Friday, June 22, 2018

Afanesenkov joins Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

Dmitry Afanasenkov has joined the KHL team Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg is trying to turn things around after earning the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season, winning only 16 of tits 54 matches, RIA Novosti reports.

Afanasenkkov previously played for the Tampa Bay Lightning as a forward.

Afanasenkov spent five years in Tampa, where he won the Stanley cup in 2004. He is the second acquisition for the Yekaterinburg team, which landed American goaltender Chris Holt last month.

Afanesenkov also played one season for the Philadelphia Flyers where he racked up a total 255 NHL appearances and 58 points. The 32-year-old left the U.S. in 2007 to play for the Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Traktor Chelyabinsk and Swiss team Fribourg-Gotteron, according to RIA Novosti.

Avtomobilist was founded in 2006 and had its best season in 2010, when it made the KHL playoffs, RIA Novosti reports.