The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have agreed to terms with center Viktor Tikhonov on a one-year contract, which runs through the end of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season.
Tikhonov, 27, notched 24 points (8G, 16A) in 49 regular-season games and a goal and an assist in 15 postseason games en route to a Gagarin Cup championship with SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League last season. He has totaled 115 points (55G, 60A) over 182 career games with SKA St. Petersburg (2011-15).
The Riga, Latvia, native previously recorded 16 points (8G, 8A) in 61 tilts with the Arizona Coyotes in 2008-09. Tikhonov also tallied 44 points (14G, 30A) in 82 games over three seasons with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (2008-11). He was selected by Arizona in the first round (28th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.
Tikhonov has represented Russia in multiple international competitions including the Olympics (2014), World Championships (2014 and 2015), Euro Hockey Tour (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and World Junior Championships (2008).
His grandfather, Viktor, served as the head coach of the Soviet Union national team from 1977-1994.