I currently play for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). I was selected by the Panthers in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. My father, Aleksander Barkov Sr., is a former Russian hockey player and he gave me the spark for playing hockey. I have Russian citizenship due to my Russian roots, but I have spent my whole life in Finland. I grew up in Tampere where I started my ice hockey journey in the Tappara Junior Organization. At an early stage I also made my choice to represent the Finnish National team.
While playing in the Finnish National Hockey League, (SM-Liiga) for Tappara, I broke several records. Some of these records included: youngest player to score a point and player to score a goal and earn the most points as an under 20-year-old player. I also broke several Finnish National team records, such as the youngest player to play in the Olympic Games and the youngest player to score at the U20 World Championships. However, the most memorable record for me is the youngest player to score a goal in the NHL in modern history. This accomplishment happened on October 4th, 2013 when I scored in my first NHL game against the Dallas Stars.
My ultimate dream is to win the Stanley Cup and become the MVP in the NHL. I am working extremely hard and doing my best every day to achieve this goal. We have a fantastic team at the moment, so hopefully my dreams will come true soon. See you at the BB&T center!