|International Played for the Unified Team at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, winning a gold medal ... Named assistant captain of Team Russia at the 1994 World Championships ... Played for Russia in the three World Championships (1992, 1994 and 1996) Was named Best Defenseman at the 1996 tournament ... Played at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996... Took part at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano ... Played in all six games and registered two assists.
Career Los Angeles' fourth round choice, 81st overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft ... Played three years for Sokol Kiev and the Central Red Army Team in the Soviet Elite League from 1989-90 through 1991-92 before joining Los Angeles for the 1992-93 season ... Posted the second highest point total by a rookie defenseman in franchise history in 1992-93 with 48 points (12-36-48) ... Point total was also second-highest among rookie defensemen in the NHL ... Scored a goal on his first shot as a Sabre, February 15, 1995 ... In 1997-98 season, was second in scoring on the Sabres with 15 goals and 30 assists for 45 points in 78 games.