Denis Shvidki has finally found a hockey home for the 2010-11 season. The Ontario Hockey League grad will begin play with Krefeld Pinguine of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Shvidki played two seasons in the OHL, 1998-99 and 1999-00, both with the Barrie Colts.
Denis was well over a point per game player in the OHL. In his first season, he amassed 94 points in 61 games and in his second season he improved to 106 games over an equal 61 games. Both seasons, he was second on the Colts in scoring. The first season, he was behind Daniel Tkaczuk and in the second he was behind Sheldon Keefe. The 106 points in his second season was good enough for fourth in the OHL.
In his senior season, the Colts took the Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey League playoff champions with a four games to three victory over the Plymouth Whalers. The team lost in the 2000 Memorial Cup final to Rimouski.
Two times during his junior career, Shvidki represented Russia on the international stage, each time taking home a medal. In 1999, the Russians won gold by defeating Canada. In 2000, it was Russia’s turn to bow out in the final, taking the silver medal with a loss to the Czech Republic.
Shvidki was taken very high by the Florida Panthers in the 1999 NHL draft, going in the first round, 12th overall. Denis played parts of four seasons with the Panthers after graduating from the Ontario Hockey League. In total, he played 76 games, contributing 25 points. In his final season in North America, 2003-04, he led the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage in assists and points with 39 and 54 over 77 games.
During the NHL lock-out year of 2004-05, Denis headed back to Europe and has never looked back. He played four seasons in Russia’s RSL/KHL. This past season, he began the season in Finland’s SM-Liiga with Kärpät but was back in Russia after just four games, this time playing tier 2.