Sergei Fedorov could do it all. He was a superb skater with great hands and the hockey intellect to create exciting goals, but was so defensively sound that he was regularly considered for the NHL's Selke Trophy.
Born December 13, 1969 in Pskov, Soviet Union, Sergei Fedorov caught the eyes of NHL scouts at the 1987 World Junior Championships. He played in the World Juniors again in 1988 and was named a tournament All-Star as the Soviets claimed the silver medal.
Playing on a sensational line with Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny, the line collected 38 points at the 1989 World Junior Championships and led the Soviet Union to a gold medal. Later that year, he made his debut with the Soviet National Team at the World Championships. The 19-year-old Fedorov led the Soviets in goals as they captured the gold medal. The Soviet Union repeated as champions at the 1990 World Championships.
Sergei Fedorov was drafted in the fourth round, 74th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. There was political unrest in the Soviet Union at the time, and there was no guarantee that any Soviet Union player would be able to join an NHL team. In 1990, while his club team, CSKA Moscow, was in Seattle, Washington for the Goodwill Games, he quietly slipped away, defecting to Detroit so he could begin his NHL career.
Fedorov was an immediate star. He scored 31 goals in his debut season. It was indicative of his enormous skill, and he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In thirteen seasons with the Red Wings, he scored 20+ goals twelve times, had 30+ goals in nine seasons and was extraordinary in 1993-94, a career season in which he scored 56 goals and totaled 120 points.
In the mid-1990's, Detroit's head coach Scotty Bowman put together a unit that came to be known as the Russian Five: Fedorov at centre with Vyacheslav Kozlov on left wing, Igor Larionov on right wing and Slava Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov on defence. The five-man unit dazzled fans with their speed, skill and their ability to shut down their opponent's offence.
Fedorov played a pivotal role in three Red Wings Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998 and 2002) and was a six-time All-Star. In his brilliant 1993-94 season, he finished second in regular season scoring, won the Hart Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Selke Trophy and was a First Team All-Star. Sergei won the Selke again in 1996 after scoring 39 goals and 107 points in 78 games, while playing stellar defensively.
During the 2003 off-season, Fedorov signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and led the team in goals and points in 2003-04. During that season, he picked up his 1,000th NHL point, becoming the first Russian-born player to do so.
Early in the 2005-06 season, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it was there that he played his 1,000th regular season NHL game.
At the trade deadline during the 2007-08 season, Fedorov was dealt to the Washington Capitals, where he would finish his NHL career.
His NHL statistics are staggering: 483 goals, 696 assists and 1,179 points in 1,248 regular season games, as well as 52 goals and 124 assists for 176 points in 183 playoff games.
Sergei Fedorov returned to Russia for the 2009-10 season, joining Magnitogorsk where he played for three seasons, was named captain in 2011-12 and was named to the Kontinental Hockey League All-Star in all three seasons.
Sergei starred not only in the Soviet League and the NHL, but also in international competition. While playing with the World Juniors, Fedorov and the Soviets took the silver medal in 1988 and the gold medal in 1989. He played on gold medal-winning teams at the World Championships in 1989, 1990 and 2008, plus silver in 2010. He won Olympic silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. He also owns a bronze medal from the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.