Russia men's national ice hockey team

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Russia
Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation 2.svg
The coat of arms of Russia is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Nickname(s) Красная Машина
( The Red Machine )
Association Russian Hockey Federation
Head coach Valeri Bragin
AssistantsAlbert Leschev
Stefan Persson
Konstantin Shafranov
Alexander Titov
Captain Anton Slepyshev
Home stadium Legends Park
Team colors   
IIHF codeRUS
Russia national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 IHWC.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 3 Decrease2.svg 1 (6 June 2021) [1]
Highest IIHF1 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF7 (2004)
First international
Russia  Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg 2–2 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; 12 April 1992)
Biggest win
Russia  Flag of Russia.svg 10–0 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 15 May 2019)
Biggest defeat
Finland  Flag of Finland.svg 7–1 Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
(Helsinki, Finland; 22 April 1997)
Russia  Flag of Russia.svg 1–7 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
(Moscow, Russia; 20 December 1997)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances29 (first in 1992 )
Best result Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (1993, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1996 )
Best result Simple bronze cup.svg 3rd: (1996)
Olympics
Appearances7 (first in 1994 )
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold: (2018 as OAR) [2] [lower-alpha 1]
Silver medal.svg Silver: (1998)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: (2002)
Medal record
Representing Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2002 Salt Lake City Team
World Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1993 Germany
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Canada
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2009 Switzerland
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2012 Finland/Sweden
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2014 Belarus
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2002 Sweden
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Germany
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2015 Czech Republic
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005 Austria
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2007 Russia
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2016 Russia
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2017 Germany/France
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2019 Slovakia
World Cup
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1996 Montreal
Medal record
Representing Olympic flag.svg  Olympic Athletes from Russia
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2018 Pyeongchang Team

The Russian men's national ice hockey team (Russian : Сборная России по хоккею с шайбой) is the national men's ice hockey team of Russia, overseen by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of 2021, they are rated third in the IIHF World Ranking. [2] The team has been competing internationally since 1992 and is recognized by the IIHF as the successor to the Soviet Union team and CIS team. The Russian team is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world and a member of the so-called "Big Six," the unofficial group of the six strongest men's ice hockey nations, along with Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and the United States. [3] The European nations of the Big Six participate in the Euro Hockey Tour, which Russia won seven times since 2005. [4] Since June 2020, the head coach is Valeri Bragin, taking over after Alexei Kudashov. [5] [6]

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Since the establishment of the team, Russia has participated in every IIHF World Championships tournament and every Olympic ice hockey tournament, winning five world championships and one Olympic gold. [lower-alpha 1]

History

Origins

The Allrussian Hockey League was founded by some clubs in the Russian Empire and entered the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1911. [10] However, probably due to misunderstandings ("hockey" was identified with bandy or Russian hockey in Russia, not with the modern ice hockey rules developed in Canada) the Russian team left the organization. There were no matches involving a team from Imperial Russia. [11]

Interest in this exotic sport grew in the Soviet Union in the 2nd half of the 1940s. The first reactions were skeptical; one sports journal, Physical Culture and Sports, characterized it as such: "The game is quite individual and primitive, with few combinations, not as in bandy. Therefore, Canadian hockey should not be cultivated into our country..." [11] However, Canadian hockey became more and more popular in the Soviet Union.

The first Soviet Championships League was introduced in 1946. The national team was formed shortly after, playing their first matches in a series of exhibitions against LTC Praha in 1948. [12] [13] In 1952, the Hockey Federation of the USSR joined the International Ice Hockey League, and so received the permission to play in the World Championships and the Olympics. That year is seen as the birth of the Soviet national ice hockey team, the predecessor team of the Russia men's national ice hockey team. [14] The Soviets won the 1954 Ice Hockey World Championships, and two years later they won gold at the 1956 Winter Olympics. [10]

