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Pavel Datsyuk
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Born (1978-07-20) July 20, 1978 (age 43)
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, USSR
Height 5 ft 10.1 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
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Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Spartak/Dynamo Yekaterinburg
Ak Bars Kazan
HC Dynamo Moscow
HC CSKA Moscow
National team Flag of Russia.svg Russia
NHL Draft 171st overall, 1998
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1996–present

Pavel Datsyuk was born 20 July, 1978. The city where he was born is named Yekaterinburg in Russia. He is a professional ice hockey players, he plays in the NHL.


His mother died when he was 12 years old. In the middle of the 1990s, he started to play for the farm team of Dynamo Yekaterinburg; there he was noticed by the new trainer of the team Vladimir Krikunov. He saw the talent of the kids, but not on the ice. On the soccer field, his anticipation, vision and intelligence were certainly over the average of the team. Seeing that talent on the soccer field, Vladimir Krikunov¸ let the little boy all is confidence on the ice. It takes a long time before Pavel was notified by the scout of the NHL, because he was too small, actually he was only 1,73m and 66 kg when he began his professional career. He was not supposed to be drafted in the NHL, but the scout of the Detroit Red Wings came to watch the defenseman Dimitiri Kilimine and he was impressed by this little sized player.

National Hockey League career

Pavel Datsyuk was drafted in 1998 by the Detroit Red Wings, 171st overall. He began to play in the NHL in 2001-2002; he played 70 games and scores 11 goals. One year later, a new prospect joins the team, Henrik Zetterberg, they played together with the veteran, Brett Hull. Since that season, the chemistry between those 2 prospects progress and made one of the most powerful duo of the league. Since that season, Henrik and Pavel are still playing with each other. Pavel is a center and one of the best two way player of the NHL. In a survey made by the journalist, 247 hockey players, consider Pavel as the most difficult player to take the puck off during a game. He won at many times trophy in the league, the most impressive fact of its career. It is, is 4 years in a row winning the Lady Bing Memorial Trophy. The most productive years of Pavel Datsyuk were in 2008-2009, where he collected 97 points for 32 goals and 65 assists.

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