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From Russia with Shot

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 4, 2005

TROY - Like many hockey wingers with an Eastern Hemisphere background, Andrei Uryadov plays an off wing; he's a left-handed right winger.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team is overloaded at the right wing position, even with leading scorer Kirk MacDonald sidelined indefinitely while he recuperates from testicular cancer.

Uryadov, a St. Petersburg, Russia native, could be the main fill-in for MacDonald until he returns, or he could move to the left side.

He's just here to help with his solid all-around play.

"I've played a little left wing but I try to stay on the right side," Uryadov said. "But I'll play wherever coach says."

Rensselaer coach Dan Fridgen says plenty about the 6-0, 195-pound Uryadov and that he plans to have him in the lineup right away.

"Andrei is an offensively gifted left-shot winger," Fridgen said. "He has great speed, good hands and a strong shot."

Uryadov was a big scorer and backchecker during the past three seasons at Connecticut's South Kent School in the New England Prep School Hockey Association. In 87 games, he totaled 144 points on 75 goals and 69 assists while being whistled for 63 penalty minutes.

Uryadov's parents are both still in St. Petersburg but he moved here six years ago as a 14 year-old.

"I played four years at South Kent School and a PG (post-grad) year," he said, adding RPI was his top choice as a college.

Uryadov is proud of his solid all-around play.

"I try to excel at everything and work hard to get better at every part of the game," he said. "I think I'm a defensive forward."