Former New York Rangers defenseman and 1994 Stanley Cup champion, Sergei Zubov, has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Zubov played four seasons with Moscow’s Central Red Army team between 1988 and 1992. He was also a gold medal winner as a member of the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
In 1990, the Rangers drafted Zubov in the fifth round with the 85th overall pick. He was assigned to the AHL until 1992 when he made his NHL debut on Dec. 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His second season, 1993-94, he recorded 77 assists and 89 points. He added five goals and 19 points during the playoffs to help the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup since 1940.
He was traded to the Penguins in August of 1995, then traded again to Dallas the following June.
Zubov played his final 12 seasons in the NHL for the Stars. In that span of 839 games, the Russian defenseman recorded 438 assists with 549 points. He again won the Stanley Cup in the 1998-99 season.
His accomplishments speak for itself and he absolutely defined his game as a Hall of Fame inductee today:
- Olympic Gold Medal Winner (1992 — Unified Team)
- Three All-Star Game appearances (1998, 1999, 2000)
- Bronze Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City
- 2nd Team NHL All-Star (2006)
- Norris Trophy Finalist (2006)
- 771 points in 1068 NHL games (152 goals, 619 assists)
He left the game as the second-leading scorer among Russian-born defensemen in NHL history.
The HHOF induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 18, 2019 from Toronto, Ontario.