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Denis Kulyash
Born May 31, 1983 (1983-05-31) (age 27),

Omsk, Soviet Union



6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team

F. teams

Avangard Omsk

HC Dynamo Moscow HC CSKA Moscow

Ntl. team Russia
NHL Draft 243rd overall, 2004

Nashville Predators

Playing career 2003–present

Denis Kulyash (Russian: Денис Куляш; born May 31, 1983) is a professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Kulyash has been a long-time member of Russia's national ice hockey team known for his extremely hard slap shot.[1]

Playing careerEdit

After failing to make it into the senior team of Avangard Omsk, Denis Kulyash made his Russian Super League debut with HC CSKA, enjoying significant success with the club and as a result getting drafted by the Nashville Predators late in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The young defenceman then signed with HC Dynamo Moscow in a hotly-contested transfer and struggled to play at the same level. His career got back on track when he delivered a productive 2007-08 season after returning to HC CSKA in 2007. In February 2009, Kulyash scored his 50th career goal and thus became a member of the "Fetisov Club".[2]

In January 2010, Kulyash was controversially traded to his home-town club Avangard Omsk in return for two other defencemen, Filipp Metlyuk and Evgeni Kurbatov. He went public with his discontent blaming HC CSKA's General Manager Sergei Nemchinov for the trade.[3] However, Kulyash was quick to retreat expressing his delight at joining his native team.[4] The defenceman managed to score against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, his second game in Avangard's jersey, but was injured in the next game and failed to make an impact throughout the rest of the disappointing season for the club.

KHL statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 HC CSKA Moscow KHL 56 16 10 26 62 8 2 1 3 20
2009–10 HC CSKA Moscow KHL 35 11 10 21 34 - - - - -
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL 6 1 1 2 6 3 0 0 0 4
KHL totals 97 28 21 49 102 11 2 1 3 24

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 3 1 4 6

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