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Kirill Safronov
Born February 26, 1981 (1981-02-26) (age 29),

Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Height

Weight

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Left

Kirill Safronov (born February 26, 1981 in Leningrad, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).


Playing careerEdit

Safronov was selected in the first round, 19th overall, by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Drafted from the Russian Superleague's SKA Saint Petersburg, Safronov made his North American debut with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in the 1999–00 season. After one season with the Remparts, he joined the Coyotes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.

Safronov appeared in one game with the Coyotes during the 2001–02 season before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers (along with Ruslan Zainullin and a draft pick) in exchange for Darcy Hordichuk and two draft picks.[1] Safronov appeared in two games with the Thrashers in 2001–02 and 32 more in 2002–03 season before being traded to the Nashville Predators (along with Simon Gamache) for Ben Simon and Tomáš Klouček. He spent the remainder of the season with the Predators' AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

Safronov returned to Russia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and has played there since.

AwardsEdit

  • Awarded the Raymond Lagacé Trophy (QMJHL defensive rookie of the year) in 2000.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 35 1 1 2 26
1999–00 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 55 11 32 43 95 11 2 4 6 14
2000–01 Springfield Falcons AHL 66 5 13 18 77
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 68 3 19 22 26
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 8 0 2 2 2 25 2 6 8 8
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 44 4 15 19 29 9 1 2 3 4
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 32 2 2 4 14
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 21 1 4 5 8
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 59 4 16 20 41 21 0 6 6 20
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 19 0 1 1 49
2004–05 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 35 5 8 13 34
2005–06 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 46 1 11 12 40 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 46 2 3 5 68 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 57 9 14 23 47 9 1 4 5 2
2008–09 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 38 1 8 9 30 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 14 0 1 1 8
NHL totals 35 2 2 4 16

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