Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dmitry Yushkevich
In 1989 Yushkevich was invited to play at the World Junior Championships in Anchorage, Alaska, with the USSR junior team. He and Pavel Bure were the youngest at the training camp. Dimitri didn't believe he had a chance of making the team, but he was added to the first line, which included Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny and won his first gold medal. He subsequently appeared at two more junior championships, but his memories of these weren't as sweet. In the most important games in 1990 and 1991, the Soviet team lost to Sweden and Finland when the opposition scored last-minute goals.

In 1991 Yushkevich switched to Dynamo Moscow, then headed by Vladimir Yurzinov. The experienced Yurzinov favoured an NHL style of practice, tough play and swift passes, and prepared his boys both to win Russian championships and to migrate to the NHL. Thanks to this training, it wasn't hard for Yushkevich to play North American hockey when he came to the Philadelphia Flyers. By then, Dimitri was also an Olympic champion. To many experts' surprise, the young and ambitious Unified Team of the former USSR had won the gold in Albertville, France.

Yushkevich made a successful debut on the Philadelphia team in 1992 but three years later he was traded. In 1995 he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, where his first three years proved an ordeal and a test of his durability. Things for Yushkevich changed after Pat Quinn arrived in 1998 and relied heavily on his skill and leadership.

In the 1999 playoff series, the Toronto Maple Leafs eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins, mostly because Yushkevich was so effective at hindering the Penguins Jaromir Jagr.

The 1999-00 season validated Yushkevich's stature as one of the league's leading defencemen and an invitation to the All-Star Game confirmed it. Yushkevich went on to play two more seasons in Toronto before he was traded to the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2002. The hard-nosed defenceman played only 23 games with the Panthers before being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings. After another 42 games, the Philadelphia Flyers re-acquired their original draft pick from 1991 in the latter stages of the season to help reinforce their blue line, however, Yushkevich's stay would be short lived, opting to play in his homeland as of the 2003-04 season.

On the international stage, Yushkevich represented his homeland at the Olympics in 1992 and 1998 and is a four-time member of Russia's World Championship team (1992, 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2004) and a member of its World Cup team in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Torpedo Yaroslavl USSR-Q 6 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Torpedo Yaroslavl USSR 23 2 1 3 8
1988-89 Torpedo Yaroslavl USSR-Q 24 0
1988-89 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 0 3 3 2
1988-89 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 3 2 5 16
1989-90 Torpedo Yaroslavl USSR 41 2 3 5 39
1989-90 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 0 4 4 8
1990-91 Torpedo Yaroslavl USSR 43 10 5 15 22
1990-91 ShVSM Yaroslavl USSR-3 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 2 4 6 2
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow CIS 41 6 7 13 14
1991-92 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-3 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 1 2 3 4
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 1 1 2 4
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 5 27 32 71 +12
1992-93 Russia WC-A 7 1 4 5 10
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 5 25 30 86 -8
1993-94 Russia WC-A 6 1 2 3 12
1994-95 Torpedo Yaroslavl CIS 10 3 4 7 8
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 5 9 14 47 -4 15 1 5 6 12
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 1 10 11 54 -14 4 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 5 1 1 2 2
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 4 10 14 56 -24
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 0 12 12 78 -13
1997-98 Russia Olympics 6 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Russia WC-A 6 2 2 4 4
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 6 22 28 88 +25 17 1 5 6 22
1999-00 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 7 2 3 5 2
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 3 24 27 55 +2 12 1 1 2 4
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 5 19 24 52 -2 11 0 4 4 12
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 6 13 19 26 +14
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 23 1 6 7 14 -12
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 42 0 3 3 24 -4
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 2 2 4 8 +7 13 1 4 5 2
2003-04 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 35 7 11 18 38 3 0 2 2 2
2003-04 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 Russia-3 2 0 1 1 2
2003-04 Russia WC-A 6 1 1 2 6 0
2004-05 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 54 6 22 28 58
2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 49 8 22 30 38 11 5 10 15 2
NHL Totals 786 43 182 225 659 72 4 19 23 52


Best Defenseman at WC-A (1993) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000) Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 2nd round pick (Francis Larivee) in 1996 NHL Draft for Toronto's 1st round pick (Dainius Zubrus) in 1996 NHL Draft, Toronto's 2nd round pick (Jean-Marc Pelletier) in 1997 NHL Draft and Los Angeles' 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded back to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Mikael Simons) in 1996 NHL Draft, August 30, 1995. Traded to Florida by Toronto for Robert Svehla, July 18, 2002. Traded to Los Angeles by Florida with NY Islanders' 5th round pick (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Brady Murray) in 2003 NHL Draft for Jaroslav Bednar and Andreas Lilja, November 26, 2002. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles for Philadelphia's 4th round pick (later traded to Boston - Boston selected Patrick Valcak) in 2003 NHL Draft and Philadelphia's 7th round pick (Daniel Taylor) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 1, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), November 11, 2003.
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