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Anton Volchenkov  #20

Nashville Predators  Defenseman
NUMBER: 20 BIRTHDATE: February 25, 1982  (AGE 33)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: OTT / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (21st overall)
NHL Playoff Notes: - Has 17 points (4g-13a) in 85 career playoff games, most recently tallying two points (1g-1a) in 24 games with New Jersey in 2012. - Appeared in all 20 of Ottawa s playoff games during their run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, ranking second on the team in average time on ice (23:19). - Led all skaters in the 2007 postseason in blocked shots (8) and ranked seventh in hits (50). Additional Playoff/Championship Notes: - Helped Russia win the 2002 World Junior Championship, tying for third among tournament defensemen in points (1g-3a) and assists. - Appeared in all nine of Russia s games during the 2002 World Championship, earning a silver medal.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder injury vs. Boston, December 8, 2003. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Nizhny Novgorod (KHL), October 9, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 7, 2014.
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