Florida Jr Panthers - 14U AA
Head Coach: Denis Shvidki
Shvidki, born in Kharkov, Ukraine, started skating at the age of nine. By the time he was 15, he was playing professional hockey in Russia for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv (then Yaroslavl Torpedo). At 17, Denis moved to Canada and started his first of two seasons with the Barrie Colts (OHL). Denis amassed 200 points at Barrie during that time. In the 1999 NHL Draft, Denis was selected 12th overall by the Florida Panthers and spent parts of six seasons with the organization including 76 games and 25 points for the Florida Panthers. He also played 173 games in the AHL (Louisville Panthers, San Antonio Rampage, Utah Grizzlies) where he amassed 112 points and was selected to two AHL All-Star games. In other professional stops, Denis spent his final eight seasons playing in Russia in the Kontinental Hockey League and in Germany in the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga). Denis brings his 17 years of professional hockey experience to the Florida Panthers IceDen as one of our newest instructors!