He won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics; in 2006 Olympics, he finished second overall in tournament scoring with eight points (1-7-8), playing on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Kovalev.
Datsyuk joins five teammates, competing for Russia at the Olympics for the third time – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Andrei Markov, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).
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