Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sergei Zubov
In the late 1990s, the Dallas Stars emerged as one of the dominant franchises in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 and returning to the finals in 2000. Night in and night out, coach Ken Hitchcock sent out an incredible lineup that boasted goalie Ed Belfour and skaters Brett Hull, Mike Modano and Joe Nieuwendyk, to name just a few. But it may be said that no other player has been as crucial to the team's success as its Russian defenseman, Sergei Zubov.

An offensive-minded rearguard, the 6-foot 1-inch, 200-pound Zubov adds tremendous scoring as well as consistent leadership on the power play. "He brings his great skill with him, and his performance has been so consistent," says Stars general manager.

Zubov played four seasons with Moscow's Central Red Army team, between 1988 and 1992. He represented the Soviet Union at the World Junior Championships in 1989 and 1990, when his teams won the gold and silver medal respectively. He was also a gold medal winner as a member of the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He played for Russia at the 1992 World Championships a fifth-place finish, and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where his team placed fourth.

In 1990 the New York Rangers drafted Zubov in the fifth round with the 85th overall pick. They assigned him to their AHL farm team in Binghamton, New York, in 1992, and after 30 games he'd registered 36 points and earned a promotion. In his first 49 NHL games he generated a promising 8 goals and 31 points. His second season, 1993-94, he reached his offensive zenith, scoring 77 assists and 89 points. He added 5 goals and 19 points during the playoffs to help the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup since 1940.

After parts of three seasons in the Ranger organization Zubov was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. After only one year in Penguin black and gold, he was dealt to the Dallas Stars. He quickly became a favorite of the Texas fans, wowing them with his strong skating and superb stickhandling, both traits that were at a premium within coach Hitchcock's defensive system.

Although Zubov has traditionally taken few penalties, he is not afraid of physical play. He also specializes in quick rushes out of the defensive zone and is an expert at making short, hard passes to set up a forward. In 1996-97, his first season in Dallas, he was tops among all NHL defenders with 47 assists.

During the 1997-98 season, Zubov represented his country for a second time at the Winter Olympics in Nagano before helping lead the Stars to the Western Conference title and a victory over the upstart Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup finals in 1999.

Zubov and the Stars returned to the finals yet again in 2000, only to fall short against a talented New Jersey Devils squad. One of the more durable players in the league, Zubov played in his 700th NHL game during the 2001-02 season and registered career point number 500 that same year, while helping team Russia earn a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

In 2003-04, Zubov entered his 12th season in the NHL and his eighth season with Dallas.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 0 2 2 2
1988-89 CSKA Moscow USSR 29 1 4 5 10
1988-89 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 0 5 5 4
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 48 6 2 8 16
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 1 3 4 14
1990-91 CSKA Moscow USSR 41 6 5 11 12
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 1 0 1 25
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Super-S 7 0 1 1 0
1991-92 CSKA Moscow CIS 44 4 7 11 8
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 2 2 4 10
1992-93 CSKA Moscow CIS 1 0 1 1 0
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 49 8 23 31 4 -1
1992-93 Binghamton Rangers AHL 30 7 29 36 14 11 5 5 10 2
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 78 12 77 89 39 +20 22 5 14 19 0
1993-94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 38 10 26 36 18 -2 10 3 8 11 2
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 11 55 66 22 +28 18 1 14 15 26
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 4 1 1 2 0
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 78 13 30 43 24 +19 7 0 3 3 2
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 73 10 47 57 16 +16 17 4 5 9 2
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 81 10 41 51 20 +9 23 1 12 13 4
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 77 9 33 42 18 -2 18 2 7 9 6
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 79 10 41 51 24 +22 10 1 5 6 4
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 80 12 32 44 22 -4
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 82 11 44 55 26 +21 12 4 10 14 4
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 77 7 35 42 20 0 5 1 1 2 0
2004-05
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 78 13 58 71 46 +20 5 1 5 6 6
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 78 12 42 54 26 0 6 0 4 4 2
2007-08 Dallas Stars NHL 46 4 31 35 12 +6 11 1 5 6 4
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 10 0 4 4 0 -4
2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 53 10 32 42 32 4 0 2 2 0
NHL Totals 1068 152 619 771 337 164 24 93 117 62


EJC-A All-Star Team (1988)
Named Best Defenseman at EJC-A (1988) NHL Second All-Star Team (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1998, 1999, 2000)
Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Petr Nedved for Luc Robitaille and Ulf Samuelsson, August 31, 1995. Traded to Dallas by Pittsburgh for Kevin Hatcher, June 22, 1996. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring hip injury. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), July 30, 2009.