Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andrei Nikolishin
Born in Vorkuta, USSR, Andrei Nikolishin played domestically for Moscow Dynamo. In 1992 he helped the Commonwealth of Independent States win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Germany. The next year, he helped Russia win gold at the World Championships and was also on hand in 1994 for the Lillehammer Olympics and World tourney. Following the 1993-94 domestic and international season, Nikolishin was named to the CIS First All-Star Team and was voted the Player-of-the-Year in his country.

A second round draft pick of the Hartford Whalers in 1992, the talented forward joined the NHL after the owners' lockout in January 1995. He adjusted to the North American style of play and was used on both the power play and shorthanded situations. In 1995-96 Nikolishin registered 51 points then joined Russia at the World Championships after Hartford missed the playoffs.

After scoring four points in as many games for Russia at the World Cup in 1996, Nikolishin began the 1996-97 season in Hartford but was traded to Washington in November for defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn. He played solidly for his new club and represented Russia at the 1997 World Championships. During the 1998 playoffs the creative winger registered 13 assists to help the Caps reach the Stanley Cup finals. After a brief contract holdout in 1998-99, he rejoined the Caps and was an excellent checker and special teams player.

By the 1999-00 season, Nikolishin was considered one of the top penalty killers in the NHL and represented his homeland yet again at the World Championships. The next year he was used on offense a bit more because of his fine playmaking talents. Nikolishin figured to be an important part of the free flowing style of the club in 2001-02, especially after the Capitals acquisition of Jaromir Jagr.

After a strong 2001-02 season which saw Nikolishin capture a bronze medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks prior to the 2002-03 season. Nikolishin's stay in the Windy City lasted only one season as he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2003.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow 2 USSR-3 36 11
1990-91 Dynamo Moscow USSR 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 3 3 6 4
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-3 36 22 15 37 40
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 18 1 0 1 4
1991-92 Russia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 2
1992-93 Dynamo Moscow CIS 42 5 7 12 30 10 2 1 3 8
1992-93 Russia WC-A 8 1 3 4 8
1993-94 Dynamo Moscow CIS 41 8 12 20 30
1993-94 Russia Olympics 8 2 5 7 6
1993-94 Russia WC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1994-95 Dynamo Moscow CIS 12 7 2 9 6
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 39 8 10 18 10 +7
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 61 14 37 51 34 -2
1995-96 Russia WC-A 8 2 3 5 10
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 4 1 3 4 4
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 12 2 5 7 2 -2
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 59 7 14 21 30 +5
1996-97 Russia WC-A 5 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 38 6 10 16 14 +1 21 1 13 14 12
1997-98 Portland Pirates AHL 2 0 0 0 2 -3
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow Russia 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 73 8 27 35 28 0
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 76 11 14 25 28 +6 5 0 2 2 4
1999-00 Russia WC-A 4 0 0 0 0 -1
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 81 13 25 38 34 +9 6 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 80 13 23 36 40 -1
2001-02 Russia Olympics 6 0 1 1 6 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 6 15 21 26 -3
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 49 5 7 12 24 +3 11 0 2 2 4
2004-05 CSKA Moscow Russia 55 7 20 27 64
2005-06 Lada Togliatti Russia 13 2 0 2 36
2005-06 Avangard Omsk Russia 19 3 3 6 10 13 1 2 3 32
2006-07 SKA St. Petersburg Russia 19 2 3 5 26 3 0 0 0 10
2007-08 Traktor Chelyabinsk Russia 32 11 20 31 30 3 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 48 10 29 39 108 3 1 0 1 2
2009-10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 46 7 15 22 77 2 0 0 0 2
2010-11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 30 5 8 13 22
NHL Totals 628 93 187 280 270 43 1 17 18 22


CIS First All-Star Team (1994)
CIS Player of the Year (1994)
Traded to Washington by Hartford for Curtis Leschyshyn, November 9, 1996. Traded to Chicago by Washington with Chris Simon for Michael Nylander, Chicago's 3rd round choice (Stephen Werner) in 2003 Entry Draft and future considerations, November 1, 2002. Traded to Colorado by Chicago for Colorado's 4th round choice (Mitch Maunu) in 2004 Entry Draft, June 21, 2003. Signed as a free agent by CSKA (Russia), June 4, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Lada Togliatti (Russia), September 5, 2005.