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Alexander Semin
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Semin with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013
Born 3 March 1984 (1984-03-03) (age 37)
Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Lada Togliatti
Washington Capitals
Khimik Moscow Oblast
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Carolina Hurricanes
Montreal Canadiens
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
HC Vityaz
National team Flag of Russia.svg Russia
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2002
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2001–present

Alexander Valeryevich Semin (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Сёмин born 3 March 1984) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played with HC Vityaz of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the highest league in Russia. He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens.

Playing career

Early career

Semin was trained in the Traktor Chelyabinsk hockey school and made his professional debut in Russia's second-tier Russian Major League in 2001–02. After scoring 13 goals and 8 assists with Chelyabinsk that season, the Washington Capitals selected Semin in the first round, 13th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (Washington's second overall pick, having drafted Steve Eminger 12th overall). Remaining in Russia for the subsequent season, he joined Lada Togliatti of the first-tier Russian Superleague (RSL) in 2002–03 and scored 10 goals and 7 assists in 47 games.

Semin made his NHL debut in the 2003–04 season, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists in 52 games. However, he missed his team's flight to Pittsburgh when the Capitals closed out their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Semin then reported to Maine to play for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Portland Pirates, where he collected 15 points in 4 regular season and 7 playoff games.

Return to the NHL/Years in Washington

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Semin with the Capitals in the 2011 playoffs

With Semin's military obligations fulfilled, he agreed to a two-year contract with the Capitals on 11 April 2006, resolving the conflict between the two parties. Playing in his first game for the Capitals in two years, Semin scored the team's first goal of the 2006–07 season against the New York Rangers on 5 October 2006. In his next game, against the Carolina Hurricanes, he recorded a hat-trick. On 18 March 2007, Semin tallied the second natural hat-trick of his career against the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring three goals on three successive shots in a span of 7:04 in the second period. Late in the season, Capitals' head coach Glen Hanlon started Ovechkin and Semin together on the powerplay and occasionally on the team's first scoring line. Ovechkin and Semin finished as the team's top two scorers, and Semin soon became known as "The Other Alex". He completed the season with 38 goals (13th in NHL scoring) and 73 points in 77 games, missing five games to an injury early in the season. Semin was one of three 30-goal scorers for the Capitals for the season, along with Ovechkin and captain Chris Clark.

After a successful NHL comeback in 2006–07, Semin struggled in comparison during the 2007–08 season, scoring 42 points while being sidelined for 19 games. Along with Ovechkin and second-year forward Nicklas Bäckström, Semin helped form a highly offensive core with the Capitals in 2008–09. On 3 March 2009, Semin's 25th birthday, he scored his 100th career goal, against Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Semin spent much of the first couple months of the season as the NHL's top point-scorer, but tailed off as he began to experience injury troubles. Regardless, he finished with a career-high 79 points in just 62 games, third in Capitals scoring behind Ovechkin and Bäckström. In the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, Semin added 14 points in 14 games, including a three-point effort (two goals and an assist) on 20 April 2009, leading the Capitals to a crucial playoff win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the opening round.

Midway through the 2009–10 season, Semin signed a one-year, $6 million contract extension with the Capitals.

Semin played for Russia in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

In Washington's 2010 quarter-final match-up against the Montreal Canadiens, Semin received large amounts of criticism due to his poor play, as he did not score any goals despite firing 44 shots on Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halák. He finished the series with just two assists in seven games as Montreal upset Washington 4–3 in the series, with the Capitals blowing a 3–1 series lead.

Semin signed another one-year extension with the Washington Capitals on 27 January 2011, worth $6.7 million. He became an unrestricted free agent on 1 July 2012.

On 5 April 2012, Semin became the fifth-highest all-time leading goal scorer of the Capitals with his 197th goal.

Carolina Hurricanes

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Semin with the Hurricanes in 2013

On 26 July 2012, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Semin to a one-year, $7 million contract.

On 25 September 2012, it was announced that for the time of 2012–13 NHL lockout, Semin would sign with Sokol Krasnoyarsk from Russian Major League, the Russian second-tier hockey division. He would wear jersey number 28 with the club. Despite the fact he had offers from top-level Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) clubs, he chose to play for a club from his hometown for free. However, after playing four games with Sokol, Semin signed a contract with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL. The president of Torpedo, Oleg Kondrashov, praised Semin for joining Sokol at first, saying, "The player's decision to pay tribute to the team that brought him up does credit to him," though he also added, "But a player of such high level should play in KHL."

