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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

He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.

— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson