Russian men's team captain Pavel Datsyuk is a center who is most known as an absolute wizard with the puck. A member of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings since the start of the 2001-02 season, Datsyuk isn't the biggest player on the ice. But although small, he's extremely elusive and capable of offense that is not only notable for its quantity, but offense that is usually highlight-reel worthy. He also uses his smarts to be one of the NHL's top defensive forwards, winning the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
- Won Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in both 2002 and 2008.
- Represented Russia at the 2010, 2006 and 2002 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 2002.
- Three-time winner of the NHL's Selke Trophy as the League's top defensive forward.
- Winner of the Lady Byng Award as the NHL's most sportsmanlike player on four occasions.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
- Won a gold medal with Russia at the 2012 World Championships.
- Also represented Russia at the World Championships in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2010.
- Played for Russia in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Things to know:
1. Creating a new adjective, his most highlight reel-worthy offensive moves are often described by the word "Datsyukian".
2. Hails from the same town as former Russian Olympic hockey player Alexei Yashin, who is the general manager of Russia's women's Olympic hockey team in 2014.
3. Was passed over in both the 1996 and 1997 NHL Drafts, before being taken by Detroit 171st overall in the 1998 NHL Draft.