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Ilya Nikulin
Born March 12, 1982 (1982-03-12) (age 28),

Moscow, Russian SFSR, URS

Height

Weight

6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)

Position Defence
KHL team

F. teams

Ak Bars Kazan

RSL Dynamo Moscow

Ntl. team Russia
NHL Draft 31st overall, 2000

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 2000–present

Ilya Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Илья Владимирович Никулин; born March 12, 1982 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Nikulin was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round, 31st overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Later that year, Nikulin began his professional career in the Russian Superleague (RSL) with Dynamo Moscow. He played with Dynamo for five seasons. In 2005, he joined Ak Bars Kazan. His five-year contract with Kazan included allowing him to leave for the NHL. However, after negotiations in 2008 and 2009, Nikulin did not sign a contract with the Thrashers.[1]

Nikulin has played for Team Russia. He competed at the 1999 under-18 Championship, earned a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship, and a bronze at the 2007 World Championship.[2] He was selected to the 2010 Russian Olympic team.[3]

Nikulin is good friends with Alexander Ovechkin, with whom he played four seasons with during his tenure with Dynamo Moscow. He is also the godfather of Nikulin's son.[4]

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Russia WJC18 6th 7 0 1 1 0
2000 Russia WJC18 2 6 1 1 2 10
Junior int'l totals 13 1 2 3 10
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 1 5 6 8
2007 Russia WC 3 9 2 0 2 4
2008 Russia WC 1 9 0 1 1 0
2009 Russia WC 1 9 1 3 4 4
2010 Russia Oly 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2010 Russia WC 2 9 0 2 2 2
Senior int'l totals 47 4 12 16 20

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