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Denis Arkhipov

Born:May 19, 1979Draft: 1998 Predators, 60th Overall
Hometown:Kazan, Russian SFSRPosition:Centre
Known For:Continental Cup ChampionShoots:Left
National Team:RussiaCurrent Status:Retired

Denis Arkhipov (born May 19, 1979) is a former Russian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2006-2007 season. Drafted 60th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Arkhipov made his NHL debut in the 2000-01 season after spending the previous two years in Russia with Ak Bars Kazan. Splitting time between Nashville and their minor-league affiliate Milwaukee Admirals. The following season, he played in all 82 games, registering a career-high 42 points in 82 games. His 20 goals led the team in that department, but the team failed to make the playoffs that year. Following two more seasons with a Nashville team that fell short of the postseason, Arkhipov opted to return to Russia.

After two seasons with Russian clubs Ak Bars Kazan and Khimik Mytishchi, Arkhipov returned to the NHL, signing a contract with the Blackhawks as a free agent. In 79 games, he registered 10 goals and 27 points, but once again failed to make it out of the regular season with a playoff spot. Following the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, Arkhipov returned to Russia for the second and final time, signing with Ak Bars Kazan. His playing time lasted six more seasons, all in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), playing for Atlant Mytishchi, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, CSKA Moskva, and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.

Internationally, Arkhipov represented Russia on four occasions, capturing a World Junior Championship silver medal in 1998 and a gold medal in the same tournament, one year later. He’s also the youngest player in Predators’ franchise history to score 20 goals, doing so at the age of 21, a record that still holds to this day.

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  • RSL Champion (1998)
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal (1998)
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal (1999)
  • Continental Cup Champion (2008)