

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Evgeni Malkin was selected to play for the Russian Olympic Team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, where he led Team Russia in points yet again with three goals and six points in four games.

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Evgeni Malkin was named MVP, the best forward and to All-Star team at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, where he scored 11 goals and made 8 assists, winning the scoring league with a total of 19 points.

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Evgeni Malkin had two hat-tricks, against Sweden in the preliminary round and against Finland in the semi-final.

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In 2014, Evgeni Malkin was named to the 2014 Russian Olympic Ice Hockey Team.

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Evgeni Malkin played all five games for Russia as they finished fifth in the tournament after losing to Finland in the quarter-finals.

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Evgeni Malkin had one goal and two assists by the end of the tournament.

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In 2019, Evgeni Malkin played in the 2019 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded the primary assist on Russia's game-winning goal against Team USA in the knockout stage.

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In 2020, Evgeni Malkin was named to the IIHF All-Time Russian National Team ahead of Russian and Soviet all-time greats such as Sergei Makarov, Alex Ovechkin, and Sergei Fedorov, among others.

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