Andrei Markov is a Russian-born player and one of the top defensemen on the Montreal Canadien's team and made his NHL debut for them in 2000. In 2007, they resigned him to a 4-year / $23 million contract, so I'd say they definitely believe he's a top defenseman!
What's Hot - it's been said that Markov is a smart defenseman and there's nothing like a smart player!! He was a fan favorite in Moscow / Russia when he played for the Dynamo and scored what is known as "the most curious and astonishing goal ever seen in the world of hockey" during the final of the 1999 European club tournament (Euroleague); his favorite teams to play against are Toronto and Boston because of the great atmosphere and the good feeling he gets when playing them, says the toughest player to defend against is Jaromir Jagr, he enjoys soccer and tennis and his favorite tennis player is Roger Federer
What's Hockey - Markov was Montreal's 6th round draft pick in 1998 (162nd overall); named to the WJC-A First All-Star Team (1998), Russian League All-Star Team (2000), Russian League MVP Award (2000); signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia) on June 19, 2004 during the NHL lock-out and represented Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy; played in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game; last season he recorded a career high of 62 points in 94 games; to this point in the current season, he led the team in assists (10) and points (11) in October 2008, also led the team in TOI (time on ice) in November (24:22 minutes) and December (24:43 minutes) and had a team-high 8 assists in December 2008.
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