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Nikolai Khabibulin

Born:January 13, 1973Draft:1992 Jets, 204th Overall
Hometown:Yekaterinburg, RUSPosition:Goalie
Known For:The Bulin WallCatches:Left
National Team:RussiaCurrent Team:Retired

Nikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin is a Russian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Known by the nickname “The Bulin Wall“, he spent the majority of his playing career in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Winnipeg JetsPhoenix CoyotesChicago BlackhawksTampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers.

Khabibulin excelled at the international level, winning two Olympic medals (gold and bronze) and was named Best Goaltender at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was the first Russian goaltender to ever win the Stanley Cup, doing so with Tampa Bay in 2004; until 2020, he was also the only Russian goaltender to start in the Final. He was also a four-time NHL All-Star.

Nikolai Khabibulin Tampa Bay Lightning
Nikolai Khabibulin, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2004 NHL Stanley Cup Final (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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  • U18 EJC Silver Medal — 1990-91
  • Olympic Gold Medal — 1991-92
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal — 1991-92
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1997-98
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1998-99
  • IHL Most Valuable Player (James Gatschne Trophy) — 1999-00
  • NHL All-Star Game — 2001-02
  • Olympic Best Goaltender — 2001-02
  • Olympic Bronze Medal — 2001-02
  • NHL All-Star Game — 2002-03
  • NHL Stanley Cup Champion — 2003-04
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