The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexei Emelin to a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-2, 219-pound blueliner completed his first season with the Canadiens in 2011-12 and tallied three goals and four assists in 67 games.
Emelin, 26, led the Canadiens with 236 hits, ranking first among NHL rookie defensemen and fourth among League defensemen. He also blocked 88 shots, finishing sixth among rookie blueliners.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, Emelin helped Russia earn a gold medal at the
IIHF World Hockey Championship played in Scandinavia. In the nine games he played, Emelin recorded four points (two goals, two assists) and had four penalty minutes.
A native of Togliatti, Russia, Emelin was the Canadiens' second pick (third round, No. 84) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.