First NHL Game: 10/2/97; 6-5 Boston win vs. Los Angeles
First NHL Goal: 10/25/97; 5-4 Boston loss vs. Florida (Vanbiesbrouck)
First NHL Point: 10/8/97; 3-2 Boston win at Phoenix (assist)
Most Goals, Game:: 3 (4/9/98; 4-1 Boston win vs. New York Islanders)
Most Assists, Game: 3 - 8 times (Last: 4/13/02; 7-1 Boston win vs. Pittsburgh)
Most Points, Game: 4 (11/27/01; 6-3 Boston win vs. Tampa Bay)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 19 (2/28/02; 6-2 Boston loss vs. Carolina)
Shootout Stats: 15 attempts, 5 goals (33%), 3 game-deciding goals
Sergei and his wife, Meghan, have two daughters, Natasha (6) and Anya (4)... The Samsonovs have two dogs and spend their summers in Michigan... Sergei works with a group in Michigan that allows athletes with special needs to play hockey... His first youth team was in the Red Army program when he was just six years old and the player he emulated growing up was Sergei Makarov... He also played soccer and basketball as a kid... The most-played artist on Samsonov’s iPod is Linkin Park and his favorite food is sushi... The people who most influenced his career were his parents, particularly his father who “taught me how to play hockey”... The people from history he would most like to meet are “the players on some of the old Russian teams” and the current celebrity he would most like to meet is Ray Romano... Sergei’s biggest talent outside of hockey is golf and his first job was as a hockey player... Sergei’s favorite holiday is Christmas and his favorite Web site is cnn.com... He wears number 14 because he was originally assigned 13 with the Bruins and didn’t care for it, so he was assigned the next number up... His most memorable goal was his first NHL goal on 10/25/97 against the Florida Panthers... His favorite thing about playing professional hockey is the experience of doing something as a group, as opposed to alone in an individual sport... The place he spends the most time in the Triangle other than home and the rink is Crabtree Valley Mall... Sergei’s favorite teams to play against are the Canadian teams.
Completed his 12th NHL season and third with the Hurricanes... Was tied for fifth on the team in goals (14)... Earned the primary assist on Cole’s goal and was (+1) at TB (3/23)... Played his 800th career NHL game when he skated vs. BUF (3/21)... Earned a pair of assists and was (+1) at ATL (3/7)... Scored his 13th goal of the season and was (+1) at TOR (3/2)... Scored the overtime, game-winning goal and assisted on Sutter’s goal vs. BUF (2/11)... Set up Kostopoulos’ game-tying goal for his 100th Hurricanes point at BUF (2/5)... Scored Carolina’s first goal and earned an assist on Cullen’s goal vs. CHI (1/30)... Earned his first multi-goal game of the season with a pair of scores at NYR (1/27)... Scored a power-play goal at ATL (1/21)... Returned to action vs. TB (1/18) after missing seven games with an upper- body injury... Netted his seventh goal of the season at WSH (12/28)... Found the net for the second consecutive game and was (+1) vs. NYR (12/21)... Scored his fifth goal of the season and was (+1) vs. FLA (12/19)... Netted his fourth goal of the season vs. VAN (12/5)... Scored his third goal of the season and matched his season-high with four shots vs. ATL (11/27)... Earned his 300th career NHL assist with a helper on LaRose’s goal vs. TB (11/21)... Netted his second goal of the season vs. TOR (11/6)... Assisted on Sutter’s goal and was (+1) at PHI (10/31)... Netted his first goal of the season with a power-play tally at MIN (10/24)... Scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout vs. TB (10/6)... Earned his first point of the season with an assist on Walker’s goal at BOS (10/3)... Games missed due to injury: 10 (lower body: 12/9-12/12; upper body: 1/2-1/16)... Longest goal streak: 2 games (12/19-12/21: 2g, 0a)... Longest assist streak: 2 games (10/9-10/10: 0g, 2a)... Longest point streak: 2 games (10/9-10/10: 0g, 2a; 12/19-12/21: 2g, 0a; 1/21-1/23: 1g, 1a)... Multi-goal games: 1 (1/27 at NYR: 2g, 0a)... Multi-assist games: 1 (3/7 at ATL: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 4 (last: 3/7 at ATL: 0g, 2a).
