Height 1.83 m
Weight 92 kg
|Name Yuri Babenko|
Career start 1995
Role Ice hockey player
|Born January 2, 1978 (age 37)
Penza, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (1978-01-02) |
KHL team Former teams Dynamo Moscow Krylya Sovetov Moscow Colorado Avalanche Khimik Voskresensk HC MVD Metallurg Magnitogorsk SKA St. Petersburg
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1996 Colorado Avalanche
Yuri Ivanovich Babenko (born 2 January 1978) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player who last played for Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Babenko was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 in the 2nd round, 51st overall. After a season in the Ontario Hockey League for the Plymouth Whalers, Babenko joined the Avalanche organization in 1998. After three seasons in the American Hockey League for the Hershey Bears, he finally made his NHL debut for Colorado during the 2000–01 NHL season, playing 3 games in all without registering a point.
Babenko spent another year with Hershey before returning to Russia with Dynamo Moscow. He has also played for Khimik Voskresensk, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and SKA St. Petersburg.
On June 28, 2009, Babenko returned on a one-year contract to former club HC MVD for the 2009–10 season. After scoring 10 point in 35 games and helping MVD advance to the finals, Babenko followed MVD into the merger with Dynamo Moscow, to sign with UHC Dynamo for the 2010–11 season on May 29, 2010.