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Alex Zhamnov signs three-year deal with Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON—The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with center Alex Zhamnov on a three-year contract, it was announced Thursday by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Zhamnov was an unrestricted free agent, and in keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Zhamnov, 34, was Winnipeg's fourth pick, 77th overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons of hockey in Russia with Dynamo Moscow where he had 42 goals and 39 assists for 81 points with 73 penalty minutes in 132 games before coming to the NHL at the start of the 1992-93 season. He played his first four NHL seasons with Winnipeg, scoring 22-or-more goals in each of those years and recording 70+ points twice, before he was traded to Chicago with Craig Mills and a 1997 first round draft pick (Ty Jones) for Jeremy Roenick on August 16, 1996.

He played seven-plus seasons with the Blackhawks, scoring 20-or-more goals in five of those years, until his Feb. 19, 2004 multi-player trade to Philadelphia where he finished the 2003-04 season. He had 11-25=36 totals with 28 penalty minutes in 43 combined games with Chicago and Philadelphia in 2003-04. He played the 2004-05 season with Vityaz Chekhov in Russia with 5-22=27 totals in 24 regular season games and 7-7=14 totals in 14 playoff contests.

The 6'1", 200 lb. native of Moscow, Russia has played 12 NHL seasons with Winnipeg, Chicago and Philadelphia with career NHL totals of 248 goals and 461 assists for 709 points with 638 penalty minutes in 783 career NHL games. He has scored 20-or-more goals in a season on nine occasions with his career season-high 30 goals with Winnipeg in just 48 games in 1994-95. He was named a Second Team NHL All-Star in 1994-95 and has played in one NHL All-Star Game (2002).

He has played in three Olympic Games as a member of Team Russia, winning a Gold medal in 1992, a Silver medal in 1998 and a Bronze medal in 2002. He has also represented his country in three World Championship tournaments (1991, 1992, 2000), in the 1996 World Cup, the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1990 World Junior Championship.
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