Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andrei Nazarov
A native of Chelyabinsk, USSR, Andrei Nazarov was an imposing force on Moscow Dynamo when he was chosen 10th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He came to North America in 1993-94 and scored 33 points for the IHL's Kansas City Blades while adjusting to his new surroundings. When the NHL was shut down for the first half of the 1994-95 season, Nazarov displayed more confidence in Kansas City. He was recalled to the Sharks when the season resumed in January and drove hard to the net while demonstrating a willingness to dish out as much abuse as he was forced to absorb.

Nazarov continued to be a project for San Jose and came through with 12 goals in 1996-97. When his progress seemed to stall, the Sharks traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 1998. He never really fit in with his new team but was impressive after a trade sent him to the Calgary Flames in January 1999. He scored 14 points and appeared to be turning the corner as an NHL regular. In 1999-00 he scored a career-high 32 points and spent less time in the penalty box. Following a trade to Anaheim in 2000, Nazarov struggled and was limited to a mere 16 games with the Ducks before he was sent to the Boston Bruins later that season.

After parts of two seasons in Boston the hulking forward was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the 2001-02 season where he would play for the next three seasons. In the summer of 2005, Nazarov joined his seventh NHL team when he was acquired by the Minnesota Wild.

As a member of the Minnesota Wild, Nazarov spent the majority of the season as a healthy reserve before officially announcing his retirement in July of 2006.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Mechel Chelyabinsk USSR-2 2 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-3 40 13 6 19 47
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 2 1 0 1 2
1991-92 Russia EJC-A 6 3 1 4 12
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow CIS 42 8 2 10 79 10 1 1 2 8
1993-94 Dynamo Moscow CIS 6 2 2 4 0
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Kansas City Blades IHL 71 15 18 33 64
1994-95 Kansas City Blades IHL 43 15 10 25 55
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 26 3 5 8 94 -1 6 0 0 0 9
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 7 7 14 62 -15
1995-96 Kansas City Blades IHL 27 4 6 10 118 2 0 0 0 2
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 60 12 15 27 222 -4
1996-97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3 1 2 3 4
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 40 1 1 2 112 -4
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 1 1 2 58 -9
1997-98 Russia WC-A 6 1 2 3 10
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 26 2 0 2 43 -5
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 36 5 9 14 30 +1
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 76 10 22 32 78 +3
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 16 1 0 1 29 -9
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 63 1 4 5 200 -14
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 47 0 2 2 164 -2
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30 6 3 9 51 +7 3 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 3 0 3 135 -9
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 1 2 3 125 -7
2004-05 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Russia 9 0 0 0 20
2004-05 Avangard Omsk Russia 23 0 2 2 153 7 0 0 0 6
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 0 0 0 6 -1
2005-06 Houston Aeros AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 571 53 71 124 1409 9 0 0 0 11


Traded to Tampa Bay by San Jose with Florida's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Tampa Bay selected Vincent Lecavalier) in 1998 NHL Draft for Bryan Marchment, David Shaw and Tampa Bay's 1st round pick (later traded to Nashville - Nashville selected David Legwand) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 24, 1998. Traded to Calgary by Tampa Bay for Michael Nylander, January 19, 1999. Traded to Anaheim by Calgary with Calgary's 2nd round pick (later traded to Phoenix - later traded back to Calgary - Calgary selected Andrei Taratukhin) in 2001 NHL Draft for Jordan Leopold, September 26, 2000. Traded to Boston by Anaheim with Patrick Traverse for Samuel Pahlsson, November 18, 2000. Traded to Phoenix by Boston for Phoenix's 5th round pick (Peter Hamerlik) in 2002 NHL Draft, January 25, 2002.
Spent majority of 2003-04 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Novokuznetsk (Russia), September 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (Russia), November, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, August 1, 2005. Spent the majority of the 2005-06 as a healthy reserve. Officially announced retirement, July 14, 2006.
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