Pavel Datsyuk is a Russian born NHL hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings
. Wearing Number 13, as a centerman, Datsyuk has played in three Stanley Cup
championship games, winning two Stanley Cups to date (2002 & 2008).
He is known for his excellent skating, lightning quick hands and ability to steal pucks with ease. His moves were described as "Datsyukian
" by Red Wings television announcer Ken Daniels
. "Datsyukian" has become a term to describe any unbelievable deke
s or moves during a hockey game by Datsyuk or any other player.
When Datsyuk broke into the league as a rookie he became an immediate contributor to the 2002 championship by scoring 3 goals in the playoffs. The following year Datsyuk was joined by Henrik Zetterberg
and put on the same line as Brett Hull. The line, nick named "Two Kids and a Goat
", became one of the most successful offensive lines in Red Wings history. It rivaled the "Production Line
" of the late 1940's and early 1950's that included Gordie Howe
, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay as well as the “Russian Five” of the late 90’s. While Datsyuk is Russian, he was not part of the original “Russian Five
” who won two Stanley Cups in 1997 & 1998, although he did play with members Igor Larionov and Sergei Federov.