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Sergei Gonchar
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Sergei Gonchar  #55

Dallas Stars  Defenseman
NUMBER: 55 BIRTHDATE: April 13, 1974  (AGE 40)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Chelyabinsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: WSH / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (14th overall)
Gonchar will be representing Russia in Olympic competition for the fourth time and will be looking for his third Olympic medal -- he was a member of the silver-medal winning team in 1998 and captured a bronze medal in 2002.

His most recent international competition was the 2007 World Championship where he recorded five points (1-4-5) and was paired with Andrei Markov. “I played with (Markov) in the World Championship in Moscow. We played together and we had a good chemistry. I don’t know what the coach has in mind but at the same time I think we have played well together and we understand each other.”

He represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the second World Cup of his career (1996) and led defensemen in scoring with three points (1-2-3).

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Because of the way they play and their skill set I don't think they're fourth-line players, so in my mind I'm looking at one of those guys I'll have to move over to the wing.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on his four-player battle for second-line center