Vladimir Tarasenko

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Vladimir Tarasenko
Tarasenko with the St. Louis Blues in 2017
Born (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 30)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Sibir Novosibirsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2010
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2010–present

Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born 13 December 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, he played in the system of Sibir Novosibirsk organization, first playing for the senior team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2008–09. He spent a total of three seasons with Novosibirsk before being traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in 2012. Tarasenko was selected in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Blues, joining the team for the 2012–13 season. Since then, he has been one of St. Louis' leading scorers and has played in three NHL All-Star Games. Tarasenko won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Blues in 2019.

Playing career


Tarasenko made his professional debut with Sibir Novosibirsk in 2008–09, scoring seven goals and ten points in 38 games and was the runner up in voting for Rookie of the Year in the KHL's inaugural season.[1][2] He was released to play with the Russian junior team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he scored eight goals in seven games and was named a tournament all-star as Russia won silver.[3] Tarasenko returned to Sibir in 2009–10 as the seventh-youngest player in the League.[3] He again represented Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, finishing third in team scoring with five points in six games.[4]

Tarasenko (left foreground) with HC Sibir, December 2011

International Scouting Services (ISS) ranked Tarasenko as the top-ranked European skater, and fourth overall, in its mid-term rankings ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[5] Described by scouts as strong and mobile with no glaring weaknesses, Tarasenko had expressed interest in playing in the NHL,[3] though his father, also his coach with Sibir, believed it was important that his son remain in Russia.[2] Tarasenko was ultimately drafted by St. Louis Blues in the first round, 16th overall, at the 2010 Draft with the pick obtained via a trade from the Ottawa Senators St. Louis had acquired in exchange for David Rundblad.[6]

On 13 January 2012, Tarasenko was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in exchange for Vyacheslav Solodukhin.[7] On 2 June 2012, Tarasenko announced that he would be moving to North America to play in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues rather than staying and playing in the KHL.[8] As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout that cancelled a large part of the NHL regular season, however, Tarasenko instead returned to SKA to begin 2012–13. He credited the decision in part to a desire to play with Ilya Kovalchuk, the captain of the team who also joined as a result of the lockout.[9]

St. Louis Blues

Once the lockout ended, Tarasenko began the shortened, 48-game 2012–13 season with the Blues. He scored his first and second career NHL goals on the first two shots of his league debut on 19 January 2013, against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–0 blowout. On 4 February, Tarasenko was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for January after scoring five goals and four assists (nine points).[10] He ultimately finished his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games.

Tarasenko during team practice with the St. Louis Blues, January 2013

On 19 March 2014, towards the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Tarasenko underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury sustained in a 4–1 Blues win over the Nashville Predators. He was expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, but made a quick recovery, returning to play in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs where he scored four goals in the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.[11]

On 28 October 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Tarasenko recorded his first career NHL hat-trick against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars and was later named the NHL's First Star of the Week after scoring five goals and one assist during the week.[12] Tarasenko finished the regular season leading the Blues in both goals (37) and points (73), also finishing fifth in the league in goals and ninth in total points. On 18 April 2015, Tarasenko scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff hat-trick against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of St. Louis' Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup. In the series, he scored six goals and one assist (seven points), though the Blues ultimately fell to the Wild in six games.[13] On 7 July 2015, during the subsequent off-season, Tarasenko, as a restricted free agent, signed an eight-year, $60 million contract with St. Louis at an annual average value of $7.5 million.[14] Tarasenko is known for his very accurate and unique wrist shot, which has earned him a reputation as one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the NHL. He was one of only two players to score at least 30 goals in a five-season stretch from 2014-15 through 2018–19, along with fellow-Russian Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Tarasenko won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019, St. Louis' first Stanley Cup in their 52-year franchise history. During the Blues' 2019 playoff run, Tarasenko recorded 11 goals, the second-highest total among Blues players and the third-highest among all players in the playoffs. In game 5 of the 2019 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, Tarasenko became the first player in Blues playoff history to score a goal on a penalty shot.[15]

On 24 October 2019, during a 5–2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, Tarasenko was forced to leave the game after getting tangled up with Kings defenceman Sean Walker. Four days later, it was announced that Tarasenko would require shoulder surgery and be sidelined at least five months.

