Igor Grigorenko, a former AHL player for the Grand Rapids Griffins, has been traded to CSKA Moskva of the KHL from Slava UFA for Denis Parshin.

In 2001, Grigorenko was a member of the Russian World U-18 team. At the tournament he finished second overall in the tournament scoring and was also named to the tournament’s first All Star team. In 2002–03, Grigorenko was the leading scorer with Lada in the Russian Super League with 19 goals and 29 points in 47 regular season games. His 19 goals were also among the top three goalscorers in the league. Grigorenko helped Russia win the gold at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and earned championship game MVP honors.

His success with Lada gave him the opportunity to make his debut with the Russian senior national team. Grigorenko posted 7 goals and 8 points in 17 games with the team, including 2 goals and an assist in 7 games at the 2003 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships. On May 16, 2003, Grigorenko was involved in a serious car accident. He suffered a broken left thigh bone and two fractures in his left shin bone. In addition, complications arose and he developed a fat embolism in his left lung, which is a potentially fatal condition. However, he never missed a season, and has spent most of his proffesional career playing in Russia, most recently with Salavet Yulaev Ufa.

During the past several seasons Denis Parshin has been playing for HC CSKA in the KHL. Internationally, he was a member of the U18 and then U20 Russian National team. The young forward has also been a member of Russia’s senior national team during EuroTour competition that largely takes place between the four European hockey nations (Russia, Sweden, Finland, and Czech Republic). Parshin was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round 72nd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On June 1, 2011, Parshin signed a three-year contract extension to remain with CSKA.

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