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Alexei Zhitnik

Born:Oct. 10, 1972Draft:1991 Kings #81 Overall
Hometown:Kyiv, UKRPosition:D
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:Russia/UkraineCurrent Status:Retired

Oleksiy Mykolaiovych “Alexei” Zhitnik (Ukrainian: Олексій Миколайович Житник, Russian: Алексей Николаевич Житник; born October 10, 1972) is a Ukrainian former professional ice hockey defenceman. Zhitnik has played more games in the NHL (1,085) than any other Ukrainian-born defenceman. He has represented the Soviet Union, CIS, and Russia internationally, and Ukraine during two NHL All-Star Games. His number, 13, has been honored by Sokil Kyiv.

Alexei Zhitnik Buffalo Sabres
Alexei Zhitnik, Buffalo Sabres (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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Staff History

  • Sokol Kiev (Ukraine)- President 2020-2022


  • U18 EJC Silver Medal 1989-1990
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal 1990-1991
  • Olympic Gold Medal 1991-1992
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal 1991-1992
  • World Championship All-Star Team 1995-1996
  • World Championship Best Defenseman 1995-1996
  • Olympic Silver Medal 1997-1998
  • NHL Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (4) 1998-1999
  • NHL Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman (15) 1998-1999
  • KHL All-Star Game 2008-2009
  • Spengler Cup All-Star Team 2008-2009