Well, it’s still a bit sketchy, actually but it seems Maxim Spiridonov has officially hung of the blades and is taking an off-ice job with Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL. Max hasn’t played a game since being released by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod on January, 4, 2014. There is word that Spiridonov is part of complete overhaul in Vladivostok’s front office and behind their bench. Although, there is no mention of this on the Admiral official website (completely in Russia so a tough read) as of yet.
Spiridonov played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 1996-97 and 1997-98, with the London Knights. In his second season, he scored 54 and assisted on 44 for 98 points over 66 regular season games. His goal total tied him for second in the league with David Legwand of the Plymouth Whalers, just one goal behind leader Robert Mailloux of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Max placed fourth in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy that year with his 98 points. He was behind league leader Peter Sarno of the Windsor Spitfires, Jeremy Adduono of the Sudbury Wolves and Legwand. However, Spiridonov was awarded the OHL’s discriminatory consolation prize, the Jim Mahon Trophy as the top scoring right winger.
The Edmonton Oilers took Max in the ninth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 241st overall. His first pro hockey came at the end of 1997-98 after the Knights were eliminated in a semi-final sweep by the Ottawa 67’s. Spiridonov appeared in three Turner Cup playoff games with the IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. The Griffins fell to the Cincinnati Cyclones in the opening round.
Over his pro career, Spiridonov played in the IHL, ECHL, AHL, Russia’s RSL, the KHL and Switzerland’s NLA. He has been in Russia since 2001-02, except for the last half of 2007-08 when he played for EHC Basel in Switzerland.
In 2002-03, he led the RSL with 21 goals and tied for sixth in the league with 36 points while playing for Amur Khabarovsk. In 2009-10, with the KHL’s Barys Astana, alongside OHL grads Kevin Dallman and David Nemirovsky on a team led in scoring by Josef Stumpel, Max finished ninth in the league with 24 goals, tied with Alexander Radulov. The league was led in goal scoring that year by Marcel Hossa.
After 2009-10, Max’s numbers dropped off dramatically. In 2013-14, he appeared in just nine games with Barys Astana and three games with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod before being released on January 4.
Admiral were a KHL expansion team for the 2013-14 season. They play home games at the Fetisov Arena in Vladivostok, Russia, a 7,500 seat venue that opened in 2013. As yet, Admiral have yet to win a playoff series and did not qualify for the post season in 2014-15.