From then until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the "Red Machine" (Russian : Красная Машина; Krasnaya Mashina) was one of the most dominant teams in international play, winning nearly every World Championship and Olympic tournament, [15] [10] as well as defeating many teams with professional players, such as in the 1974 Summit Series, the Super Series, and the 1981 Canada Cup. Until 1977, professional players were not able to participate in the World Championship, and it was not until 1988 that they could play in the Winter Olympics. The Soviet team was populated with amateur players who were hired by Soviet enterprises (aircraft industry, food workers, tractor industry) or organizations (KGB, Red Army, Soviet Air Force) that sponsored what would be presented as an after-hours social sports society hockey team for their workers but were set-up for the athletes to train full-time. [16] [17] This type of amateur player was contested by Canada and the United States whose best players were participating in professional leagues. [18]

After the USSR's dissolution

The Soviet Union dissolved shortly before the 1992 Winter Olympics, so a Unified Team largely consisting of the former Soviet republics competed instead. The CIS national ice hockey team, consisting of 21 Russian players, 1 Lithuanian and 1 Ukrainian, competed as part of this Olympic delegation. The team finished second in its preliminary group, beating co-favorites Canada, 5–4, but losing to Czechoslovakia, 3–4. The CIS team then defeated the Finns and Americans, 6–1 and 5–2, respectively. In the final, they played Canada again, winning 3–1 and claimed the gold medal. The team was coached by the Russian and former Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov. In later years, the IIHF recognized this gold medal as being won by the Russian national team, rather than by the CIS. [7] [8] However, the International Olympic Committee has not recognized Russia as the Olympic champions for this Winter Games.

Russia joined the IIHF as an independent state on 6 May 1992, along with 10 other states, including seven other former Soviet republics. Unlike the others, which applied as new member states and had to begin playing at the bottom tiers of the World Championship, Russia was allowed to replace the Soviet Union in its position and was thus entered into the elite division for the 1992 World Championship. [19] Russia's first actual games after the Soviet dissolution were a series of five friendly games between Sweden, Germany and Switzerland, all taking place in April 1992, the debut game occurring on 12 April 1992 against Sweden and ending in a 2–2 draw. [20] At the 1992 World Championship Russia finished first in its preliminary group but lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals, 2–0. They, however, won the next edition of the tournament, beating Germany, Canada, and Sweden in the playoffs and clinching their first title as Russia and 23rd, including the USSR's totals.

The post-Soviet drought

As the USSR fell apart, so did Russia's elite hockey program. At the 1994 Winter Olympics they finished fourth overall, losing the bronze medal match to Finland. Russia also competed at the 1996 World Cup, the successor tournament to the Canada Cup, where the team lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, the United States. At the 1998 Winter Olympics, Russia won five consecutive games and reached the gold medal match, where they lost to the Czech Republic, 0–1. [21]

During the drought in 1994, Russian journalist Vsevolod Kukushkin reported that "The people are upset. Russia is a nation of critics." He said the Russian team was struggling with finances to support training, no funding was received from the national level, and professional teams in Russia were struggling to stay afloat. He also reported that the Russian people were upset at losing the nation's best players to the National Hockey League, and not playing on the Russian national team. [22]

The Russian resurgence

The Bykov period

After failing to win the gold medal between 1993 and 2007, the Russians restructured the national league as the KHL [23] and hired the 1993 World Champion, Vyacheslav Bykov, as the head coach. [24] Another 1993 champion, Sergey Fedorov, was named the team captain. [25] Afterwards, Russia won the 2008 [26] and 2009 World Ice Hockey Championships with perfect records, beating Canada in the finals two times in a row. [27] The Russians would make another run in 2010, losing to the Czech Republic in the gold medal game. However, the disastrous 2010 Olympics and 2011 World Championships led to Bykov's removal. [28]

Bilyaletdinov at the helm

Bykov was replaced with Bilyaletdinov, under whose leadership Russia won the 2012 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships with yet another perfect record, beating Slovakia, 6–2, in the gold medal game. [29] However, as a result of the 2013 Championship and 2014 Olympic performances, Bilyaletdinov was replaced with Oleg Znarok. [30]

The Znarok years

Znarok then led the Russians to the gold medal in the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship after defeating Finland 5–2 in the final, with a perfect record. [31] The 2014 tournament result set the most perfect records in the IIHF World Championships. [32] For this accomplishment, the Russian team was honored in the Kremlin. [33]

In each subsequent tournament, Russia earned a medal, including the silver medal in 2015 and the bronze medals in 2016 and 2017. The team also reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, losing to Canada, the eventual winner.

