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Russian right wing Denis Tolpeko was born in Moscow on January 29, 1985.

Signed by the Flyers as a free agent on July 5, 2006 after playing junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, Tolpeko appeared in 26 NHL games for the Flyers in 2007-08, posting one goal, six points and 24 penalty minutes. Tolpeko spent all of the 2006-07 season and most of the 2007-08 campaign in the AHL with the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Following his stint with the Flyers organization Tolpeko returned home. He remained an active player in the KHL for the next decade.