Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yuri Khmylev
Yuri Khmylev was a skilled left-winger who played 263 NHL games with Buffalo and St. Louis in the 1990s. He hit the 20-goal mark twice before his career slowed down and he was sent to the minors.

Born in Moscow, Khmylev played eleven years with Soviet Wings and recorded three 20-goal seasons. He also represented the club when it toured the NHL in 1989-90 and played in the 1989 and 1990 Friendship Tour games in Moscow. His skill was such that he was added to the Central Red Army when it toured the NHL in 1988-89 and 1990-91.

On the international stage, Khmylev played for the USSR when it won the gold medal at the 1984 World Junior Championships. After graduating to the Soviet national squad he played at the World Championships in 1986, 1987, and 1989, winning two golds and a silver. In 1987 he also played with the Soviet All-Stars vs. their NHL counterparts at Rendez-vous in Quebec City, the series that replaced that year's NHL All-Star Game. A few weeks later he was a member of the Soviet team that lost a memorable three-game final to the host country in the Canada Cup.

Khmylev also suited up for the short-lived Commonwealth of Independent States when they won the gold medal at the 1992 Albertville Olympics Olympics and finished fifth at the 1992 World Championships. The experienced forward was selected 108th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the team that fall, and scored 20 goals as a rookie. He improved to 27 scores the next season but his play tailed off a bit over the next two years. Prior to the trade deadline in March 1996, Khmylev was sent to the St. Louis Blues where he played very little. After spending most of the 1996-97 season in the minors, he signed with HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss league. He spent one year in Europe before playing the 1998-99 season with the St. John's Maple Leafs before retiring.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Lokomotiv Moscow USSR-2 6 2 0 2 0
1981-82 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 8 2 2 4 2
1981-82 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR-Q 6
1981-82 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 2 3 5 4
1982-83 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 51 9 7 16 14
1983-84 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 43 7 8 15 10
1983-84 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 2 7 9 0
1984-85 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 30 11 4 15 24
1984-85 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR-Q 7
1985-86 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 40 24 9 33 22
1985-86 Soviet Union WEC-A 6 2 1 3 4
1986-87 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 40 15 15 30 48
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87 2 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 1 1 2 8
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 9 0 1 1 2
1987-88 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 48 21 8 29 46
1988-89 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 44 16 18 34 38
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 2 1 0 1 2
1988-89 Soviet Union WEC-A 8 1 3 4 0
1989-90 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 44 14 13 27 30
1989-90 Krylja Sovetov Moscow Fr-Tour 1 1 0 1 0
1989-90 Krylja Sovetov Moscow Super-S 5 4 1 5 0
1990-91 Krylja Sovetov Moscow USSR 45 25 14 39 26
1990-91 Krylja Sovetov Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Super-S 7 3 3 6 0
1991-92 Krylja Sovetov Moscow CIS 42 19 17 36 20
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 4 6 10 4
1991-92 Russia WC-A 5 0 1 1 0
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 20 19 39 28 +6 8 4 3 7 4
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 27 31 58 49 +13 7 3 1 4 8
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 8 17 25 14 +8 5 0 1 1 8
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 8 20 28 40 -12
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 1 1 0 -5 6 1 1 2 4
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 1 0 1 2 -1
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 15 1 7 8 4
1996-97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 52 5 19 24 43 22 6 7 13 12
1997-98 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 17 5 6 11 2 2 1 0 1 0
1998-99 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 48 12 21 33 19 -4 5 2 1 3 4
NHL Totals 263 64 88 152 133 26 8 6 14 24


Traded to St. Louis by Buffalo with Buffalo's 8th round pick (Andrei Podkonicky) in 1996 NHL Draft for Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, Ottawa's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Buffalo selected Cory Sarich) in 1996 NHL Draft and St. Louis' 3rd round pick (Maxim Afinogenov) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 20, 1996.
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