Draft: Chicago 2002 (1-21-1)
Acquired: Jan. 20, 2006, trade with Chicago along with a fourth-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft for Danny Richmond and a fourth-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft
First NHL Game: Jan. 8, 2004 in a 3-1 Chicago win vs. Calgary
First NHL Point: Jan. 14, 2004 in a 4-2 Chicago loss at Detroit (assist)
First NHL Goal: Dec. 15, 2005 in a 5-3 Chicago loss at Nashville
Most Goals, Game: 2 - 2x (Last: 4/11/09; 3-2 CAR L @ NJ)
Most Assists, Game: 4 - (4/7/09; 9-0 CAR W vs. NYR)
Most Points, Game: 4 - (4/7/09; 9-0 CAR W vs. NYR)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 4 - 4 times (Last: 12/2/06; 5-2 CAR W vs. BOS)
Anton and his wife, Natalya, welcomed their first child, a son named Anton on July 1, 2010… They spend their summers in Kiev… His nickname is “Babs”… He started playing hockey at the age of five, and his first team was Sokol Kiev… Anton enjoyed watching NHL games on television when he was growing up, and says it was his goal from a very young age to “play in the best league in the world”… His favorite television show is the Russian sitcom “Schastlivy Vmeste” or “Happy Together”… Anton enjoys reading detective novels and prefers Italian food or sushi… His biggest talent outside of hockey is soccer, and he enjoys watching European soccer including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and his hometown team, Dynamo Kiev… His most memorable goal was his overtime goal against Pittsburgh to clinch a playoff spot on 4/4/09… His game-day habits include “a good meal and a good nap”… He chose the number 33 because he wore it last season in Russia and had a really good season… His favorite places to visit in the Triangle are Sullivan’s, Vivace and Firebirds… His favorite websites include tsn.ca, sportsnet.ca and sport-express.ru… He prefers to listen to the radio in his car rather than an iPod… His favorite road city is Montreal, and his favorite road arena is Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Spent the 2009-10 season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), skating in 49 games with Avangard Omsk... Led all Omsk defensemen in goals (9), points (22), power-play goals (4), game-winning goals (2) and plus/minus (+17)... Played in the 2010 KHL All-Star Game in Minsk, scoring a goal for Team Yashin... Skated in two KHL playoff games for Omsk without registering a point.
Is in his fifth NHL season and fourth with Carolina… Though born in the Ukraine, he has represented Russia in several international competitions, including the 2001 and 2002 Under-18 World Junior Championships, capturing a gold medal and a silver medal at those two tournaments, respectively.
1999-00: Skated in 18 games for Elektrostal 2 in Russia
2000-01: Appeared in seven games for Elektrostal... Captured a gold medal with Russia at the 2001 Under-18 World Junior Championships, appearing in six games during the tournament
2001-02: Tallied 15 points (7g, 8a) in 40 games for Elektrostal... Played for Russia at the 2002 Under-18 World Junior Championships, winning silver... Tied for fifth among defensemen at the tournament with six points (3g, 3a)
2002-03: Played 12 games with Ak Bars and 21 games with St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg 2... Represented Russia at the 4 and 5 Nations exhibitions tournaments
2003-04: Made his North American debut, playing for Chicago (NHL) and Norfolk (AHL)... Appeared in five total NHL games for the Blackhawks, recording two assists and two penalty minutes... Made his NHL debut vs. CGY (1/8)... Earned his first NHL assist/point at DET (1/14)... Played in 73 games for Norfolk (AHL), totaling 22 points (8g, 14a) and 89 penalty minutes... Named to the AHL All-Star Team...Won the Sher-Wood Hardest Shot Contest (99.6 mph) during the AHL’s All-Star festivities
2004-05: Played 66 games for Norfolk, registering an AHL-career-high 24 points (8g, 16a)... Played his 100th AHL game on 12/15 vs. Manchester... Selected to the Planet USA All-Star Team for the Dodge AHL All-Star Classic held on 1/27
2005-06: Completed his second NHL season, splitting the season between the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the Hurricanes organization... Established then-NHL-career highs in games played (39), goals (5), assists (5), points (10) and penalty minutes (22)... Was a “Black Ace” during the Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup run, traveling and practicing with the team throughout the postseason... Scored his fifth goal of the season and was (+2) at BUF (3/22)... Recalled from Lowell (3/12)... Was reassigned to Lowell (3/3)... Scored Carolina’s second goal at TB (2/9)... Skated a game high 28:23 of ice time at MTL (1/31)... Scored his first goal as a Hurricane vs. ATL (1/28)... Made his Hurricanes debut at WSH (1/21)... Acquired on Jan. 20 along with Chicago’s fourth round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft for defenseman Danny Richmond and a fourth-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft... Prior to the trade, he had split the season between Chicago (NHL) and Norfolk (AHL), tallying five points (2g, 3a) in 17 games with Chicago and 12 points (5g, 7a) in 24 games with Norfolk... Was assigned to Norfolk (AHL) on Jan. 18... Netted a power-play goal at CBJ (12/26)... Netted his first NHL goal, beating Pekka Rinne, at NSH (12/15)... Made his NHL season debut in a 2-1 Blackhawks OT win vs. NYR (12/7)... Recalled from Norfolk on Dec. 5... Had eight points (4g, 4a) in 22 games at the time of his recall
2006-07: Completed his third NHL season and second with Carolina... Established career highs in games played (52), assists (12), points (14) and penalty minutes (30)... Ranked tied for third among Hurricanes defensemen in scoring (14 points) and third among Carolina skaters in blocked shots (95)... In nine games with Albany, he notched one goal and six assists (7 points)... Suspended by the Hurricanes for failing to report to Albany (AHL) 2/7... Earned two assists and was (+1) vs. TB (1/20)... Assisted on Walker’s game-winning goal vs. FLA (12/26)... Scored the game-winning goal and led all Hurricanes defensemen in ice time with 21:46 at PHI (12/19)... Earned the primary assist on Staal’s first goal and was (+2) vs. BOS (12/2)... Assisted on Staal’s first goal and was (+2) in 20:34 of ice time vs. DAL (11/18)... Assisted on Craig Adams’ goal and was (+2) in 20:10 of ice time vs. NYR (11/15)... Assisted on LaRose’s shorthanded goal vs. PIT (11/11)... Scored his first career game-winning goal with an overtime tally vs. ATL (10/25)... Blocked a game-high seven shots and was (+1) in 21:54 of ice time at NYI (10/21)... Assisted on Williams’ second goal at TB (10/16) for his first point of the season... Was a healthy extra for 17 games (10/4; 10/13; 2/1-2/3; 3/9-4/1; 4/6-4/7).
2007-08: Signed a one-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superliga on May 1, 2007... Led all Omsk defensemen and ranked tied for fifth among Superliga defensemen in scoring with 26 points (9g, 17a) in 57 games played... His 17 assists ranked tied for fifth overall among Omsk skaters... Had one goal and one assist (2 points) in four playoff games.
2008-09: Established new career highs for games played (72), goals (16), assists (19) and points (35) in a season... Among NHL defensemen, ranked tied for fifth in goals (16), tied for third in game-winning goals (4) and tied for eighth in power-play goals (9)... Was first among Hurricanes blueliners in goals (16) and tied for second in points (35)... Became just the fourth defenseman in franchise history to score 16 goals in a season, and the first since Zarley Zalapski netted a team-record 20 goals in the 1991-92 season... Was second among all Carolina skaters in plus/minus (+13) and third overall on the team in power-play goals (9)... Had 22 points, including 12 goals, in the last 24 games of the season (2/19-4/11: 12g, 10a)... Established new career single-game highs for assists and points in a game with four helpers vs. NYI (4/7)... Scored the overtime, game-winning goal vs. PIT (4/4) to help Carolina clinch a berth in the playoffs with a 3-2 victory... Earned his first career multi-goal game with a pair of power-play tallies vs. NJ (3/18)... Scored the game-winning goal on the power play vs. STL (1/2)... Played his 100th game with the Hurricanes at ATL (12/26)... Was on injured reserve from 12/10-12/18 with an elbow injury... Skated a season-high 26:25 of ice time vs. PHI (12/6)... Skated in his 100th career NHL game at STL (10/30)... Netted his first goal of the season -- and first NHL goal since Dec. 19, 2006 -- when he beat Carey Price on the power play at MTL (10/28)... Made his season debut at ANA (10/19)... Missed four games due to injury... Was a healthy extra for six games... Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, earning one assist in 13