The National Hockey league (NHL) is one of the most popular leagues in North America. And if you follow the league, you have probably heard of Kirill Kaprizov.
He played for different teams in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) before making his NHL debut, playing for Minnesota Wild.
Kirill is a budding superstar in ice hockey who showed superb performance even as a rookie last season for Minnesota.
After a season in NHL, he has already received the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year and was included in the NHL All-rookie Team.
As a result, he is considered a talented professional ice hockey player in the NHL.
In addition, he recently signed a $45 million contract for five-year ahead of this season with Minnesota, making him the highest-paid player on the team.
He already made an impact as a rookie at the age of 18, scoring 27 goals in just 56 games.
There’s more to this talented rookie inside and outside the hockey field. Before getting into more details about his life, here are some quick facts.
Some Quick Facts on Kirill Kaprizov
|Full Name||Kirill Olegovich Kaprizov|
|Nick Name||Kirill Kaprizov, Dolla Bill Kirill|
|Birth Date||26 April 1997|
|Birth Place||Novokuznetsk, Russia|
|Age||26 years old|
|Profession||Ice Hockey player|
|Current Team||Minnesota Wild|
|Active Years||2014 – present|
|Father’s Name||Oleg Kaprizov|
|Mother’s Name||Natalya Kaprizova|
|Siblings||One; Anton Kaprizov|
|Weight||92 kg/202 lb|
|Hair Color||Light Brown|
|Net Worth||$3 million approx.|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Youtube|
|Last Update||November, 2023|
Kirill Kaprizov | Early Life, Family, and Education
The budding NHL superstar was born to Oleg Kaprizov and Natalya Kaprizov in Novokuznetsk, Russia. Growing up, Kirill was a very hyperactive child in his village.
His parents decided to divert this energy into something productive, looking at his nature.
Hence, his father took him along with his elder brother, Anton, to the ice rink to show ice hockey.
Even though Anton was not interested in the game but Kirill, on the other hand, instantly fell in love with the sports.
For four years, Kirill traveled back and forth with his father to practice Hockey.
His first coach Andrey Luchanski used an enhanced program to train him and develop his skills in all game positions except for the goaltender.
Kirill played his first match for Kuznetsk Bears in the Junior Hockey League championships and then Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the Kontinental Hockey League.
He first got drafted by the Minnesota Wild of NHL in 2015 but only played for the team in 2021.
Kirill Kaprizov | Height and weight
This 26 Russian weighs about 202 lb (which is about 92 kg) and is about 5 feet 10inches (178) high.
Kirill Kaprizov | Professional Career
Kirill started his professional career as an Ice Hockey Player for Kuznetsk Bears in Junior Hockey League Championships from 2013 to 2014.
He showed superb performance during his seasons with the team, leading to his KHL Junior Draft by the Metallurg Novokuznetsk in 2014 as the team’s first pick.
Kirill showed a fantastic performance during the draft period that impressed the club. Hence, he signed a three-year contract extension in August 2015 but was traded to Salavat Yulaev Ufa in May 2016, where he played for a season and left to join CSKA Moscow.
Kirill played for three-season with CSKA Moscow, where he developed his game even more and helped the team with his incredible stats.
As a result, the team won the 2019 Gagarin Cup finals, crowning him and his team as the Russian Champions.
He registered his 100th goal on 15 October 2019 and became the youngest player in KHL history to do so at 22.
Kirill first got drafted by the Minnesota Wild of NHL in the fifth round of 2015 as a 135th pick. But he played for the club only from 2021.
Despite the draft in 2015 at the age of 18, he continued to play for Metallurg. He then played for Salavat Yulaev Ufa in 2016 and later joined CSKA Moscow (2017).
After his incredible seasons with Moscow, his NHL journey with Minnesota Wild finally began.
Kirill signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Wild and spent 2019-20 seasons as the first year of his contract without making his debut.
Subsequently, he made his NHL debut against Los Angeles Kings on January 14, 2021. Kirill scored three points on his debut, including the game-winning goal in overtime.
In addition, his goal gave the Wilds a 4-3 victory and made him the first NHL player in history to score three points and an overtime goal in his debut game. He also became the third player to achieve an overtime goal in his debut in NHL history.
Subsequently, he was named NHL’s first star for the week ending 17 January 2021.
