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Who is Nikita Nesterov?

Get to know new Canadiens defenseman

by @canadiensmtl /

MONTREAL -- On Thursday, the Canadiens acquired defenseman Nikita Nesterov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick at this summer's NHL Draft.

Now a Hab for almost a day, here are some facts to help get to know the new guy.

- Nesterov was born on March 28, 1993, just a couple of weeks prior to the Canadiens hoisting their last Stanley Cup, 23 years ago.

- He weighs in at 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds.

- In three seasons and 119 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he's registered 28 points -- including eight goals.

- He is a former 148th overall pick from the 2011 NHL Draft.

- He will become a restricted free agent on July 1.

- He will wear number 89 with the Canadiens. The previous owner of those digits, Ryan Johnston, has already switched to number 75.

- He was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, a city located 1,800 km from Moscow near the Kazakhstan border. On February 15, 2013, Chelyabinsk made headlines after being hit by a meteorite that injured around 1,200 people and sent shockwaves throughout the streets.

- He's represented his country on several occasions, including at the most recent World Cup alongside his new teammates Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin. He's also a two-time medalist at the World Juniors, taking home silver in 2012 and bronze in 2013.

- Before arriving in North America, he played two seasons with the Chelyabinsk Traktor in the KHL, picking up two assists in 45 games.

- He married Ekaterina Sirotina, a ballet dancer, in June 2015.

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