The team’s statement thanks eight hockey players, including not only Daugaviņš, but also captain Aleksandrs Sjomins, experienced Eugene Atrjuhin, as well as Matthias Tedenby and Justin Denforts, who spent the productive season.
Daugaviņš stood out in 58 games this season with 17 goals and 32 assists. He became the first Latvian hockey player this season, who managed to score more than 44 points in the regular season. Lauris Dārziņš and Miķelis Rēdlihs had done it before.
“Vitjaz” fans recognized Daugaviņš as the best player of this season.
The Moscow region unit took ninth place in the Western Conference this season and did not enter the playoffs.
Daugaviņš, 32, spent the previous two seasons in the Spartak unit in Moscow. Last season, he scored 19 goals and made 21 assists in 59 games in the regular championship, but in the Gagarin Cup, the Latvian had one accurate throw and three assists.
Before playing for Spartak, he spent less than three seasons in KHL with Nizhny Novgorod’s Torpedo, but before that he played Moscow’s Dynamo for a little over a season. He also played for KHL in the 2012/2013 season, when he represented Riga’s “Dinamo” during the National Hockey League (NHL) lockout.
KHL Daugaviņš has played 459 games in the field, in which he has scored 118 goals and made 175 assists.
Daugaviņš has also played a total of 98 games in the NHL Championship, representing the Ottawa “Senators” and Boston “Bruins” teams. In 2013, he also played with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup final. In the NHL, he stood out with six goals and nine assists.
The striker is one of the highest drafted Latvian hockey players. He was chosen by the Senators in the 2006 NHL draft with a total number of 91.
Between a career in the NHL and KHL, Daugaviņš spent the 2013/2014 season in the Swiss team at the Geneva Servette.
Daugaviņš has represented the national team in nine world championships and has been the national team captain for the last three years. The attacker has also played in two Olympic Games.
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