On his debut season for the Wild, he already broke the Minnesota Wild franchise record for goals in a rookie season, scoring his 19th goal.
In addition, he got awarded Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year for his incredible performance. Hence, he became the first player to win the trophy in Wild franchise history.
Kaprizov has played for the Russian national team in the World Under-18, Junior, and IIHF World Championships.
Also, he was on the Russian team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The team won the gold at the Olympics, where Kirill played essential scoring the goal at a critical moment.
Similarly, Kaprizov was part of the team that grabbed bronze medals in the 2019 Ice Hockey World Championships.
Awards and Achievements
Just at the age of 26 years old, he is already playing exceptionally well, gaining incredible stats, awards, and achievements from the start of his Hockey career.
Here are some such awards and achievements made by him:
- Russian Men’s National Under-18 Hockey team 2015
- Russian Men’s Junior Hockey Team 2016
- Silver Medalist at Ice Hockey World Junior Championship, 2016
- Bronze Medalist at Ice Hockey World Junior Championship, 2017
- Kontinental Hockey league All-Star Game in the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Gargarin Cup champion 2019
- NHL All-Rookie Team 2021
- Olympic Champion at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
- Best forward of Ice Hockey World Junior Championship, 2017
- Best bombardier of the Sweden tournament of Euro Hockey Tour, 2017
- Priceless Player at KHL, 2019
- Best Sniper at KHL 2019, 2020
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner at NHL, 2021
Minnesota Wild records:
- Most Goals by a rookie, scoring 27 (2020-21)
- Most Points by a rookie, scoring 51 (2020-21)
Kirill Kaprizov | Relationship
Kaprizov is very quiet about his life outside the field, so not much about his relationships.
Since Kirill prefers to keep his personal life away from the limelight, sources confirm that he is single and focused on his career.
He has never been engaged, nor has children. However, he recently became the godfather and namesake of his CSKA Moscow teammate Nikita Nesterov‘s son Kirill Nesterov.
Kirill Kaprizov | Net Worth & Charity
Looking at his early start as an Ice Hockey player and successful career just at the age of 24, he indeed has garnered a good net worth.
Not much is known about his previous salary, but his net worth is found to be approximately $3 million.
He signed a two-year $2.775 million contract with Minnesota for his first NHL team. Recently, he signed a 5-year deal with Minnesota Wild on 21 September 2021. The contract is worth $45 million.
His base salary will be $5 million while carrying a cap hit of $9 million. He will become a free agent in 2026.
And as a result of the contract, Kaprizov became the highest-paid sophomore in NHL history.
Kirill Kaprizov attended a Charity match organized by Artemiy Panarin Charitable Foundation on August 18 to support 14-year-old hockey player Gleb Bannov.
The 14-year-old was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, which needed a heart transplant.
The match was played at Arena Play, Moscow, and Kirill attended with fellow players.
He also attended a hockey game and other 2018 Olympic Champion teammates to raise money for Christovo Sedtsa charity fund at Sirius Center’s Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia.
Kirill Kaprizov | Social Media
The Hockey player is quite busy with his professional career, so he has less time for personal life and social media.
But still, he takes time outside the Hockey field to do what he loves besides Hockey.
He sometimes shares his photos and videos on Instagram. To look more at his latest pictures and know more about his life, you can follow him on Instagram.
Kaprizov is fond of dogs and often shares pictures with his dogs on Instagram. Besides Hockey, he also loves water sports like surfing. It can be seen from his posts.
Not to mention, his Insta is filled with pictures of him and his family, friends, and teammates. Kirill also has a Twitter account. To know his latest tweets on Twitter, click on the link here.
He sometimes posts videos on his Youtube channel with 2.35k subscribers (Nov 2021). For the latest videos, you can visit his Youtube channel here.
Kirill is continuing his incredible plays for Minnesota, and it would be exciting to see how he builds his legacy in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does Dollar Dollar Bill Kirill mean?
Dollar Dollar Bill Kirill is the nickname of Hockey player Kirill Kaprizov. The name to him by Matt Dumba earlier this season because he has money with the puck on his stick.
Who is the highest-paid Wild player?
Kirill Kaprizov’s recent contract of $45 million with a $9 million cap hit makes him the highest-paid Wild player.