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Anton Babchuk
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Babs
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
212 lb (96 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Avangard Omsk
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
SKA Saint Petersburg
Ak Bars Kazan
Nationality Flag of Ukraine Ukranian & Flag of Russia Russian
Born May 6 1984 (1984-05-06) (age 32),
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2002
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 2002 – present

Anton Anatoliyevich Babchuk is a Ukrainian & Russian ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing careerEdit

Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Babchuk began playing hockey at the age of 3. He began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate; a group which included fellow future Ukrainian NHLer Nikolai Zherdev. While participating in an overseas peewee tournament in Quebec City, 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 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 AHL in the 2003-04 season. Anton also made his NHL debut by seasons end appearing in 5 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 on a two-way contract. The next day Carolina announced that they had suspended Babchuk because of his refusal to report to Albany. In 2007-08, Babchuck played in the Russian Super League 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 club Avangard Omsk. During the very first training day in Omsk he had broken the barrier glass at the "Arena Omsk".

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Elemash Elektrostal RML 7 0 0 0 12
2001–02 Elemash Elektrostal RML 40 7 8 15 90
2002–03 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 10 0 0 0 4
2002–03 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 20 3 0 3 10
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 73 8 14 22 89 8 0 2 2 6
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 0 2 2 2
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 66 8 16 24 88 2 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 5 7 12 22
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 17 2 3 5 16
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 22 3 2 5 6
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 5 1 3 4 0
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 52 2 12 14 30
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 9 1 6 7 2
2007–08 Avangard Omsk RSL 57 9 15 24 30 4 1 1 2 6
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 16 19 35 16 13 0 1 1 10
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL
NHL totals 168 23 38 61 70 13 0 1 1 10
RSL totals 87 12 15 27 44 4 1 1 2 6

International playEdit

Played for Russia in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Russia WJC18 Gold medal icon 6 0 0 0 0
2002 Russia WJC18 Silver medal icon 8 3 3 6 10

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Adam Munro
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Brent Seabrook


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