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Maxim Afinogenov
Maxim Afinogenov
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
191 lb (87 kg)
NHL Team Buffalo Sabres
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Born September 4 1979 (1979-09-04) (age 37),
Moscow, RSFSR, USSR
NHL Draft 69th overall, 1997
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 1996 – present

Maxim Sergeyevich Afinogenov born September 4, 1979 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently an unrestricted free agent. In 2008-2009 he was playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known for his skating speed and is currently the longest-tenured Sabre, having played for the club since his rookie campaign in 1999–00.

Playing career Edit

Maxim Afinogenov was a forward for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Hockey Super League for four seasons. He was drafted 69th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and played his rookie NHL season in 1999–2000, scoring 34 points in 65 games, while also playing in 15 games with the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Following his third season with the Sabres, a 21-goal, 40-point campaign in 2001–02, Afinogenov re-signed with a 2-year, $2.4 million contract on September 4, 2002. However, that same day, while playing a pickup game in in Moscow, he took a puck to the head, suffering a concussion. He was limited to just 35 games in the subsequent season, managing just 11 points. The next season, in 2003–04, he recorded his first career hat trick on December 31, 2003, at the HSBC Arena in a 7–1 win against the Washington Capitals. He finished the season bouncing back from his previous concussion-riddled season with 17 goals and 31 points.

After spending the 2004–05 season back in Russia with HC Dynamo Moscow due to the NHL lockout, Afinogenov recorded his best season to date when NHL play resumed in 2005–06 with personal bests of 51 assists and 73 points. As the Sabres embarked on a playoff run to the semi-finals, where they were defeated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, Afinogenov added 8 points in 18 post-season games. He continued his scoring pace the following season in 2006–07 and, despite missing 26 games, scored 61 points and a career-high 23 goals. During the season, Sabres backup goalie Martin Biron was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline in February 2007, making Afinogenov the longest-serving Sabre on the roster. His production tailed off in 2007–08, however, managing just 28 points in the same number of games as the previous season.


Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 29 6 5 11 10
1997–98 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 35 10 5 15 53
1998–99 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 38 8 13 21 24 16 10 6 16 14
1999–00 Rochester Americans AHL 15 6 12 18 8 8 3 1 4 4
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 16 18 34 41 5 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 14 22 36 40 11 2 3 5 4
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 21 19 40 69
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 5 6 11 21
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 17 14 31 57
2004–05 HC Dynamo Moscow RSL 36 13 14 27 91 10 4 4 8 8
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 22 51 73 84 18 3 5 8 10
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 23 38 61 66 15 5 4 9 6
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 10 18 28 42
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 6 14 20 20
RSL totals 139 37 37 74 178 30 14 12 26 22
NHL totals 569 134 200 334 440 49 10 13 23 22

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Russia Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2008 Canada
Winter Olympics
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City
World Junior Championships
Silver 1998 Helsinki

Played for Russia in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Russia WC 6 2 1 3 2
2000 Russia WC 6 1 0 1 4
2002 Russia Oly 6 2 2 4 4
2004 Russia WCH 4 0 1 1 2
2005 Russia WC 9 3 2 5 6
2006 Russia Oly 8 1 0 1 10
2008 Russia WC 5 1 6
Senior Int'l Totals 39 9 6 15 28


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