On January 8th, at the start of the MHL game between Irbis Kazan and Sarmaty Orenburg, Irbis forward Viktor Shakhvorostov scored the 1-0 goal with a nice wristshot only 3.05 seconds after the opening faceoff. This makes a new world record, beating Peter Sivak of HC Zilina, Slovakia, scored only after 3.23 seconds. Sivaka is currently playing for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL, and set his record in 2012. This time, the home game team the contest with a 5-0 score.
It was the first goal of the season in the MHL for Shakhvorostov, who usually plays for Bars Kazan in the VHL, the KHL equivalent of the AHL. The Kazan, Russia, native represented his country at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, scoring one goal and one assist in four games. He was also a member of the U20 national team two years later, but he didn’t made the cut for the WJC. We can pretty much say that making the history for the world’s fastest goal is the biggest achievement of Shakhvorostov in his career so far. He also spent half a season in North America, with a 22-game stint with the Indiana Ice of the USHL in 2012. According to Wikipedia, the fastest NHL goal record belongs to Doug Smail, Bryan Trottier, and Alexander Mogilny, who needed five seconds to score.
Here is Viktor Shakhvorostov profile. The 20-years-old left wing spent most of his career in the Ak Bars Kazan system, but is yet to debut in the KHL. This summer it was announced that he moved to Spartak Moscow, but the transfer didn’t make it trough.
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