Malkin, in 2006, completed a rare triple, playing in the World Junior Championship, the Olympics and the World Championships, all in the same calendar year. Only six players have accomplished this feat: Kenny Jonsson (1994), Darius Kasparaitis (1992), Saku Koivu (1994), Alexei Kovalev (1992), Alexei Zhitnik (1992) and Evgeni Malkin (2006).
He made his first Olympic appearance at the age of 19 and was one of the top penalty killers for the Russians. His six points (2-4-6) in seven games tied for second on the team.
Malkin last suited up for Russia, winning a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championship in Moscow. His 10 points (5-5-10) in nine games earned him a berth on the tournament All-Star Team.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic