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Ruslan Salei ( ) (born November 2, 1974 in Minskmarker, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Unionmarker) is a professional hockey defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Salei was selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 9th overall at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. In 1992, Prior to being selected for the Ducks, Salei played in his native Belarus for HC Dinamo Minsk in the Russian Elite League. After the 1994-95 season the Russian Elite league re-aligned pushing Tivali Minsk to the side. Salei then came to North America being signed by General Manager Bob Sturmm of the Las Vegas Thunder without Sturmm knowing of his capabilities.

During a successful spell with the Thunder, Salei was drafted by the Ducks and soon signed a three year deal worth $2.25 million. Salei split time betwwen the Ducks, Baltimore Bandits and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL before becoming a full squad member of the Ducks by the end of the 1997–98 season.

In October 1999, Salei was suspended by the NHL for 10 games after he checked Dallas Stars center Mike Modano face first into the boards from behind. Modano suffered a slight concussion, strained ligaments in his neck and a broken nose. Salei played all 21 playoff games in the 2002–03 NHL season which saw the Ducks go all the way to the Stanley Cup finals only to lose in 7 games to the New Jersey Devils.

Salei played with the Ducks until the 2005–06 NHL season, playing 594 regular season games in his career for Anaheim, the franchise record for a Defenseman.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Salei played in the Russian Hockey Super League for AK Bars Kazan.

On July 2, 2006, Salei signed with the Florida Panthers for 4 years, $12 million. Salei quickly settled with the Panthers with his most productive season in 2006-07 where he totaled 32 points scoring 6 goals and 26 assists in 82 regular season games.

On February 26, 2008 at the NHL trade deadline, Salei was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Kārlis Skrastiņš and a third round pick.

Awards

  • Belarus player of the year (2003, 2004)

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Dinamo Minsk REL 9 1 0 1 10
1993–94 Tivali Minsk REL 39 2 3 5 50
1994–95 Tivali Minsk REL 51 4 2 6 44
1995–96 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 76 7 23 30 123 15 3 7 10 18
1996–97 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 8 0 2 2 24 3 2 1 3 6
1996–97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 12 1 4 5 12
1996–97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 30 0 1 1 37
1997–98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 6 3 6 9 14
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 66 5 10 15 70
1998–99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 74 2 14 16 65 3 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 71 5 5 10 94
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 50 1 5 6 70
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 4 7 11 97
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 4 8 12 78 21 2 3 5 26
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 4 11 15 110
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 35 8 11 19 36 3 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 78 1 18 19 114 16 3 2 5 18
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 82 6 26 32 102
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 65 3 20 23 75
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 3 4 7 23 10 1 4 5 4
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 70 4 17 21 72
NHL totals 828 42 146 188 1007 50 6 9 15 52


International play

Played for Belarus in:

  • 1994 -World Championships C
  • 1995 -World Championships C
  • 1998 -Olympic Qualifying
  • 1998 -Olympic Games
  • 1998 -World Championships
  • 2000 -World Championships
  • 2001 -World Championships
  • 2002 -Olympic Games (Fourth Place)
  • 2004 -World Championships B
  • 2005 -Olympic Qualifying
  • 2008 -World Championships
  • 2009 -World Championships


International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Belarus WC-C 6 1 2 3 10
1995 Belarus WC-C 4 0 1 1 4
1998 Belarus OQ 4 0 2 2 18
1998 Belarus OG 7 1 0 1 4
1998 Belarus WC 2 1 0 1 8
2000 Belarus WC 6 0 1 1 6
2001 Belarus WC 6 0 1 1 31
2002 Belarus OG 6 2 1 3 4
2004 Belarus WC-B 5 3 4 7 2
2005 Belarus OQ 2 1 0 1 2
2008 Belarus WC 5 0 2 2 6
2009 Belarus WC 6 2 3 5 6


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