Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nikolai Tsulygin
After spending three seasons playing in his Russian hometown of Ufa, and twice representing his country at the World Junior Championships, defenseman Nikolai Tsulygin came to North America to pursue his career.

A second round draft choice of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Tsulygin turned pro with the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League in 1995-96. During just his second year as a pro, Tsulygin found himself patrolling an NHL blue line. Though he spent some time in the minors in year two, he was summoned by the Ducks and ended up playing 22 games for them. Tsulygin chipped in one assist during his first exposure to big league play. But what should have been the beginning of his NHL career proved to be the end.

After spend all of the next two campaigns toiling in the minors, Tsulygin grew frustrated and returned home to Russia for the 1999-00 season. He suited up for just 19 games with Ak-Bars Kazan that year then hung up his skates.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Avangard Ufa USSR-3 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Salavat Yulayev Ufa USSR-2 4 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Avangard Ufa CIS-3 15 1 3 4 8
1991-92 Salavat Yulayev Ufa CIS-2 10 0 1 1 2
1992-93 Salavat Yulayev Ufa CIS 42 5 4 9 21 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Russia WJC-A 5 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Russia EJC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1993-94 Salavat Yulayev Ufa CIS 43 0 14 14 24
1993-94 Salavat Novoil Ufa CIS-3 1 0
1993-94 Russia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 12
1994-95 CSKA Moscow CIS 16 0 0 0 12
1994-95 CSKA Moscow 2 CIS-2 1 0
1994-95 Salavat Yulayev Ufa CIS 13 2 2 4 10 7 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Baltimore Bandits AHL 78 3 18 21 109 12 0 5 5 18
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 22 0 1 1 8 -5
1996-97 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 5 2 1 3 8
1996-97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 17 4 13 17 8 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 77 5 31 36 63 -13
1998-99 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 27 4 9 13 40
1998-99 Novoil Ufa Russia-4 1 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 17 1 4 5 8 +3
1999-00 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 19 1 5 6 18 12 2 0 2 8
2000-01 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 34 3 5 8 46
2000-01 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 10 2 2 4 6 9 0 1 1 10
2001-02 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 44 3 9 12 12
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 15 1 2 3 14
2002-03 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Russia 19 3 4 7 30
2003-04 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Russia 51 7 20 27 54 5 1 1 2 10
2004-05 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 47 5 5 10 48
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow Russia 8 0 0 0 8 5 0 1 1 6
2005-06 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 37 3 10 13 40 6 0 0 0 8
2006-07 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Russia 13 0 1 1 14
2006-07 Sibir Novosibirsk Russia 33 0 4 4 36 6 0 0 0 18
2007-08 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Russia 14 0 0 0 12
NHL Totals 22 0 1 1 8


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