Monday, March 9, 2009

Today's Card - Sergey Gusev

-Browsing my card collection I have found this autographed card of Russian native Sergey Gusev.
He used to play for Dallas and Tampa between 1997 – 2001. - Nikale

-Defenceman Sergey Gusev hoped to salvage his NHL career after a serious knee injury limited him to 16 NHL contests in 2000-01. A good puckhandler with solid instincts, his defensive zone coverage improved since coming to North America in 1995-96.
Born in Nizhny Tagil USSR, Gusev played with CSK Samara in the CIS League in 1994-95 then was selected 69th overall by the Dallas Stars. He scored 28 points in his rookie pro season with the IHL's Michigan K-Wings but made a host of defensive errors. He continued to work on his game in the minors and was recalled to Dallas on occasion. Late in the 1998-99 season the young defender was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning for veteran forward Benoit Hogue. Gusev averaged 21:30 per game for his new club towards the end of the schedule. The next season he was a useful role player with the potential for more until his progress was slowed by a knee injury.
On the international stage, Gusev represented his homeland at the 1995 World Junior Championship and is a three-time member of its World Championship team (2002, 2003 and 2005).
NHL Hall of Fame

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