Russian goaltender Alexander Yeryomenko, a two-time World Champion and six-time Russian league champion, today announced his retirement at the age of 41, after his club Dynamo Moscow was eliminated from the ongoing KHL playoffs.
A Moscow native, Yeryomenko first joined the Dynamo system with their youth team, debuting for the senior club in 2000 while still part of the Russian Super League. Yeryomenko would spend his first five senior seasons with Dynamo, winning his first RSL Championship in 2005. Joining Ak Bars Kazan the following season for a two-year stint, he would capture his second RSL title in 2006. Yeryomenko would spend his next four seasons with Salavat Yulaev Ufa, winning his third and final RSL title in 2008, before the RSL changed over to the Kontinental Hockey League in 2008-09. After winning his first Gagarin Cup with Ufa in 2011, Yeryomenko rejoined Dynamo in 2011-12, where he would remain for his final eleven pro seasons, winning two more Gagarin Cups in 2012 and 2013. Yeryomenko retires as a five time KHL All-Star, a two-time playoff MVP (2012-13), and with 231 wins in 405 career KHL games, with another 68 playoff wins in 110 games, posting a combined 1.96 goals against average and .929 save percentage in his 14-year KHL career.
Not playing for the Russian junior team, Yeryomenko first joined the national team at the 2005 World Championship, the first of five (2005, 2007-10) with the Red Machine. Yeryomenko would capture a pair of consecutive Gold Medals in 2008 and 2009 in a supporting role, along with a Silver in 2010 and pair of Bronzes in 2005 and 2007, the latter leading the tournament in goals against average and save percentage. Yeryomenko was also named as an alternate at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (but did not play), and was a regular participant on the Euro Hockey Tour between 2005-15, winning four Tour titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009).
Yeryomenko captured the IHLC a total of six times during his career, with his first and last both coming on the Euro Hockey Tour, in 2006 and 2013, respectively. We wish Alexander and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!