The KHL’s Podolsk Vityaz announced on Friday morning that captain Alex Semin will miss the rest of the season, including the 2020 Gagarin Cup Playoffs, due to a lower-body injury suffered on Thursday.
The 35-year-old forward, who will turn 36 on Tuesday, was checked in the leg while skating into the offensive zone and wiped out on the ice in the Vityaz’s game against the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He spun afterward and had to be helped off of the ice by teammates.
He is currently leading the Vityaz with 18 goals and 38 points in 50 games this season. Semin has also recorded a -3 rating.
Semin was selected 13th overall in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals and posted 239 goals, 517 points, and a +71 rating in 650 career games with the Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, and Montreal Canadiens. He posted 197 goals, 408 points, and a +65 rating in 469 games with the Capitals.
His best season came in 2009-10 when he set career-highs in goals (40), assists (44), points (84), and plus-minus (+36) in 73 games for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals. He hit the 50-point plateau five times in Washington and the 70-point one three.
In 51 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Capitals, Semin recorded 15 goals, 34 points, and a -1 rating.
When he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2012, the Capitals did not re-sign him due to poor work ethic, which was also the reason why the Hurricanes bought out the final three seasons of his five-year contract that carried a $7 million cap hit in 2015. He only played 57 games in his final season with the Hurricanes and was a healthy scratch often because of his work ethic. Semin ended his NHL career by playing 15 games with the Montreal Canadiens where he recorded a goal, four points, and a +1 rating before they placed him on waivers.
He left North America after that.
By Harrison Brown