|Mallards Land Nikiforov|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Brian Lavelle|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:29|
MOLINE, Ill. (September 17, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Vladimir Nikiforov, the Mallards announced today.
“Vladimir is a quick, crafty guy who is a proven goal scorer and playmaker,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski. “I saw him play in this league two years ago and he was the best player on the ice, so we’re looking for a lot of productivity from him.”
Nikiforov, 25, spent last season in Russia, where he scored ten goals and totaled 17 points in 45 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Major Hockey League.
The 5’ 7”, 160-pound Nikiforov last played in North America in 2011-12 for the Bloomington Blaze. Nikiforov scored 21 goals and recorded 51 points in 51 games with the Blaze after starting that campaign with the Federal Hockey League’s Brooklyn Aviators, for whom he ripped off nine goals and piled up 20 points in ten games.
Over his first five years in professional hockey, Nikiforov has produced 71 goals and 184 points in 266 career games. While the Hauppage, New York, native spent the bulk of his first three seasons in the ECHL, he also skated in 19 American Hockey League games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as a rookie in 2008-09. Nikiforov played most of his first two years with the Utah Grizzlies before suiting up for three different ECHL clubs- the Florida Everblades, Bakersfield Condors and Reading Royals- in 2010-11.
Nikiforov played three seasons in the major junior Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting before turning pro. In 2006-07, he helped the Colts to a first place finish in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. In all, Nikiforov registered 63 goals and 173 points in 179 OHL games.
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