Semin will be representing his country for the sixth time at the 2010 Olympics. He won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championship, finishing third overall with 13 points (6-7-13), including two goals and an assist in the 5-4 overtime defeat of Canada in the gold medal.
He played each of his first two international competitions in Helsinki, Finland competing at the 2003 World Championship and the 2004 World Junior Championship.
It was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.
— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle on the video tribute and ovation he received in his first game back in Anaheim, a 3-1 win for the Maple Leafs