Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vitali Yachmenev
Vitali Yachmenev played junior hockey in his hometown of Chelyabinsk with the Traktor organization and was a member of the Russian national junior team by age 15. He grew up idolizing CSKA Moscow star Sergei Makarov and has represented Russia at the European and World Junior Hockey Championships.

In 1993-94 he moved to North America and joined the OHL's North Bay Centennials. He led the league with 61 goals and won the CHL Rookie-of-the-Year award. In the playoffs, he helped lead the Centennials to the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament. He was awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's most gentlemanly player in 1994-95.

Yachmenev was drafted 59th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings and made his NHL debut on October 7, 1995, scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche's Stephane Fiset. After spending some time with the IHL's Long Beach Ice Dogs, the talented forward played on a line with Wayne Gretzky in his rookie campaign which allowed Yachmenev to post career best totals for goals (19), assists (34) and points (53) in his rookie season.

Yachmenev spent five seasons in the Kings organization before being traded to the Nashville Predators prior to the 1998-99 season. Upon his arrival in Nashville, Yachmenev became a strong two-way player and registered his 200th career point during the 2002-03 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Traktor Chelyabinsk CIS 51 23 20 43 12
1992-93 Russia EJC-A 6 2 5 7 2
1993-94 North Bay Centennials OHL 66 61 52 113 18 18 13 19 32 12
1993-94 North Bay Centennials M-Cup 3 1 3 4 2
1994-95 North Bay Centennials OHL 59 53 52 105 8 6 1 8 9 2
1994-95 Russia WJC-A 7 3 4 7 2
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 4 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 19 34 53 16 -3
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 10 22 32 10 -9
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 4 +1
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 59 23 28 51 14 +33 17 8 9 17 4
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 55 7 10 17 10 -10
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 16 7 6 13 0 0
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 68 16 16 32 12 +5
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 78 15 19 34 10 -5
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 75 11 16 27 14 -16
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 62 5 15 20 12 +7
2003-04 Amur Khabarovsk Russia 57 11 14 25 14
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 54 6 7 13 10
2005-06 Avangard Omsk Russia 47 2 6 8 30 13 2 1 3 2
2006-07 Avangard Omsk Russia 53 10 16 26 16 5 0 1 1 0
2007-08 Dynamo Moscow Russia 56 12 19 31 16 6 3 4 7 0
2008-09 Dynamo Moscow KHL 47 8 14 22 12 10 1 3 4 0
2009-10 Dynamo Moscow KHL 36 3 9 12 14 4 2 1 3 6
2010-11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 43 4 12 16 16
NHL Totals 487 83 133 216 88


OHL All-Rookie Team (1994)
OHL Rookie of the Year (1994)
Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1994)
Traded to Nashville by Los Angeles for future considerations, July 7, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Khabarovsk (Russia), September 5, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (Russia), May 30, 2005. Officially announced his retirement, July 9, 2013.
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