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Nikita Kucherov

Born:June 17, 1993Draft:2011 Lightning, 58th Overall
Hometown:Maikop, RussiaPosition:Right Wing
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:RussiaCurrent Team:Lightning

Nikita Igorevich Kucherov (born 17 June 1993) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Regarded as one of the NHL’s top offensive performers, Kucherov won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer, the Ted Lindsay Award as the best player voted by fellow NHL players, and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player to his team for the 2018–19 season. Kucherov won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2020, leading the league in both assists and points during the playoffs.

Kucherov holds the record for most points by a Russian-born player in a single season (128), as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning playoff record for most points, goals and assists.

Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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Achievements

  • 2009-10 Russia U17 Bronze Medal
  • 2010-11 MHL All-Star Game
  • 2010-11 MHL Champion
  • 2010-11 U18 WJC Best Forward
  • 2010-11 U18 WJC Bronze Medal
  • 2010-11 U18 WJC Most Goals (11)
  • 2010-11 U18 WJC Most Points (21)
  • 2011-12 U20 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2012-13 CHL Player of the Week (Apr. 14)
  • 2012-13 CHL Player of the Week (Feb. 17)
  • 2012-13 U20 WJC Bronze Medal
  • 2013-14 AHL Player of the Week (Nov. 3)
  • 2013-14 AHL Rookie of the Month (October)
  • 2014-15 NHL Best Plus/Minus (+38)
  • 2016-17 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2016-17 NHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2016-17 World Championship Bronze Medal
  • 2016-17 World Championship Most Goals (7)
  • 2017-18 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2017-18 NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2018-19 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2018-19 NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2018-19 NHL Most Assists (87)
  • 2018-19 NHL Most Points (Art Ross Trophy) (128)
  • 2018-19 NHL Most Valuable Player (Hart Trophy)
  • 2018-19 NHL MVP Selected by NHLPA (Ted Lindsay Award)
  • 2018-19 Russian Player of the Year (Valeri Kharlamov Trophy) (TBL)
  • 2018-19 World Championship Best Forward
  • 2018-19 World Championship Bronze Medal
  • 2018-19 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
  • 2019-20 NHL Playoffs Most Assists (27)
  • 2019-20 NHL Playoffs Most Points (34)
  • 2019-20 NHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2019-20 NHL Stanley Cup Champion
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