Is in his fourth season with the Hurricanes and 13th in the NHL... Signed a three-year contract with Carolina on April 16, 2008... Was drafted by Boston in 1997 with one of three first-round picks that the Bruins received from the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Glen Wesley... Has appeared in one All-Star Game, notching one goal and one assist for the World team at the 2001 NHL All-Star Game... Won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1997-98... Had also won rookie of the year honors in the IHL in 1996-97, making him just the second player to win a rookie of the year award at a minor pro level and the NHL in consecutive seasons (Roger Crozier: AHL in 1964, NHL in 1965)... Has represented Russia in major international competitions four times, beginning with the 1996 U-20 World Junior Championship... Won a bronze medal at the 1997 Under-20 World Junior Championship, leading the tournament in goals with six... Was named the tournament’s outstanding forward and to the tournament’s All-Star team... Won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, tallying one goal and two assists (3 points) in six games... Represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, recording three points (1g, 2a)... Also played for the Red Army team, scoring 110 goals in 50 games with the Red Army Junior team in 1994-95 before being promoted to the elite team later that season... Notched 23 goals and 19 assists (42 points) in 64 career games with the Red Army elite team...
1996-97: Played his first professional season and first season of North American hockey, helping Detroit (International Hockey League) capture the Turner Cup championship... Was just 17 years old at the start of the season... Finished the year second among IHL rookies in scoring with 64 points (29g, 35a) and was named the IHL’s Rookie of the Year... Led the Vipers with a plus-33 plus/minus rating... Netted four goals in Game 1 of the IHL Finals vs. Long Beach, the only four-goal game in Vipers history
1997-98: Won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team after scoring 22 goals and earning 25 assists (47 points) in 81 games with Boston... Led all rookies in goals (22), power-play goals (7) and power-play points... Was the only rookie to record a hat trick during the season, netting three goals vs. NYI (4/9)... Made his NHL debut vs. LA (10/2)... Earned his first NHL point with an assist at PHX (10/8)... Scored his first NHL goal vs. FLA (10/25)... Missed one game due to the flu
1998-99: Reached the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season... Led the team and ranked tied for third in the NHL in game-winning goals (8)... Played his 100th career game vs. WSH (11/21)... Missed three games due to injury
1999-00: Registered his 100th career point with an assist at DAL (10/15)... Played his 200th career game at NYI (1/4)... Missed five games with a knee injury
2000-01: Established career highs in goals (29), assists (46) and points (75)... Played in his 300th career NHL game vs. PHX (2/27)... Earned his 100th NHL assist at MTL (1/10)... Reached the 200-point plateau with a two-point outing vs. PHX (2/27)... Had 23 multi-point efforts, including four three-point games... Played for the World team at the 2001 NHL All-Star Game
2001-02: Netted 20 goals in a season for the fourth time, equaling his career high with 29 goals... Scored his 100th NHL goal vs. MIN (11/8)... Had 17 multi-point games, including a career-high four points vs. TB (11/27)... Missed six games with a knee injury
2002-03: Limited to just eight regular-season games played due to a wrist injury... Three of his five goals were game-winners... Had multi-point games in four of the eight games played, and points in six of eight... Was just the third Bruin in history and first since 1986 to score a game-winning goal at 19:59 of the third period when he did so at COL (10/14)... Played his 400th NHL game at BUF (12/18)... Missed 74 games with the wrist injury, including 47 following bone graft surgery on 12/24... Returned to the ice for the final game of the regular season and the playoffs
2003-04: Had nine multi-point games including three three-point efforts... Scored overtime winners at ANA (10/19) and vs. MTL (3/27)... Recorded his 300th NHL point vs. NJ (10/8)... Missed 23 games due to injuries (9-knee, 14-ribs)... Led the Bruins in playoff scoring with seven points (2g, 5a) in seven games, including three multi-point efforts
2004-05: Played three games with Dynamo Moscow, scoring one goal... Added 3 points (1g, 2a) in three playoff games as Dynamo captured the Russian League championship
2005-06: Appeared in 55 games, notching 37 points (18g, 19a) with Boston prior to being traded to Edmonton on 3/9... Netted five goals and 11 assists (16 points) in 19 regular-season games with the Oilers... Scored more than 20 goals in an NHL season for the fifth time in his career... Had 12 multi-point games on the season... Scored four goals and added 11 assists (15 points) in 24 playoff games for Edmonton... Had 10 power-play points (4g, 6a) as the Oilers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals before falling to Carolina in seven games
2006-07: Played 63 games for Montreal, totaling 26 points (9g, 17a)... Earned his first point with the Canadiens with an assist at PHI (10/11)... Scored his first Canadiens goal vs. OTT (10/14)... Earned his 400th NHL point with an assist vs. EDM (11/7).
