Russian-born ice hockey defender. He played in the United States for the National Hockey League's 1997 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings team.
He began his career with the CSKA Moscow hockey club. He was drafted in 1989 to the Detroit Red Wings.
A severe 1997 limousine accident left him with significant physical and mental impairment and prematurely ended his hockey career.
He and his wife Irina became parents to a daughter named Anastasia.
He and Johan Franzen played a decade apart on Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings teams.