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Alexei Zhitnik

Alexei Zhitnik  #77

Defenseman
NUMBER: 77 BIRTHDATE: October 10, 1972
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Kiev, Ukraine
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: LAK / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (81st overall)
WC-A All-Star Team (1996) Named Best Defenseman at WC-A (1996) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1999, 2002) Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles with Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy and Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Marian Menhart) in 1995 Entry Draft for Philippe Boucher, Denis Tsygurov and Grant Fuhr, February 14, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), December 6, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 2, 2005. Traded to Philadelphia by NY Islanders for Freddy Meyer and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Mark Katic) in 2007 Entry Draft, December 16, 2006. Traded to Atlanta by Philadelphia for Braydon Coburn, February 24, 2007.
Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4