2007-08: Completed his 10th NHL season and first with Carolina... Had 32 points (14g, 18a) and was (+7) in 38 games as a Hurricane after being acquired on waivers from Chicago on 1/8... Ranked second among Hurricanes skaters, behind only Eric Staal, in goals (14), assists (18) and points (32), during his 38 games with the team... Had just four assists and was (-7) in 23 games with Chicago prior to being assigned to Rockford (AHL) on Jan. 2... Equaled his point total with the Blackhawks in just his fourth game with the Hurricanes... Was 1-for-3 in the shootout for the season... Had points in 10 of the last 15 games (3/1-4/4: 5g, 9a)... Netted his 14th goal of the season with a power-play tally vs. FLA (4/4)... Scored the game-winning goal in the shootout at FLA (3/20)... Had his second consecutive multi-point game with a goal and an assist at ATL (3/19)... Earned two power-play assists vs. OTT (3/16)... Netted his 12th goal of the season and was (+2) in a season-high 23:04 of ice time vs. BUF (3/8)... Scored a pair of goals, assisted on Corvo’s game-winner and was named first star vs. TB (3/1)... Scored both Hurricanes goals, including the overtime game-winner, vs. NJ (2/26)... Earned a pair of helpers and was (+2) vs. WSH (2/23)... Scored his sixth goal of the season and was named third star vs. FLA (2/16)... Netted the game-winning goal and earned an assist at BOS (2/12)... Set up Ladd’s goal – the eventual game winner – at WSH (2/8)... Notched his third goal of the season and was (+2) vs. NYR (1/29)... Scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Brind’Amour’s goal vs. EDM (1/18)... Netted his first goal with the Hurricanes and had a pair of assists at TOR (1/15)... Earned his first point with the Hurricanes with the primary assist on Cole’s goal vs. COL (1/12)... Made his Carolina Hurricanes debut at BOS (1/8), just seven hours after being claimed on re-entry waivers by the Hurricanes... Was claimed by the Hurricanes on re-entry waivers on Jan. 8... Was assigned to Rockford (AHL) on Jan. 2... Missed game at CGY (11/22) because of flu... Played in his 600th NHL game at DET (10/12)... Earned his first point for the Blackhawks (assist) vs. DET (10/6)... Was a healthy extra for 14 games with Chicago.
2008-09: Ranked fifth on the team in scoring (48 points) and fourth on the team in assists (32)... Ranked tied for third on the team in games played (81)... His 32 assists marked his highest season total since he had 41 with Boston in 2001-02... Assisted on the goal by Eaves at FLA (3/23) for his 500th career NHL point... Skated in his 100th game with the Hurricanes at OTT (2/24)... Netted his 11th goal of the season and earned three assists to match his career high for points in a game with four at PHX (2/7)... Played his 700th NHL game at BOS (1/10)... Scored his 200th career NHL goal with a power-play tally vs. NJ (1/6)... Skated in 17 of Carolina’s 18 postseason contests... Ranked third on the team in playoff goals (5)... Scored his fifth goal of the playoffs in Game 3 vs. PIT (5/23)... Led the team in plus/minus (+3) and was tied for the team lead in goals (4) during the Boston series... Scored his first goal of the playoffs and earned the primary assist on Jokinen’s overtime game-winner in Game 3 vs. BOS (5/6)... Made his Hurricanes playoff debut in Game 1 at NJ (4/15).