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|1984 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 225 overall by Washington Capitals
July 16, 1966
Height: 5-10 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Hometown: Angarsk, Russia
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1984 (gold medal)
Championships: 1984 (gold medal)
European Jr. Championships Best Defenseman: 1984
| Debut: October 23, 1990 (Washington at
Numbers: 3 (Washington); 4, 2
(Quebec); 28 (Boston)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Wash., Quebec, Boston||
AWARDS AND HONORS
Quebec Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (+/- Leader): 1991-92 (plus-8)
Miscellaneous: Missed part of 1991-92 season with strained ribs, an injury
suffered during Quebec's Nov. 16, 1991, game vs. Edmonton. He did not return
to action until Quebec's Nov. 30, 1991, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed part of
1991-92 season with strained ribcage, suffered in Quebec's
Feb. 18, 1992, game vs. Minnesota. He did not return until
Quebec's March 3, 1992, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season
with broken right thumb, an injury suffered during Quebec's Nov.
11, 1992, game at Ottawa. He did not return until Quebec's Dec. 13, 1992,
game at Vancouver. ... Missed remainder of 1992-93 season with sprained
back, an injury suffered in
Quebec's March 15, 1993, game vs. Toronto. ... Signed one-year contract with Boston as unrestricted free agent on July
30, 1993. ... Waived by Boston on Oct. 4, 1993, but was not claimed by any
team, forcing him to remain with Boston. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with
back spasms, an injury
suffered during Boston's Oct. 11, 1993, game vs. Montreal. He did not return
to action until Boston assigned him to Providence (AHL) on Nov. 2, 1993, and
never returned to the NHL after that demotion.
Kiev, Moscow Dynamo (USSR); Providence (AHL)|
NHL-USSR Rendez-vous Series: 1987
Canada Cup: 1991
World Championships: 1990
World Jr. Championships: 1985 (bronze medal),
1986 (gold medal)
AWARDS AND HONORS
USSR Championship: 1990
World Championships Best Defenseman:
World Junior Championships Best
World Championships All-Star First Team: 1990
World Junior Championships All-Star
First Team: 1985, 1986
USSR All-Star First Team: 1989-90
1990-91: Played 11 regular-season
games for Moscow Dynamo team that went on to win USSR championship, but was
not with team during postseason because he had already left Soviet Union to
play in NHL.
Miscellaneous: Missed remainder of 1985 World Jr.
Championships with concussion, an injury suffered when he was checked by
Wendel Clark during USSR's game vs. Canada Was on Moscow Dynamo team that
was one of four Soviet teams to play exhibition games vs. Calgary and
Washington during 1989 NHL Friendship Tour of USSR. ... Was on Moscow
Dynamo team that came to North America during 1989-90 season to compete
against NHL teams in the Super Series. ... Was on Moscow Dynamo team that
played exhibition games vs. Montreal and Minnesota in 1990 NHL
Friendship Tour of USSR. ... Suspended by Boston in November 1993 after he
failed to report to the Providence (AHL) team physician for a checkup after
playing in only three AHL games. Boston later bought out his contract,
and he opted to retire.
Tatarinov's Place in History: In October
1990, while starring for Moscow Dynamo, Tatarinov was released by Soviet Union
to enter the NHL. He arrived in Washington on Oct. 20, 1990, after Soviet
gave him what was once unimaginable permission to make the trip. As a result, at age 24,
Tatarinov became the
first young Soviet player (under age 30) to be allowed to enter the NHL
without having to defect from his home country. The deal for Tatarinov's
release was worked out in a series of intense negotiations
between Soviet officials and Jack Button, Washington's director of player
personnel. The Capitals reportedly paid the Soviets between $200,000 and
$400,000 for letting Tatarinov leave home. He agreed to a Capitals contract
while still in Moscow, and then came to Washington after the Caps arranged
visas for Tatarinov, his wife, and their 2-year-old baby, Vladimir.
Tatarinov later said that even though he really wanted to play in the NHL,
he had never considered defecting because "I wanted everybody's blessing."
Although Tatarinov's ability to enter the NHL was nothing short of a
breakthrough, less than one year later, the Soviet Union collapsed, opening
the NHL floodgates for Soviet players of all ages.
Personal: Worked as radio
color commentator for Canucks.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Washington traded Tatarinov to Quebec in exchange for Toronto's 1991
second-round pick (Eric Lavigne) on June 22, 1991.||
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