Nikita Alexeev played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2000-01, all with the Erie Otters. The Otters were Midwest Division regular season champions in Alexeev’s final two seasons and Hamilton Spectator winners in 2000-01. The Otters were ousted in the Western Conference finals that season by the Plymouth Whalers, four games to one. Nikita was selected to the OHL’s Third Team All-Star squad in his final season.
Alexeev was taken eighth overall in the 2000 NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 44 games with the Lightning in his first season of professional hockey and only 34 in his second. It wasn’t until the 2006-07 season when Nikita would play in the NHL again. He put in 78 games between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. That would be his last season in North America.
2007-08 saw Nikita shift to Russia’s KHL (at the time still called the RSL). He entered the league with Ak-Bars Kazan and has been with team since. Kazan has won the KHL championship (Gagarin Cup) the past two seasons and are currently sitting three points out of first place in the league’s Eastern Conference.
Nikita appears in this previous post at OHL Alumni Central listing the graduates of the Erie Otters still active in professional hockey during the 2009-10 seasons.