Russian players met with President Vladimir Putin on 31 January 2018, prior to their departure to South Korea Vladimir Putin meets with Russian sportsmen - participants of the XXIII Olympic winter games 13.jpg
Russian players met with President Vladimir Putin on 31 January 2018, prior to their departure to South Korea

In 2018, the Russian Olympic Committee was disqualified by the International Olympic Committee for doping, but the Russian players were cleared to participate by the IOC under the Olympic flag as the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) using professional Russian hockey players with no previous drug violations and a consistent history of drug testing. [34] Like the rest of the Olympic hockey teams in 2018, the Russian team could not use NHL players due to the league's prohibiting player participation in the Olympics. As a result, the team relied on players from the KHL (15 from a reigning champion, SKA Saint Petersburg, 8 from CSKA Moscow and 2 from Metallurg Magnitogorsk).

After a loss in their first game to Slovakia, the OAR team defeated Slovenia and the United States, qualifying for the quarterfinals. The team then defeated Norway and the Czech Republic to reach the finals. The team won the gold medal after a 4–3 overtime victory over the German team in the final. Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk each won their first gold in their fifth Olympic appearance and together with Slava Voynov, were the only players with prior Olympic experience on the team. [35] In its post-Olympics World Ranking, the IIHF considered the OAR team as the Russian team in its rankings. [2] The IIHF considers this victory to be Russia's second gold medal in the Olympics, as they also attributed the 1992 Unified Team gold medal to Russia, [8] however, the IOC does not attribute either of these results to Russia. [36]

After the Olympics, Znarok became a consultant for the Russian National Team. He retired as Russia's most decorated modern head coach, with a World Championship, an Olympic gold medal, and a Euro Hockey Tour victory. [37]

Vorobiev as head coach

Ilya Vorobiev was hired as the interim head coach of the Russian national hockey team in April 2018 for the 2018 IIHF World Championship and the second half of 2017–18 Euro Hockey Tour. In the remainder of Euro Hockey Tour, Vorobiev led the Russian team to a 1–5 record, following the 5–1 record of the Znarok-led team in the first half of 2017–18 Euro Hockey Tour, for the team to finish 6–6 on the season. [38] At the 2018 World Championship, Russia finished second in its group and lost to Canada 4–5 in the quarterfinal, finishing sixth overall.

Next season, Russia went 8–4 in the 2018–19 Euro Hockey Tour, winning the competition [39] and went all the way to the semi-final at the 2019 World Championship, where it lost to Finland before beating the Czech Republic for the bronze. Following the World Championship, Vorobyov was dismissed and replaced with Alexei Kidashev. [40] [41]

Kudashev's realm

Kudashev went 3–6 at the 2019–20 Euro Hockey Tour before the 2020 IIHF World Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kudashev was sacked in June 2020 and replaced with Valeri Bragin, a decorated coach of the Russia men's U20 team. [42] [43]

Bragin's team

Bragin proceeded to win the 2020–21 Euro Hockey Tour with a 10–2 record. At the 2021 IIHF World Championship, Russia went 6–1 in the group stage but then lost in the quarter-finals to Canada, which finished with a 3–4 record in the group stage but went on to win the tournament. [44] [45] [46] After the tournament Bragin was confirmed to lead Russia in the 2022 Winter Olympics with possible reinforcements. [47]

