Nikolai Antropov remains the first and only proud Kazakh skater to make a lasting impact in the NHL to this day.

The 33-year-old hails from Ust-Kamenogorsk, a city with a large ethnic Russian population in the east of the country near the border with Russia and China. The city is known in most circles as a large mining hub for minerals such as Uranium and Zinc, but people there will tell you instead that it is a hockey town and rightfully so.

Ust-Kamenogorsk has produced more than half of the current players on the country’s national team, as well as nine players with NHL experience in Yevgeni Nabokov, Anton Khudobin, Konstantin Pushkaryov, Dimitri Pätzold, Konstantin Shafranov, Vitali Kolesnik, Vitali Yeremeyev, Alexander Perezhogin, and of course Nik Antropov.


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