• In only his first year with Drummondville, Kulikov led all defensemen with 62 points (12-50-62) in 57 games and was named the 2008-09 Defensive Rookie of the Year, the Rookie of the Year, the Best Professional Prospect and Defenseman of the Year by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
• As a member of Team Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, he recorded four assists (0-4-4) helping Russia win the bronze medal. He has twice represented Russia at the Under-18 World Championships, winning silver in 2008 and gold in 2007.
• He played his first five years of hockey, starting at the age of six for Lipetsk, Russia before playing for Yaroslavl, Russia.
• If he could invite anyone to dinner he would choose NHL defensemen Andrei Markov and Sergei Gonchar.
• His nickname is “Kuli” and he wears number 29 because of his birthday.
RUSSIAN THOROUGHBRED KULIKOV PACES VOLTIGEURS
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal’s Andrei Markov
The Master and Margarita
Pump up song:
“Animals Ground” by Nickelback
Home cooked meal:
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Place to shop:
The Mall at St. Bruno, Montreal
Place to visit