Tournament record

Olympic Games

The bronze medal-winning Russian team at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Russia men's hockey team 2002.jpg
The bronze medal-winning Russian team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
GamesGPWLTGFGACoachCaptainRosterFinish
19561988 AsFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of France.svg 1992, Albertville As Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Flag of Norway.svg 1994, Lillehammer 84402624 Viktor Tikhonov Alexander Smirnov roster 4th place
Flag of Japan.svg 1998, Nagano 65102612 Vladimir Yurzinov Pavel Bure roster Silver medal icon.svg Silver
Flag of the United States.svg 2002, Salt Lake City 63211914 Viacheslav Fetisov Igor Larionov roster Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
Flag of Italy.svg 2006, Turin 85302518 Vladimir Krikunov Alexei Kovalev roster 4th place
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2010, Vancouver 42201613 Vyacheslav Bykov Alexei Morozov roster 6th place
Flag of Russia.svg 2014, Sochi 5320138 Zinetula Bilyaletdinov Pavel Datsyuk roster 5th place
Flag of South Korea.svg 2018, Pyeongchang As Olympic flag.svg  Olympic Athletes from Russia [2]
6510279 Oleg Znarok Pavel Datsyuk roster Gold medal icon.svg Gold

World Championship

Alexander Semin's first goal in IIHF World Championship 2008 Final Alexander Semin first goal in final 2008 IIHF World Championship.JPG
Alexander Semin's first goal in IIHF World Championship 2008 Final
ChampionshipGPWOWTOLLGFGACoachCaptainFinish
19541991 As Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 1992 Prague, Bratislava 64112312 Viktor Tikhonov Vitali Prokhorov 5th place
Flag of Germany.svg 1993 Munich, Dortmund 85123018 Boris Mikhailov Vyacheslav Bykov Gold medal icon.svgGold
Flag of Italy.svg 1994 Bolzano, Canazei and Milan 64113110 Boris Mikhailov Ilya Byakin 5th place
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Stockholm, Gävle 65012612 Boris Mikhailov Vyacheslav Bykov 5th place
Flag of Austria.svg 1996 Vienna 860113317 Vladimir Vasilyev Alexei Yashin 4th place
Flag of Finland.svg 1997 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 115333533 Igor Dmitriev Sergei Bautin 4th place
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1998 Basel, Zürich 64112918 Vladimir Yurzinov Vitali Prokhorov 5th place
Flag of Norway.svg 1999 Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer 63121813 Alexander Yakushev Alexei Yashin 5th place
Flag of Russia.svg 2000 St. Petersburg 5104812 Alexander Yakushev Pavel Bure 11th place
Flag of Germany.svg 2001 Nuremberg, Cologne, Hanover 630121915 Boris Mikhailov Alexei Yashin 6th place
Flag of Sweden.svg 2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 821142222 Boris Mikhailov Andrei Kovalenko Silver medal icon.svg Silver
Flag of Finland.svg 2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 62041617 Vladimir Plyuschev Sergei Gusev 7th place
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2004 Prague, Ostrava 51041014 Viktor Tikhonov Oleg Tverdovsky 10th place
Flag of Austria.svg 2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 841212618 Vladimir Krikunov Alexei Kovalev Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
Flag of Latvia.svg 2006 Riga 641102515 Vladimir Krikunov Maxim Sushinsky 5th place
Flag of Russia.svg 2007 Moscow 870103513 Vyacheslav Bykov Petr Schastlivy Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2008 Quebec City, Halifax 853003617 Vyacheslav Bykov Alexei Morozov Gold medal icon.svgGold
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2009 Bern, Kloten 871003617 Vyacheslav Bykov Alexei Morozov Gold medal icon.svgGold
Flag of Germany.svg 2010 Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen 870012810 Vyacheslav Bykov Ilya Kovalchuk Silver medal icon.svg Silver
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2011 Bratislava, Košice 830141825 Vyacheslav Bykov Alexei Morozov 4th place
Flag of Finland.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 2012 Helsinki, Stockholm 10100004414 Zinetula Bilyaletdinov Ilya Nikulin Gold medal icon.svgGold
Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of Finland.svg 2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 850033222 Zinetula Bilyaletdinov Ilya Nikulin 6th place
Flag of Belarus.svg 2014 Minsk 10100004210 Oleg Znarok Alexander Ovechkin Gold medal icon.svgGold
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2015 Prague, Ostrava 1061124025 Oleg Znarok Ilya Kovalchuk Silver medal icon.svg Silver
Flag of Russia.svg 2016 Moscow, St. Petersburg 1080024416 Oleg Znarok Pavel Datsyuk Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg 2017 Paris, Cologne 1071024517 Oleg Znarok Sergei Mozyakin Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
Flag of Denmark.svg 2018 Copenhagen, Herning 850213615 Ilya Vorobiev Pavel Datsyuk 6th place
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2019 Bratislava, Košice 1081014313 Ilya Vorobiev Ilya Kovalchuk Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2020 Zürich, Lausanne Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic [48]
Flag of Latvia.svg 2021 Riga 851112912 Valeri Bragin Anton Slepyshev 5th place
Flag of Finland.svg 2022 Helsinki, Tampere

