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Andrei Markov
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Andrei Markov  #79

Montréal Canadiens  Defenseman
NUMBER: 79 BIRTHDATE: December 20, 1978  (AGE 35)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Voskresensk, Russia
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (162nd overall)
Markov joins five teammates competing for Russia in their third Olympic Games – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).

He won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championship and was named the Top Defenseman of the 2007 World Championship, leading the Russian defensemen in scoring with eight points (3-5-8) while being paired with Sergei Gonchar.   

Markov was childhood friends with fellow 2010 teammate Maxim Afinogenov and they first won an international medal together at the 1998 World Junior Championship – Russia lost to Finland to capture the silver.

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It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players