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André Burakovsky
Andre Burakovsky playing with the Avalanche vs Islanders on January 6, 2020 (Quintin Soloviev).jpg
Burakovsky with the Colorado Avalanche in 2020
Born 9 February 1995 (1995-02-09) (age 26)
Klagenfurt, Austria
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Malmö Redhawks
Washington Capitals
National team Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2013
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2011–present

André Burakovsky (also stylized as Burakowsky; born 9 February 1995) is an Austrian-born Swedish professional ice hockey forward for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He had previously played for the Washington Capitals, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2013. Burakovsky won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Capitals in 2018.

Playing career

Burakovsky was selected in the third round (102nd overall) by SKA Saint Petersburg in the 2012 KHL Junior Draft, and was selected by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Burakovsky made his professional debut during the 2011–12 season with the Malmö Redhawks of HockeyAllsvenskan when he was just 16 years old. He won a silver medal playing with Team Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships.

Washington Capitals

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Burakovsky with the Capitals in 2018.

On 4 September 2013, Burakovsky signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals. He then joined the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2013–14 season.

Burakovsky scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut on 9 October 2014, against Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens. He became the second-fastest Capitals player to score their first career NHL goal, and the 13th Capitals player to score in his NHL debut. In 2015–16 he appeared in 79 games, scored 17 goals, and had 21 assists.

On 22 January 2017, against the Dallas Stars, Burakovsky scored the game's first goal for the fourth consecutive game, tying the NHL record for the most consecutive team games scoring the first goal. The last player to achieve this was Jonathan Cheechoo during the 2007–08 NHL season.

On July 4, 2017, he agreed to a 2-year, $6-million contract with the Washington Capitals. During the 2017–18 season, on 24 October 2017, Burakovsky required surgery on his thumb after it was injured in a game against the Florida Panthers and was expected to miss six to eight weeks. He returned to the Capitals lineup on 8 December 2017 after missing 20 games.

Burakovsky was sidelined with an injury during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs and missed the remainder of the Capitals first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After missing 10 playoff games, and going pointless upon returning, Burakovsky scored two goals in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning to help send the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. He admitted to hiring a sports psychologist, saying, "I think when I'm doing something bad, I'm thinking about it for a long time, and it just sits in my head. That's something I have to work on in the summer." Despite his struggles, Burakovsky won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals on 7 June 2018.

Colorado Avalanche

On 28 June 2019, Burakovsky was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Scott Kosmachuk and a second and third-round pick in 2020. On 15 July 2019, Burakovsky agreed to his qualifying offer, accepting a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Avalanche. After attending his first training camp with Colorado, Burakovsky made his debut with the Avalanche in the opening game of the 2019–20 season against the Calgary Flames on 3 October 2019, registering an assist. Relied to provide in an increased role from his tenure with the Capitals, Burakovsky responded by securing a role among the top six forwards, reaching the 20 goal mark for the first time in his career in placing third on the team in scoring with a career high 45 points through 58 regular season games. He collected a career-high four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on 4 February 2020. Missing 13 games through injury, Burakovsky returned from the COVID-19 pandemic pause in the playoffs to notch 7 goals and 17 points in only 15 post-season games. He notched two points in Game 7 of the Western Conference semi-finals, however was unable to help Colorado past the Dallas Stars.

On 10 October 2020, as a restricted free agent, Burakovsky was signed a two-year, $9.8 million contract extension with the Avalanche. In the pandemic delayed 2020–21 season, Burakovsky continued in his second-line role primarily playing alongside Nazem Kadri and Brandon Saad. He made his 400th NHL appearance in a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on 26 February 2021. He collected his 100th career goal on 10 May 2021, against the Vegas Golden Knights and finished the regular season with the Presidents' Trophy winning Avalanche, just one goal and one point short of his previous season totals with 19 goals and 44 points through 53 games. He was unable to replicate his previous playoff form with the Avalanche in the post-season, registering 1 goal and 4 points through 10 games in a second-round defeat to the Golden Knights.

Personal life

Burakovsky was born in Klagenfurt, in southern Austria where his father was playing hockey at the time, but grew up in Malmö, Sweden, his father's hometown. His father is Robert Burakovsky, who was drafted 217th overall 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played 23 games with the Ottawa Senators. His mother is Pernilla Burakovsky. He has two sisters, Alexandra Burakovsky and Anna Burakovsky. He is of Russian-Jewish descent.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Malmö Redhawks J18 12 4 3 7 2
2010–11 Malmö Redhawks J18 Allsv 15 4 6 10 4
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks J18 9 6 8 14 14 4 2 4 6 0
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks J20 42 17 25 42 43 5 1 4 5 2
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks Allsv 10 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks J18 1 2 2 4 0
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks J18 Allsv 2 4 2 6 2 4 3 3 6 0
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks J20 13 3 4 7 8 3 1 2 3 8
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks Allsv 43 4 7 11 8
2013–14 Erie Otters OHL 57 41 46 87 35 14 10 3 13 2
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 53 9 13 22 10 11 2 1 3 0
2014–15 Hershey Bears AHL 13 3 4 7 6 1 1 0 1 0
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 79 17 21 38 12 12 1 0 1 6
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 64 12 23 35 14 13 3 3 6 2
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 56 12 13 25 27 13 2 4 6 4
2018–19 Washington Capitals NHL 76 12 13 25 14 7 1 1 2 0
2019–20 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 20 25 45 22 15 7 10 17 4
2020–21 Colorado Avalanche NHL 53 19 25 44 10 10 1 3 4 4
NHL totals 439 101 133 234 109 81 17 22 39 20

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden IH18 2 5 2 1 3 0
2012 Sweden U17 4th 6 4 4 8 4
2012 Sweden WJC18 2 6 0 3 3 0
2012 Sweden IH18 3 5 3 3 6 16
2013 Sweden WJC18 5th 5 4 1 5 4
2014 Sweden WJC 2 7 3 4 7 0
2016 Sweden WC 6th 3 1 0 1 12
Junior totals 34 16 16 32 24
Senior totals 3 1 0 1 12

Awards and honors

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals) 2018
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