Thursday, April 23, 2009
--- Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin will represent Russia at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland, April 24 to May 10.
Bryzgalov, 28, in his second season with the Coyotes posted a 26-31-6 record with a 2.98 goals against average (GAA) and a .906 save percentage (SV%) in 65 games. Bryzgalov, who was claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 17, 2007, won his first four games with the Coyotes, tying him for the third-longest winning streak by a goaltender to begin his career with a new club after playing for a different team earlier in the season.
The native of Togliatti, Russia helped lead the Ducks to a Stanley Cup Championship during the 2006-07 campaign, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 2.25 GAA and .922 SV% in five playoff games.
Bryzgalov competed for Russia in the 2000 World Junior Championships in Umea. He recorded a 0.77 GAA in four games to help Russia to a silver medal. In 2002, he competed for Russia at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City earning a bronze medal. Bryzgalov also represented Team Russia at the 2004 World Cup and 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Kalinin, 28, recorded 1-3-4 and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 15 games with the Coyotes this season after being acquired from the New York Rangers on Mar. 4. In 539 career NHL games with Phoenix, Buffalo and the Rangers, Kalinin has collected 36-126-162 and 321 PIM. He has also appeared in 37 career playoff games, all with Buffalo, recording 2-7-9 and 20 PIM in the postseason. Kalinin, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, notched career-highs in goals (10), assists (24) and points (34) during the 2003-04 campaign with the Sabres.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Kalinin has represented Russia in several international competitions, including five World Championship appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008) and the 2005 World Cup. Kalinin was originally selected by Buffalo in the first round (18th overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft.