|InternationalCompeted for the Soviet Union team that finished third in the1985 World Junior Championships in Helsinki ... Scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in seven games at World Juniors to earn a spot on Second All-Star Team ... Scored two goals and added one assist to earn first star in game two of Rendez-Vous '87 ... Member of the 1988 Soviet Union club that captured the Olympic gold medal in Calgary ... Was captain of Red Army and of the Russian National Team ... Won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.
Career Quebec's eighth choice, 129th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft ... Played three years with Khimik from 1982-83 through 1984-85 and six years with CSKA in the Soviet National League from 1985-86 through 1990-91 ... Broke his leg in 1991-92 NHL pre-season ... Suffered a fractured wrist and broken ankle in separate incidents in 1992 ... Played his first NHL game in Minnesota on February 18, 1992 and scored his first NHL goal on six nights later ... In 1995-96, he played on a line with Peter Forsberg and Claude Lemieux in Colorado, which combined for 107 goals (33% of the team total of 326) and 165 assists for 272 points ... Scored the first goal in Colorado Avalanche history on October 6, 1995 ... Won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1995-96 ... Finished second in scoring on Avalanche in 1997-98, collecting 26 goals and 40 assists for 66 points in 75 games.