IHL Rookie Profile – Dmitri Leonov

By Andrew Bourgeois


Dmitri Leonov # 14
Position: Center
Born: Feb. 5, 1975; Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height: 5-11
Weight: 190
Shoots: left

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1993-94 Spokane Chiefs WHL 55 8 6 14 31
1994-95 Spokane Chiefs WHL 43 9 17 26 62
1995-96 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 38 57 95 112
1996-97 Baton-Rouge Kingfish ECHL 55 14 24 38 66
1996-97 Worcester IceCats AHL 9 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 63 21 43 64 152
1998-99 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 42 7 21 28 89
1998-99 Long-Beach Ice Dogs IHL 34 6 4 10 59
1999-00 Long-Beach Ice Dogs IHL 82 17 21 38 165

Dmitri started his junior career with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey
League in 1993-94. Although there was some difficulties in adjusting to the
smaller ice surface and the physical play of the North American game, Dmitri
managed to score 8 goals and assist on 6 others for 14 points in 55 games.
In the 94-95 season despite missing 29 games with a broken ankle, Dmitri had
9 goals, 17 assists for 26 points in 43 games, and 6 goals, 5 assists for 11
points in 11 playoff games.

The 1995-96 season saw Dmitri lead the Spokane Chiefs in scoring with 38
goals and 57 assists for 95 points in 72 games. He helped lead Spokane to the
league finals with 10 goals, 11 assists in 18 playoff games that year. Was
named to the WHL All-Star team.

In his first professional season in 1996-97 Dmitri played 55 games for Baton
Rouge of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) where he had 14 goals, 24
assists for 38 points in 55 games. In his first year he also saw action with
Worcester Ice Cats of the American Hockey League (AHL) where he had 1 assist
in 9 games.

In the 1997-98 season Dmitri found himself with the Idaho Steelheads of the
West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) where he had 21 goals, 43 assists for 64
points in 63 games. Was named the teams assistant captain that year.
The 1998-99 season saw Dmitri split time with Idaho (WCHL) and the Long
Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League. Dmitri had 6 goals, 4
assists for 10 points in 32 games.

This year Dmitri was the only player on the Ice Dogs roster to play in all 82
games during the 1999-2000 season. This season Dmitri was used in key
situations which goes to show you that John VanBoxmeer had a lot of faith in
Leonov and knows what he can do in critical situations.

Dmitri is the type of player who can read the ice well and knows where his
teammates are at all times on the ice. An excellent puckhandler and passer
who finds the mark. Dmitri is the type of player who can be counted on to
make the big play in key situations of a game. He has been used in these
situations in Long Beach when in the final minutes of a game and his team is
down. An excellent skater who also works well along the boards, corners
and behind the net.

Dmitri is an all around player who can be counted on in all situations of a
game. Not only does he bring the skill necessary to get the job done but he
brings leadership and morale to a team on and off the ice. This was proven
when he was named assistant captain in Idaho. With the NHL expanding
this year and with the expansion teams looking for skilled players they
should look no further than Dmitri Leonov. He is a player who can hep a team
go far. Hopefully in the next few years you will be able to see Leonov on
the back of a NHL jersey.


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Toledo, Ohio for $1,000, the league’s first expansion outside of the
Detroit-Windsor area.


June 15, 1985 the Toronto Maple Leafs select Wendel Clark first overall at
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