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SKA players at the third stage of the 2020/2021 Euro Hockey Tour

Russian national teamEuro Hockey TourVasily PodkolzinAlexander SamonovYaroslav AskarovMarat KhusnutdinovNikita ChibrikovKirill KirsanovMaxim Groshev
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February 11. Russia - Finland - 3:2

Forward Nikita Chibrikov became the youngest SKA player to make his debut for the senior Russian national team at the age of 17 years, 11 months and 26 days. The previous was held by defenseman Kirill Kirsanov (18 years, 1 month, 17 days).

Nikita is the third player in history to play in his first match for the senior national team when being younger than 18, following in the footsteps of Vladislav Tretiak (17 years, 7 months, 8 days) and Alexander Ovechkin (17 years, 11 months, 15 days).

Alexander Samonov is the first SKA goalkeeper out of 11 who took two penalty minutes in one Euro Hockey Tour match.

February 13. Russia - Sweden - 2:1 SO

Two days after making his debut, Nikita Chibrikov tallied his maiden point as he dished out an assist for Russia's equalising goal in the second period. Nikita is indeed the youngest player (17 years, 11 months, 28 days) to register a point for the senior Russian national team. However, in the overall national team ranking, Nikita is still behind leader Alexander Ovechkin (17 years, 11 months, 17 days).

SKA players at the third stage of the 2020/2021 Euro Hockey Tour

Alexander Samonov is the first SKA Russian national team goalkeeper who earned two victories in penalty shootouts at the Euro Hockey Tour. His first arrived against the Swedes in Moscow in December. Earlier in the season, in the first stage of the 2020/2021 competition, Yaroslav Askarov also won a shootout for Russia.

Jakub Stepanek (2 wins, Czech Republic), Alexander Salak (1 win, Czech Republic) and Mikko Koskinen (2 wins, Finland) are the only foreign SKA goalkeepers who have won penalty shootouts for their respective countries in the Euro Hockey Tour competition.

February 15. Russia - Czech Republic - 7:4

Forward Vasily Podkolzin scored the 100th goal by a SKA player for the Russian national team at the Euro Hockey Tour. Andrei Kuzmenko is SKA's top scorer in the tournament for Russia with 11 goals.

39 different SKA representatives have scored at least one Euro Hockey Tour goal. 70 SKA skaters (excluding goalkeepers) have participated in the tournament.

Askarov, Samonov, Kirsanov, Maxim Groshev, Podkolzin, Marat Khusnutdinov and Chibrikov all won the Swedish Hockey Games as a consequence of this triumph over the Czech Republic.

At the age of 17 years, 11 months and 29 days, Chibrikov became the youngest SKA player to score a goal for the senior Russian national team. The previous record of 18 years, three months and 19 days had been set by fellow forward Khusnutdinov in late 2020 at the first stage of the Euro Hockey Tour in Finland.

Nikita is the second youngest player in the history to score for the senior Russian national team, trailing only Ovechkin (17 years, 11 months, 21 days).

On his sixth appearance for the senior Russian national team, Kirill Kirsanov earned his first point as he made an assist.

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