Be A Player: Rewind | Sergei Fedorov

The smooth-skating Fedorov was one fifth of the famed “Russian Five”. In this week’s episode, we revisit the 2003-04 season, which marked Fedorov's departure from the club he won three Stanley Cups with.

Sergei Fedorov

Ted Lindsay Award (1993-94)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1993-94)
Frank J. Selke Trophy (1993-94, 1995-96)
3x Stanley Cup Champion (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02)
6x NHL All-Star (1992, '94, '96, 2001, '02, '03)
1,248 GP for four NHL teams (DET, ANA, CBJ, WSH)
Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee (2015)
Named among 100 Greatest NHL Players

The year was 2004, the host was Brett Lindros, and the player was Sergei Fedorov.

In this week's episode, we revisit the smooth-skating Fedorov who was one fifth of the famed “Russian Five” in the 2003-04 season, which marked his departure from the club he won three Stanley Cups with over his 13-season tenure. 

Read more about the journey of the "Russian Five", also a documentary which recently premiered at the Frep Film Festival, here.

Fedorov goes on to detail each his Cup wins with the Detroit Red Wings as teams that were incomparable  despite any roster similarities of back-to-back championships in 1997 and ’98. The heightened joy from winning in 2001-02 as a seasoned NHL'er was among Fedorov's most gratifying moments, but pales in comparison to the immeasurable emotion of having former teammate Vladimir Konstantinov alongside him on the ice in 1998, after the latter became wheelchair bound as a result of the tragic limousine crash that occurred six days after the pair won the first Cup for Detroit in 50 years together.

Then and Now

Fedorov's 400 goals rank fourth among all-time goal scorers in Red Wings history, and his 954 currently rank sixth (after Henrik Zetterberg recently surpassed the mark). His 113 assists and 163 points in the postseason also rank third overall in Detroit's Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

Since retirement after 1,248 NHL games, Fedorov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015, and named among the Greatest 100 NHL Players, as determined by the league as part of their centennial anniversary. He was also inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2016.