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22 January , 12:35

Salavat Yulaev defender Evgeniy Biryukov played his 1000th game in KHL

Defender of HC Salavat Yulaev, Honored Master of Sports Evgeny Biryukov, was the first in the KHL history to play his 1000th match. The 37-year-old athlete's milestone was celebrated before the home match of the Salavat Yulaev team with Khabarovsk Amur.

At the solemn ceremony, Evgeniy Biryukov’s teammates presented their comrade with a commemorative jersey and a golden stick, the Bashinform News Agency reported.

“So many emotions, such an exciting day for me and my family. I won’t lie, I was waiting for him, I was nervous before the match,” said Evgeniy Biryukov.

Evgeniy Biryukov began playing in the KHL in the 2008-2009 season for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, for which he played until 2020. Then, the defender moved to the Ufa Salavat Yulaev. Evgeniy Biryukov is a two-time winner of the Gagarin Cup, and during his career in the KHL, he scored 148 (24+124) points with a utility indicator of “+116”.

Remember that “Salavat Yulaev” beat “Amur” with a score of 3:2 the day before.

Author: Eduard Kuskarbekov

Translated by:Tatyana Aksyutina
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