|Born||May 6, 1984
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR,
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA Saint Petersburg
|NHL Draft||21st overall, 2002
Anton Anatoliiovych Babchuk (Ukrainian: Антон Анатолійович Бабчук; born May 6, 1984) is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Playing career[change | change source]
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Babchuk began playing hockey at the age of three. He began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate, a team which included fellow future Ukrainian NHLer Nikolai Zherdev. While participating in an overseas peewee tournament in Quebec, Canada, Babchuk's team found itself competing against a team from Elektrostal, Russia. The rival team's coach, Ravil Iskakhov, took note of both Babchuk and Zherdev, and invited the pair to further their development with the Elemash Elektrostal hockey club of the Russian Major League, to which they accepted together.
He was drafted into the National Hockey League (NHL) 21st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2002 Entry Draft. Babchuk made his North American debut with the Blackhawks affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), in the 2003–04 season. Babchuk also made his NHL debut by seasons end, appearing in five games with the Blackhawks.
In the 2005–06 season, Babchuk was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Danny Richmond on January 20, 2006. Babchuk scored his first goal for the Hurricanes on January 28, 2006. He was also named second star of the game. Babchuk played in 22 games with the Hurricanes for the season and was a part of the extended squad of the Hurricanes as they became the Stanley Cup Champions.
In the 2006–07 season, on February 6, 2007, the Hurricanes activated František Kaberle from injury, forcing them to send Babchuk down to the Albany River Rats. Babchuk was the only possible defenceman they could send down because he was the only one on the Hurricanes' roster that was not subject to waiver wire claims. The next day, Carolina announced that they had suspended Babchuk because of his refusal to report to Albany. In 2007–08, Babchuk played in the Russian Superleague (RSL) for Avangard Omsk.
On July 1, 2008, Babchuk re-signed with the Hurricanes to a one-year contract for the 2008–09 season. He led all Hurricanes' defensemen with 16 goals in 72 games. Following a contract dispute that lead to him requesting a trade out of Carolina, Babchuk turned back to Russia on 19 September 2009, re-signing with Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Avangard Omsk. During the very first training day in Omsk, he broke the ice rink glass with a shot at Arena Omsk. Babchuk was chosen to play on Team Yashin at the 2nd Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game.
On July 1, 2010, Babchuk again re-signed with the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year contract for the 2010-2011 season. This contract was worth 1.4 million US dollars.
Career statistics[change | change source]
|2002–03||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||10||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||SKA Saint Petersburg||RSL||20||3||0||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||5||1||3||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Albany River Rats||AHL||9||1||6||7||2||—||—||—||—||—|
International play[change | change source]
Played for Russia in:
- 2000: 4 Nations Tournament
- 2000: 5 Nations Tournament
- 2002: U18 World Junior Championships
- 2002: 4 Nations Tournament
International statistics[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Anton Babchuk: In North America they play the right kind of hockey". russianprospects.com. 2007-08-08. http://www.russianprospects.com/public/article.php?article_id=525. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Anton Babchuk's first North American interview". russianprospects.com. 2002-06-11. http://www.russianprospects.com/public/article.php?article_id=115. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Nikolai Zherdev: To CSKA fans- Thankyou for your support". russianprospects.com. 2003-01-12. http://www.russianprospects.com/public/article.php?article_id=117. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Blackhawks acquire Danny Richmond in exchange for Anton Babchuk". Chicago Blackhawks. 2006-01-20. http://blackhawks.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=317010&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- "Anton Babchuk agrees to terms with Carolina". Carolina Hurricanes. 2008-07-01. http://hurricanes.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=367301&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
- Babchuk signs with Avangard Omsk
- "Anton Babchuk's first day". Avangard Omsk. 2009-09-21. http://www.hawk.ru/news/5264.html.
- "Babchuk at the first training session broke the barrier glass". Championat.ru. 2009-09-21. http://www.championat.ru/hockey/news-312031.html.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Anton Babchuk – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Anton Babchuk's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Anton Babchuk's NHL player profile
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick