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Vladimir Tarasenko

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Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (born 13 December 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, he played in the system of Sibir Novosibirsk organization, first playing for the senior team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2008–09. He spent a total of three seasons with Novosibirsk before being traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in 2012. Tarasenko was selected in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Blues, joining the team for the 2012–13 season. Since then, he has been one of St. Louis’ leading scorers and has played in three NHL All-Star Games. Tarasenko won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Blues in 2019.

Playing career


Tarasenko made his professional debut with Sibir Novosibirsk in 2008–09, scoring seven goals and ten points in 38 games and was the runner up in voting for Rookie of the Year in the KHL’s inaugural season.[1][2] He was released to play with the Russian junior team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he scored eight goals in seven games and was named a tournament all-star as Russia won silver.[3] Tarasenko returned to Sibir in 2009–10 as the seventh-youngest player in the League.[3] He again represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, finishing third in team scoring with five points in six games.[4]

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Tarasenko (left foreground) with HC Sibir, December 2011

International Scouting Services (ISS) ranked Tarasenko as the top-ranked European skater, and fourth overall, in its mid-term rankings ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[5] Described by scouts as strong and mobile with no glaring weaknesses, Tarasenko had expressed interest in playing in the NHL,[3] though his father, also his coach with Sibir, believed it was important that his son remain in Russia.[2] Tarasenko was ultimately drafted by St. Louis Blues in the first round, 16th overall, at the 2010 Draft with the pick obtained via a trade from the Ottawa Senators St. Louis had acquired in exchange for David Rundblad.[6]

On 13 January 2012, Tarasenko was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in exchange for Vyacheslav Solodukhin.[7] On 2 June 2012, Tarasenko announced that he would be moving to North America to play in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues rather than staying and playing in the KHL.[8] As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout that cancelled a large part of the NHL regular season, however, Tarasenko instead returned to SKA to begin 2012–13. He credited the decision in part to a desire to play with Ilya Kovalchuk, the captain of the team who also joined as a result of the lockout.[9]

St. Louis Blues

Once the lockout ended, Tarasenko began the shortened, 48-game 2012–13 season with the Blues. He scored his first and second career NHL goals on the first two shots of his league debut on 19 January 2013, against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–0 blowout. On 4 February, Tarasenko was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January after scoring five goals and four assists (nine points).[10] He ultimately finished his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games.

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Tarasenko during team practice with the St. Louis Blues, January 2013

On 19 March 2014, towards the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Tarasenko underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury sustained in a 4–1 Blues win over the Nashville Predators. He was expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, but made a quick recovery, returning to play in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs where he scored four goals in the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.[11]

On 28 October 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Tarasenko recorded his first career NHL hat-trick against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars and was later named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after scoring five goals and one assist during the week.[12] Tarasenko finished the regular season leading the Blues in both goals (37) and points (73), also finishing fifth in the league in goals and ninth in total points. On 18 April 2015, Tarasenko scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff hat-trick against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of St. Louis’ Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup. In the series, he scored six goals and one assist (seven points), though the Blues ultimately fell to the Wild in six games.[13] On 7 July 2015, during the subsequent off-season, Tarasenko, as a restricted free agent, signed an eight-year, $60 million contract with St. Louis at an annual average value of $7.5 million.[14] Tarasenko is known for his very accurate and unique wrist shot, which has earned him a reputation as one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the NHL. He is one of two players to score at least 30 goals in each of the last five seasons, along with fellow-Russian Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

On 12 June 2019, Tarasenko won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019, St. Louis’ first Stanley Cup in their 52-year franchise history. During the Blues’ 2019 playoff run, Tarasenko recorded 11 goals, the second-highest total among Blues players and the third-highest among all players in the playoffs. In game 5 of the 2019 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, Tarasenko became the first player in Blues playoff history to score a goal on a penalty shot.[15]

On 24 October 2019, during a 5–2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, Tarasenko was forced to leave the game after getting tangled up with Kings defenceman Sean Walker. Four days later, it was announced that Tarasenko would require shoulder surgery and be sidelined at least five months.

International play

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Tarasenko with the Russian men’s national ice hockey team in April 2011
Medal record
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Ice hockey
World Championships
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World Junior Championships
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IIHF World U18 Championship
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Internationally, Tarasenko has played for the Russian junior team three times, winning a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, sixth place at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and captained Russia to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. At the senior level, Tarasenko has also played for Russia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship and was a member of the Russian national team for the 2014 Winter Olympics held in his native Russia, in Sochi.

Personal life

Tarasenko’s father, Andrei, is a former Russian league scoring champion and Olympian who competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics.[3]

Tarasenko married his wife, Yana, on July 1, 2015.[16] The couple have three children: Mark, Aleksandr (born May 17, 2016),[17] and Artem (born June 6, 2019).[18] Mark is his stepson.[16]

Tarasenko was the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 17. [19]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Sibir-2 Novosibirsk RUS-3 17 6 4 10 2
2008–09 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 38 7 3 10 2
2009–10 Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk MHL 1 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 42 13 11 24 18
2010–11 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 42 9 10 19 8 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk MHL 3 2 2 4 2
2011–12 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 39 18 20 38 15
2011–12 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 15 5 4 9 0 15 10 6 16 6
2012–13 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 31 14 17 31 8
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 8 11 19 10 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 21 22 43 16 6 4 0 4 0
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 37 36 73 31 6 6 1 7 0
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 40 34 74 37 20 9 6 15 2
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 39 36 75 12 11 3 3 6 0
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 33 33 66 17
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 33 35 68 22 26 11 6 17 4
2019–20 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 3 7 10 0 4 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 207 66 65 131 51 18 10 6 16 6
NHL totals 507 214 214 428 145 74 33 16 49 6


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC18 16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Vladimir Tarasenko NHL 8 8 7 15 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 4 1 5 2
2011 Russia WJC 16px-Gold_medal_icon.svg Vladimir Tarasenko NHL 7 4 7 11 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 6 1 0 1 0
2014 Russia Oly 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2015 Russia WC 16px-Silver_medal_icon.svg Vladimir Tarasenko NHL 9 4 3 7 2
Junior totals 20 16 15 31 8
Senior totals 20 5 4 9 2

Awards and honors

Award Year
Rookie of the Month (January)[20] 2013
NHL All-Star Game 2015, 2016, 2017
NHL Second All-Star Team 2015, 2016
EA Sports NHL cover athlete 2017
Stanley Cup champion 2019 [21]
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[22] 2009

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