Nowadays, in the most prestigious league of the world hockey, the National Hockey League, several dozens of Russian athletes perform. One of the youngest players - Nikita Kucherov, has already played for the fifth year overseas, the last four seasons in the club "Tampa Bay". The Russian regularly shows excellent results, due to which he is called into the national team, one of the main hopes of which he is considered until now.
At the start of a career
But among the Russian elite to maintain his level Nikita fully failed, having made only two programs for 8 meetings. Returning to the "Red Army", the hockey player once again showed excellent results, in the second half of the season, being in "CSKA". Coaching staff, "Army" saw the talent of the player, but in the composition there was a large number of experienced masters, Nikita Kucherov on the ice did not go out often enough, which affected its effectiveness. In the end, having typed only 5 points for 18 matches for the season, the Russian decided to find a new club.
Traveling across the ocean
Like most players, the forward dreamed of performing in the most popular league - the NHL. Nikita Kucherov, having terminated the contract with CSKA, first found himself in Canada, where he played for the hockey club Quebec from the province of the same name, from which, after playing only 6 meetings, he was sent to another Canadian team - Ruen-Noranda Khaskis. In its composition, the Russian played the rest of the season, gaining 53 points in 27 games, and the beginning of the next championship held in the club "Syracuse Crunch", serving in the American hockey league - the last step on the way to the NHL. For the first 17 games as part of the New York team, Kucherov scored 24 points and in November 2013 he received the long-awaited challenge as the basis for Tampa Bay.
The game for "Tampu Bay"
As part of the American club, Nikita Kucherov quickly joined the team, continuing to develop as a professional. The first incomplete season of the Russian in the NHL was rather modest: for 54 meetings in the regular championship and play-off games the striker scored 19 points, which helped the team to take the second place in the Eastern Conference Championship. However, the zeal of the player and his high potential forced coaches to continue to trust the hockey player, for which he soon fully thanked the mentors.
In the next championship, the responsibility of the key player of "Tampa" was taken by Nikita Kucherov. Hockey player, taking part in almost all matches, often became the earner of important points for the club. In 82 meetings, he scored 29 goals and made 36 assists in the championship, in which the "lightning" again took silver. He also became one of the engines of the team in the playoffs, where with 22 points in 26 games, the Russian helped Tampa beat the New York Rangers in the final playoff in the final playoffs, and also stubbornly fought for the Stanley Cup, where in the difficult fight "lightning" lost the title of "Chicago".
The following year, the player took part in the youth team, again with their successes contributing to getting the team on the podium - in the struggle for victory, the Russians lost to Sweden in the over-time - 0: 1. The following year, the Swedes once again proved to be a stumbling block for the team of Nikita Kucherov, but this time the team met in the semifinals, where the Swedish national team threw Russians in shootouts. But in the struggle for bronze, the Russian team was able to defeat Canada in the over-time, again without remaining without rewards.
In the following years, the player was seriously considered for the invitation to the main national team, but Kucherov's debut took place only in 2016, when the World Cup forward played in 4 games, gaining 3 points, but was satisfied with only the fourth place, losing in the semifinals of Canada - 3: 5.