|Born||September 4, 1979 (1979-09-04) (age 31),
Moscow, Russian SFSR, URS
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
|SKA St. Petersburg
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
|NHL Draft||69th overall, 1997
|Competitor for Russia|
|Bronze||2002||Salt Lake City|
|World Junior Championships|
Maxim Sergeyevich Afinogenov (Russian: Максим Сергеевич Афиногенов, born September 4, 1979) is a Russian professional ice hockey player who is a member of the SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Known for his blistering skating speed, he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 69th overall in 1997 and played nine seasons with the club. He played one season with the Atlanta Thrashers before signing with St. Petersburg in 2010.
He was first introduced to hockey by his dad when he was 5 years old.
Maxim Afinogenov was a forward for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague (RSL) for four seasons. He was drafted 69th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and played his rookie NHL season in 1999–2000, scoring 34 points in 65 games, while also playing in 15 games with the Sabres' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Following his third season with the Sabres, a 21-goal, 40-point campaign in 2001–02, Afinogenov re-signed with a two-year, $2.4 million contract on September 4, 2002. However, that same day, while playing a pickup game in in Moscow, he took a puck to the head, suffering a concussion. He was limited to just 35 games in the subsequent season, managing just 11 points. The next season, in 2003–04, he recorded his first career hat trick on December 31, 2003, at the HSBC Arena in a 7–1 win against the Washington Capitals. He finished the season bouncing back from his previous concussion-riddled season with 17 goals and 31 points.
After spending the 2004–05 season back in Russia with Dynamo Moscow due to the NHL lockout, Afinogenov recorded his best season to date when NHL play resumed in 2005–06 with personal bests of 51 assists and 73 points. As the Sabres embarked on a playoff run to the semi-finals, where they were defeated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, Afinogenov added eight points in 18 post-season games. He continued his scoring pace the following season in 2006–07 and, despite missing 26 games, scored 61 points and a career-high 23 goals. During the season, Sabres backup goalie Martin Biron was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline in February 2007, making Afinogenov the longest-serving Sabre on the roster. His production tailed off in 2007–08, however, managing just 28 points in the same number of games as the previous season.
Following the 2008–09 season, in which he was sidelined once more with a groin injury, Afinogenov became an unrestricted free agent and was not re-signed by the Sabres. He left the club as the longest-serving Sabre on the previous season's roster, having played for the club since his rookie season in 1999–00. On September 17, 2009, the Atlanta Thrashers invited Afinogenov to their 2009–10 training camp on a tryout. and on September 29, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the team worth $800,000. He scored his first goal as a Thrasher on October 17, 2009 against the Buffalo Sabres.
SKA St PetersburgEdit
Afinogenov signed a 5 year deal with SKA St. Petersburg.
Played for Russia in:
- 1998 World Junior Championships (silver medal)
- 1999 World Junior Championships (gold medal)
- 2000 World Championships
- 2002 Winter Olympics (bronze medal)
- 2004 World Cup of Hockey
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- 2008 World Championships (gold medal)
- 2010 Winter Olympics
|Senior int'l totals||74||22||13||35||58|