Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nikolay Kulemin
Nikolia Kulemin was born on July 14, 1986 in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Kulemin played his minor hockey in the Metallurg system, the same system that produced NHL superstar Evgeni Malkin.

In 2005-06, Kulemin made his Russian Super League debut and though he was expected to play a strictly supporting role on the deep Metallurg roster, through hard work and willingness to battle along the boards, Kulemin actually spent time on the club's third line.

Drafted in 2006 by the Maple Leafs, Kulemin would make his NHL debut against the defending Stanley Cup Champions from Detroit on opening night, 2008 and he made an immediate impact, scoring the winning goal in 3-2 Leaf victory.

Kulemin played six seasons with the Maple Leafs before he signed a four year contract with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent.

On the international stage, Kulemin has represented his native Russia ten times. This includes six appearances at the World Championships (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) where he won a Gold Medal in 2012 and 2014. He also represented Russia at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 Russia-3 43 8 18 26 91
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 Russia-3 43 9 13 22 44
2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 31 5 7 12 8 11 2 4 6 6
2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 Russia-3 4 3 1 4 6
2006-07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 54 27 12 39 42 15 10 1 11 10
2006-07 Russia WC-A 9 2 1 3 0
2007-08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 57 21 12 33 63 11 2 2 4 29
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 15 16 31 18 -8
2008-09 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 0 -2
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 16 20 36 16 0
2009-10 Russia WC-A 9 3 2 5 25 +6
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 30 27 57 26 +7
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 7 21 28 6 +2
2012-13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 36 14 24 38 26
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 7 16 23 22 -5 7 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 9 11 20 24 -4
2014-15 New York Islanders NHL 82 15 16 31 21 +7 7 1 1 2 2
2015-16 New York Islanders NHL 81 9 13 22 22 +13 11 1 3 4 2
2016-17 New York Islanders NHL 72 12 11 23 18 +3
NHL Totals 656 120 151 271 173 25 2 5 7 4


Signed as a free agent by Magnitogorsk (KHL), September 15, 2012. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 2, 2014.
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