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Nik Antropov: My Hometown

Monday, 30.01.2012 / 11:30 AM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content


How did you start playing hockey?

I started playing hockey when I was four years old. We read an article in the paper that said there was a hockey school that wanted players born in 1980 so my father asked me if I wanted to join. I actually said no at first and then he asked me again in September so I said, “Sure, I’ll go try it.”

How would you describe Oskemen to others?
It’s like 600,000 people, so not small, just a good-sized city. We had two indoor rinks and a bunch of outdoor rinks is all we had growing up. We have four or five factories in the city like zinc, uranium and titanium so that’s where a lot of people work.

How big of a hockey town is Oskemen?
Now it’s not as much since Russia has taken over pretty much everything. My hometown team is still playing though, in the secondary Russian league, but back then, it was a really big hockey town.

What was your town known for when you were growing up?
Before the USSR broke down in ’92, we had one of the best hockey schools in the USSR that a lot of good players came out of.

What were the biggest differences when you left to go play in North America?
Everything was different, the culture, language, the style of living, everything was brand new for me.

Fondest memory growing up?
When I made it on my first pro-team when I was 16 and my father was at the game and I scored my first goal. That was pretty memorable for my family and me.

What are the fans like there?
Back then it was different. It was a sold out crowd of 5,500 each game and they cheered for us really loud but there wasn’t anything signature or any hockey card trading or anything like that.

Who was your idol growing up?
My idol hockey idol growing up was Mario Lemieux. I loved watching him play.

Second to hockey, what is the second most popular sport?
I would say boxing would be the second biggest sport. We have a few guys in the Olympics and in the World Championships doing really well.

What do you miss most?
Friends and family from all of the good years I spent there and also, I miss all the fans back at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01