On 7 July 2021, it was reported that Tarasenko had requested a trade from St. Louis due to him being unhappy with how the club had handled his shoulder surgeries.[16][17] He was left unprotected in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, but was not selected.[18]

Despite tensions between the Blues and Tarasenko, a trade could not be made to honor his request to be moved. The two sides ultimately put the situation behind them and Tarasenko remained with St. Louis for the 2021-22 season. Tarasenko went on to have the most productive year of his career to that point, scoring 34 goals and setting career highs in assists (48) and points (82), averaging better than a point per game. He helped the Blues advance to the second round of the 2022 NHL playoffs, scoring nine points and six goals in 12 playoff games, including his second career playoff hat trick in Game 5 of the Blues' first round series against the Minnesota Wild. During the playoffs, he also scored his 40th career postseason goal, becoming the only other player in franchise history besides Brett Hull to reach that mark.[19]

International play

Tarasenko with the Russian men's national ice hockey team in April 2011
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 United States
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2009 United States

Internationally, Tarasenko has played for the Russian junior team three times, winning a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, sixth place at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and captained Russia to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. At the senior level, Tarasenko has also played for Russia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship and was a member of the Russian national team for the 2014 Winter Olympics held in his native Russia, in Sochi. He represented Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, winning a silver medal, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and 2021 IIHF World Championship.

Personal life

Tarasenko's father, Andrei, is a former Russian league scoring champion and Olympian who competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics.[3]

Tarasenko married his wife, Yana, on July 1, 2015.[20] The couple have three children: Mark, (born April 5, 2007) Aleksandr (born May 17, 2016),[21] and Artem (born June 6, 2019).[22] Mark is his stepson.[20] During the season, the family resided in Creve Coeur, Missouri, before selling the home in 2020 and moving into St. Louis.[23][24]

Tarasenko was the cover athlete for EA Sports' NHL 17.[25]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Sibir–2 Novosibirsk RUS.3 17 6 4 10 2
2008–09 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 38 7 3 10 2
2009–10 Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk MHL 1 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 42 13 11 24 18
2010–11 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 42 9 10 19 8 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk MHL 3 2 2 4 2
2011–12 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 39 18 20 38 15
2011–12 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 15 5 4 9 0 15 10 6 16 6
2012–13 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 31 14 17 31 8
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 8 11 19 10 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 21 22 43 16 6 4 0 4 0
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 37 36 73 31 6 6 1 7 0
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 40 34 74 37 20 9 6 15 2
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 39 36 75 12 11 3 3 6 0
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 33 33 66 17
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 33 35 68 22 26 11 6 17 4
2019–20 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 3 7 10 0 4 0 0 0 0
2020–21 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 4 10 14 0 4 2 0 2 0
2021–22 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 34 48 82 32 12 6 3 9 0
KHL totals 207 66 65 131 51 18 10 6 16 6
NHL totals 606 252 272 524 177 90 41 19 60 6


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Russia IH18 2nd 4 3 2 5 0
2009 Russia U18 2nd 8 8 7 15 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 4 1 5 2
2011 Russia WJC 1st 7 4 7 11 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 6 1 0 1 0
2014 Russia OG 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2015 Russia WC 2nd 9 4 3 7 2
2016 Russia WCH 4th 4 2 0 2 0
2021 ROC WC 5th 3 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 24 19 17 36 8
Senior totals 27 7 6 13 4

Awards and honors

Award Year
Rookie of the Month (January)[26] 2013
NHL All-Star Game 2015, 2016, 2017
NHL Second All-Star Team 2015, 2016
EA Sports NHL cover athlete 2017
Stanley Cup champion 2019 [27]
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[28] 2009


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  21. У Владимира Тарасенко родился сын Александр
  22. У Тарасенко родился сын во время финала Кубка Стэнли. Три года назад такой стимул помог Малкину
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  28. Hockey Awards and Achievements Retrieved 7 August 2011.

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Preceded by
Jaden Schwartz
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jordan Schmaltz
Preceded by
Jonathan Toews
EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete
NHL 17
Succeeded by
Connor McDavid