Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov will become a Canadian citizen on Friday.
Markov, originally from Voskresensk, Russia, is expected be sworn in at a federal ministry building in Montreal along with 27 other people.
The 31-year old blueliner came to Canada in 2000 after being selected in the 6th round, 162nd overall, of the 1998 draft. He has played 616 games over nine years in the NHL, all with the Canadiens.
Markov missed a large chunk of last season after getting hurt in the Canadiens' opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished the season with six goals and 28 assists in 45 games after recording a career-best 64 points in 2008-09.