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Yuri Alexeyevich Khmylev ( , Yuriy Alekseevich Kmylyov; born August 9, 1964, in Moscowmarker, Russiamarker, USSRmarker) is a retired professional ice hockey player. Khmylev played 11 seasons in his native Russiamarker for Krylya Sovetov (Soviet Wings) before being selected as a 27-year-old in the 5th round, 108th overall, of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Russian career

Khmylev represented the former Soviet Unionmarker several times on the international stage, beginning with the 1984 gold medal winning World Junior Championships squad. Khmylev went on to play on the Soviet squads in the 1986, 1987 and 1989 World Championships (winning gold, silver, and gold medals, respectively). He played in Rendez-vous '87, a two-game series in Quebec Citymarker versus a team of National Hockey League all-stars and participated in the Canada Cup later that year, where the Soviets placed second. In 1989, Khmylev played in two games for CSKA Moscow during the Super Series against NHL clubs.

Khmylev also suited up for his long-time team, Krylya Sovetov, when it played several NHL teams during the 1989–90 season, and during the Friendship Tour games in Moscow in 1989 and 1990. His final appearance for Russian hockey came during the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, Francemarker. The Unified Team, consisting of players from former Soviet states, won the gold medal, defeating Canada in the final tournament of the Olympics. Khmylev scored 10 points in eight games during the Olympics.

North American career

Khmylev was selected the following summer by the Sabres and came to North America. He experienced immediate success in the NHL, scoring 20 goals as a rookie in 1992–93 and 27 the following season. His scoring tailed off following the 1994–95 NHL lockout, as he scored just 16 goals in his next 114 games for the Sabres. On March 20, 1996, Khmylev was traded to the St. Louis Blues along with Buffalo's 8th round choice (Andrei Podkonicky) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft for Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, Ottawa's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Buffalo selected Cory Sarich) in 1996 NHL Entry Draft and St. Louis' 3rd round choice (Maxim Afinogenov) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Following the trade, Khmylev went on to play in just nine more NHL games with the Blues, scoring one goal. For his NHL career, Khmylev accumulated 64 goals, 88 assists and 133 penalty minutes in 263 games.

Following a brief stint with Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss Nationalliga A in 1997–98, Khmylev returned to North America for his final professional season. In 1998–99, he suited up for the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League, where he amassed 33 points in 48 games.

Khmylev returned to Buffalomarker following his retirement, as he is now an amateur scout with the Buffalo Sabres. He has a wife, Vera, and a daughter, Olga, who plays tennis.

Awards

Inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992

International Medals:

1984 World Junior Championships - Gold

1986 World Championships - Gold

1987 World Championships - Silver

1989 World Championships - Gold

1992 Winter Olympics - Gold

International statistics

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1984 Soviet Union WJC 7 2 7 9 0
1986 Soviet Union WC 6 2 1 3 4
1987 Soviet Union WC 10 1 1 2 8
1987 Soviet Union CC 9 0 1 1 2
1989 Soviet Union WC 8 1 3 4 8
1992 Unified Team Oly 8 4 6 10 4
1992 CIS WC 5th 5 0 1 1 0
Senior Int'l Totals 46 8 13 21 26

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