Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (born July 31, 1986) is seen here in an ad for Bauer.
Malkin was the second overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. The Russian star began his NHL career in 2006 with Pittsburgh.
In 2007, he won the league's rookie of the year honors (Calder Trophy). He led the league in scoring (Art Ross Trophy) in 2009 and 2012, and won the playoff MVP award (Conn Smythe Trophy) as a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup champions. He was named the league's MVP (Hart Trophy) in 2012.
He has often been overshadowed by his teammate Sidney Crosby and his fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin, but he has proven himself to be among the world's elite players.
He often goes by the nickname "Geno", which was given to him early in his career by his Pittsburgh teammates as he was learning to adapt to the American culture.