Semin scored his 200th career goal on 11 February 2013, helping his team to a 6–4 victory over the New York Islanders. On 25 March 2013, the Hurricanes signed Semin to a five-year, $35 million contract extension.

On 30 June 2015, Semin was waived by the Hurricanes with the intent of him being bought out.

Montreal Canadiens

On 24 July 2015, Semin signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He was then waived by the Canadiens in December. After going unclaimed, Semin refused to report to the AHL and sought a contract termination the following day.

Return to Russia

On 15 December 2015, Semin returned to play in his native Russia, signing for the remainder of the season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the Gagarin Cup on 19 April 2016. He was named, twice, on the list of most beautiful goals.

On 28 May 2016, Semin agreed to a one-year contract extension with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. In July 2017, Semin enrolled in a metallurgy course at Siberian Federal University, but continued his career with Sokol Krasnoyarsk of the Supreme Hockey League, the second-highest Russian hockey league.

On 8 May 2018, Semin signed a one-year contract with HC Vityaz, marking his return to the KHL.

Personal life

In 2014, Semin married his fiancée Alena and on 19 August 2015, she gave birth to a son. In 2017, they had their second son, Danil.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Traktor–2 Chelyabinsk RUS.3 4 1 0 1 14
2001–02 Traktor Chelyabinsk RUS.2 46 13 8 21 52
2001–02 Traktor–2 Chelyabinsk RUS.3 2 4 0 4 4
2002–03 Lada Togliatti RSL 47 10 7 17 36 10 5 3 8 10
2002–03 Lada–2 Togliatti RUS.3 2 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 52 10 12 22 36
2003–04 Portland Pirates AHL 4 3 1 4 6 7 4 7 11 19
2004–05 Lada Togliatti RSL 50 19 11 30 56 10 1 1 2 0
2004–05 Lada–2 Togliatti RUS.3 1 1 2 3 0
2005–06 Lada Togliatti RSL 16 5 4 9 52
2005–06 Lada–2 Togliatti RUS.3 2 2 0 2 4
2005–06 Khimik Moscow Oblast RSL 26 3 7 10 26 8 3 2 5 6
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 77 38 35 73 90
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 63 26 16 42 54 7 3 5 8 8
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 62 34 45 79 77 14 5 9 14 16
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 73 40 44 84 66 7 0 2 2 4
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 65 28 26 54 71 9 4 2 6 8
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 77 21 33 54 56 14 3 1 4 10
2012–13 Sokol Krasnoyarsk VHL 4 2 2 4 8
2012–13 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 20 7 10 17 10
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 44 13 31 44 14
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 65 22 20 42 42
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 6 13 19 32
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 1 3 4 12
2015–16 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 20 5 9 14 43 23 7 8 15 20
2016–17 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 58 16 14 30 38 18 0 2 2 20
2017–18 Sokol Krasnoyarsk VHL 31 8 20 28 30 8 5 3 8 36
2018–19 HC Vityaz KHL 54 19 22 41 43 4 0 1 1 4
2019–20 HC Vityaz KHL 50 18 20 38 69
2020–21 HC Vityaz KHL 40 8 11 19 38
NHL totals 650 239 278 517 582 51 15 19 34 46
KHL totals 242 73 86 159 241 45 7 11 18 44

Semin at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Russia Russia
World Championships
Gold 2012 Helsinki
Silver 2010 Germany
Gold 2008 Quebec City
Bronze 2005 Vienna

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Russia WJC18 2 8 8 7 15 16
2003 Russia WC 5th 6 0 0 0 0
2004 Russia WJC 5th 6 2 2 4 10
2005 Russia WC 3 6 3 0 3 8
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 3 3 6 8
2008 Russia WC 1 9 6 7 13 8
2010 Russia OG 6th 4 0 2 2 4
2010 Russia WC 2 8 1 4 5 12
2012 Russia WC 1 3 2 3 5 0
2014 Russia OG 5th 5 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 14 10 9 19 26
Senior totals 48 15 20 35 40

Awards and honors

Award Year
KHL
Gagarin Cup (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) 2016
Sergei Gimayev Prize (Top Veteran Player) 2020
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