From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Template:Infobox ice hockey player Template:MedalTableTop Template:MedalSport Template:MedalCountry Template:MedalCompetition Template:MedalGold Template:MedalBottom Vitali Mikhailovich Yeremeyev (Template:Lang-ru; born September 23, 1975) is a professional Kazakhstani ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with Barys Astana in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Yeremeyev was drafted the 9th round (209th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers after his third season with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk in which he won the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship's award for best goalie. He then played three seasons with CSKA Moscow, posting an incredible 1.66 GAA in 25 games during 1995-96. He bounced around the leagued a bit for the next few seasons, playing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and CSKA Moscow before landing with Dynamo Moscow. In 2000, he powered the club to a league title, posting a 1.24 GAA in 26 games during the regular season, and a stunning 1.27 GAA during the playoffs. The next year, he got a shot at the National Hockey League with the Rangers, but was unable to replicate his performance and returned to Russia with Dynamo Moscow. In 2004-05, he won the Russian Superleague title again with Moscow, as well as the league’s award for best goalie. Impressively, he managed to post an even better GAA in this season’s playoff effort, starting 10 games and averaging just .90 goals against per game. He played another five years with Dynamo Moscow, until he was traded to Barys Astana in 2010.
Yeremeyev has competed for Kazakhstan more times than any other goalie in the country's history by far. In the 1994 World Championships, he was Evgeni Nabokov's teammate for the three years with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk as well as the lone international competition that Nabokov represented Kazakhstan. He has competed at two Olympics as well as 10 World Championships. Yeremeyev's top international performance came at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he carried an upstart Kazakhstan team all the way to the quarterfinals where Team Canada beat them 4–1.
Awards and achievements
- Russian Superleague: 1999–2000, 2004–05 (with Dynamo Moscow)
- IIHF European Champions Cup: 2006 (with Dynamo Moscow)
- Spengler Cup: 2008 (with Dynamo Moscow)
- Golden Helmet Award: 1999–2000, 2004–05
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