Former Detroit Red Wings superstar forward Pavel Datsyuk carved out an NHL career that saw him consistently listed as one of hockey’s top players.
After he returned home to his native Russia to continue his professional career, he continued to play at a high level for the KHL’s SKA Saint Petersburg. He’s spent the last two years with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, and has now released a statement regarding his future playing professional hockey:
One more year of Magic Man? pic.twitter.com/p3OIkb5Etm
— KHL (@khl_eng) July 13, 2021
During his NHL career, Datsyuk scored 314 goals with 918 total points. He helped the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship, and was also part of the 2002 championship team. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy three times as the NHL’s top defensive forward, as well as being nominated for the 2009 Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player.
Back home in Russia, he recorded 60 goals and 204 points in 260 regular season KHL games split between Avtomobilist, CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg.