SKA St. Petersburg was busy at the pumps today, re-signing forward Viktor Tikhonov to a two year contract.

The Phoenix Coyotes selected Tikhonov in the first round (28th overall) during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He came over from Russia for the 2008-2009 season where he suited up for the ‘Yotes in 61 games. That would be the only time that he would see NHL ice. Tikhonov registered 8 goals, 8 assists, 20PIM and a -3 rating throughout that season. From then on, the now 24-year old mainly played in the AHL with a stint in the KHL during the 2009-2010 season.

Tikhonov had 30 points, 18PIM and a +11 rating in 42 games in his first season with St. Petersburg during the 2011-2012 campaign. He also put up 57  points during the 2012-2013 campaign and also became the top Gagarin Cup goal scorer and was picked for the tournament’s All-Star team during the playoffs.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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