Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk secured a lot of routine and experience of the 35-year-old Belarusian Andrei Kostitsyn for the upcoming KHL season 2020-21.

IIHF World Championship 2017 Slovenia – Belarus: #46 Andrei Kostitsyn, #32 Gasper Kroselj, Paris, Bercy. © Robanser

The career continues for Andrei Kostitsyn, born in Novopolotsk, Belarus. At Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk he is playing his ninth season and it is his sixth KHL team. Previously Kostitsyn played with Traktor Chelyabinsk, HC Sochi, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, Kunlun Red Star and his home club Dinamo Minsk.

The 35-year-old strong forward was drafted into position 1 in the 1st round in the 2003 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He played for CSKA Moscow in the 2003-04 season before joining the AHL team of the Canadiens, the Hamilton Bulldogs. He played his first NHL in the 2005-06 season. He commuted the next two between AHL and NHL. But with his very good performance in these years, he made the leap into the NHL. Kostitsyn then played with the Canadiens from 2007-08 to 2012. In 2012 he was traded to the Nashville Predators and also reached the play-offs. After this season, Andrei joined KHL at Traktor Chelyabinsk. HC Sochi, Torpedo, Kunlun Red Star followed before playing at Dinamo Minsk in his home country Now came the offer from Nizhnekamsk that the forward also accepted.

In the Belarusian national team Kostitsyn was and is a fixed point in the squad. For the junior teams, he played in a total of nine U18 and U20 World Championships. Andrei Kostitsyn played for a total of 11 World Championships for the Belarusian A National Team. In the 2003-04 season, he managed to get back into the top division with the U20 and the senior team at the respective IIHF World Championships.