Andrei Markov, was drafted by Montreal Canadiens 162nd overall in 1998 after starring with his hometown, Voskresensk in 1997-98. After two seasons with Moscow Dynamo, including 1998-99 when he was chosen Russian Defenceman of the Year and 1999-2000 where he was selected Best Defenseman and Most Valuable Player in the Russian League, Markov was ready for the move to North America, and joined the Montreal Canadiens during the 2000-2001 season.
A two-time member of Russia's World Junior Team in 1997 and 1998 and a two-time member of Russia's World Championship Team in 1999 and 2000, Markov collected points in his first two NHL games. Although he spent some time during his first two seasons with the team's AHL affiliate in Quebec, Markov developed steadily, and in 2002-2003, led all Montreal defencemen in scoring with 13 goals and 37 points.
In 2003-04, Markov battled injuries and was limited to 69 games. However, over the next two seasons with the Canadiens he would become one of the team leaders in ice time and a regular in the line-up.
After the 2005 lockout, Markov was a consistent top pairing on the Canadiens blue line. During the 2008-09 season he had a career year by scoring 16 goals and 58 points over the course of 82 games.
Markov would then have injury problems that limited his playing time during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons to 20 games over the course of two years. When the 2012 lockout ended, Markov was back in form on the Canadiens top pairing reaching 40 points during the 2014-15 season.
Aside from his World Junior experience, Markov is a five-time member of Russia's World Championship team and suited up for Team Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Markov is also a three-time Olympian, representing his homeland in 2006, 2010 and on home soil in 2014.