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Mogilny was one of the first Soviet ice hockey players to defect to the NHL. In the Soviet Union, he played on a line with center Sergei Fedorov and winger Pavel Bure. He represented the Soviet Union in 1988 and 1989 at the World Junior Hockey Championships, winning the Best Forward award in 1988. After the medal ceremony of 1989 championships, he left the Soviet team and was flown to North America by representatives of the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL club that had drafted him a year earlier.
In the NHL, he has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, and the New Jersey Devils (winning the Stanley Cup in 2000) and is currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has won numerous awards, including Lady Byng Trophy (given to most 'gentlemanly' player) in 2002-03 NHL season. Mogilny was the leading goal scorer in NHL in 1992-93 NHL season and has been the leading scorer on his team several seasons.
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