21 Facts About Nikolay Zherdev


Mykola Olehovych "Nikolay" Zherdev is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for the HC Merano of the Alps Hockey League.

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Nikolay Zherdev previously played in the National Hockey League for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Nikolay Zherdev began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate.

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Nikolay Zherdev played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with his youth team from Kyiv.

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Nikolay Zherdev would accept an invitation for Elektrostal to loan him to the latter team, CSKA, citing a desire to train under esteemed coach Viktor Tikhonov.

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Nikolay Zherdev was drafted by Columbus in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with the fourth overall pick.

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Nikolay Zherdev was the Blue Jackets' most potent offensive threat while Rick Nash recuperated from injury, and played most of the season on the team's first line.

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Nikolay Zherdev threatened to remain in Russia for the season unless his demands were met, while Columbus insisted that Nikolay Zherdev's salary demands were not commensurate with his accomplishments.

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On July 2,2008, Nikolay Zherdev was traded by the Blue Jackets along with Dan Fritsche to the New York Rangers for defencemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

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Nikolay Zherdev signed on September 15,2009, a one-year contract for Atlant Moscow Oblast.

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On July 9,2010, Nikolay Zherdev signed a one-year deal for $2 million with the Philadelphia Flyers, setting up his return to the NHL.

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Nikolay Zherdev played in 39 games registering an impressive 37 points before he was traded to Ak Bars Kazan on January 15,2013, to complete the season.

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Nikolay Zherdev allegedly initiated a bar brawl at the hotel before crashing his Bentley Continental GT, which was later vandalized by locals who were outraged with his behaviour and scratched the words "scum", "bastard", and others into the vehicle's paint with nails.

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Barvikha Luxury Village hotel staff claimed Nikolay Zherdev spent nights there with various women, prompting his wife, Eugenia, to file for divorce.

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Nikolay Zherdev lost his passport as a result of the incident, meaning that he could not fly to his new team's training camp in Finland.

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Nikolay Zherdev was released from his contract with Lev and on September 24,2013, he was signed to a one-year contract with HC Spartak Moscow.

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Nikolai Nikolay Zherdev represented Russia at the 2002 U-18 World Junior Championships, helping that country to a silver medal.

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Nikolay Zherdev finished the tournament with 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points in 8 games.

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Nikolay Zherdev played at the 2003 U-20 World Junior Championships, registering only one assist in six games, playing a minor role in Russia's quest for the gold medal.

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Nikolay Zherdev was named captain of Team Russia for the 2004 World Juniors, but did not play after departing for the NHL.

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Nikolay Zherdev is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, and can speak limited English.

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