|International Played for the Soviet Union in the World Junior Championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989 ... Won silver medal in 1988 and gold in 1989 ... Selected as the Best Forward at the 1988 tournament ... Named to the second All-Star Team in 1989 ... Played on a line with Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure at the 1989 tournament ... Youngest Soviet hockey player ever to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Calgary Games ... Member of the Soviet Team at the 1989 World Championship ... Scored two goals and four assists in five games at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Career Buffalo's fourth choice, 89th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft ... Joined the Central Red Army team at the age of 17 ... Played three seasons before arriving in North America in May 1989 ... Scored for the Sabres on the first shift of his first NHL game, 20 seconds after the opening faceoff on October 5, 1989 ... Was fourth on the Sabres in scoring in 1990-91 and tied for the team lead in plus-minus at +14 ... Tied an NHL record on December 21, 1991, scoring a goal against Toronto just five seconds into the game ... Set a Sabres record, and tied Teemu Selanne for the NHL lead, with 76 goals in 1992-93 ... Holds Sabres single season records for goals ... Injuries slowed him down over the next two seasons ... In 1995-96, he led the Vancouver Canucks in goals (55), assists (52) and points (107) and finished seventh in scoring in the NHL ... Had three hat-tricks, including a club record three goals in 2:25 on December 23rd. ... Finished third in scoring on Canucks roster in 1997-98 despite playing in only 51 games ... Traded to New Jersey on March 14, 2000 and won the Stanley Cup that season ... Signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 3, 2001 ... Led Maple Leafs in scoring during the 2002-03 season with 33 goals and 46 assists for 70 points ... Won Lady Byng trophy that season.