World Cup

YearGPWLTGFGACoachCaptainFinish
1996 World Cup of Hockey 52301919 Boris Mikhailov Viacheslav Fetisov Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze (tie)
2004 World Cup of Hockey 42201211 Zinetula Bilyaletdinov Alexei Kovalev 5th place
2016 World Cup of Hockey 42201110 Oleg Znarok Alexander Ovechkin 4th place
President Dmitry Medvedev meets with the national hockey team Dmitry Medvedev 20 May 2008-2.jpg
President Dmitry Medvedev meets with the national hockey team

Euro Hockey Tour

The Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) started in 1996 and is held every season between the quartet of European nations of the Big Six nations of ice hockey. The usual format is to have the teams play against each other four times, once in Finland, once in Russia, once in Sweden, and once in the Czech Republic. There are occasional deviations from the format if additional nations, such as Canada, are invited to compete. Russia has won the EHT seven times as of 2018.

Euro Hockey Tour medal table

CountryGoldSilverBronzeMedals
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 97723
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 96520
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 47415
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 34815

Tournament summary

Russia's Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) Cup medal table

As of September 2021

TournamentGoldSilverBronzeMedals
Karjala Tournament 86923
Channel One Cup 136423
Sweden Hockey Games 54716
Czech Hockey Games 46515
Total30222577

Other tournaments

Team

Current roster

Roster for the 2021 IIHF World Championship. [49]

Head coach: Valeri Bragin [50]

No.Pos.NameHeightWeightBirthdateTeam
2D Artyom Zub 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)90 kg (200 lb)3 October 1995 (age 25) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ottawa Senators
4D Vladislav Gavrikov A 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)97 kg (214 lb)21 November 1995 (age 25) Flag of the United States.svg Columbus Blue Jackets
7D Dmitry Orlov 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)92 kg (203 lb)23 July 1991 (age 30) Flag of the United States.svg Washington Capitals
8F Ivan Morozov 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)89 kg (196 lb)5 May 2000 (age 21) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
9D Ivan Provorov 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)91 kg (201 lb)13 January 1997 (age 24) Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Flyers
10F Sergey Tolchinsky 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)72 kg (159 lb)3 February 1995 (age 26) Flag of Russia.svg Avangard Omsk
11F Dmitri Voronkov 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)86 kg (190 lb)10 September 2000 (age 21) Flag of Russia.svg Ak Bars Kazan
15F Pavel Karnaukhov 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)95 kg (209 lb)15 March 1997 (age 24) Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
16D Nikita Zadorov 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)104 kg (229 lb)16 April 1995 (age 26) Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Blackhawks
21F Konstantin Okulov 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)82 kg (181 lb)18 February 1995 (age 26) Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
25F Mikhail Grigorenko 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)95 kg (209 lb)16 May 1994 (age 27) Flag of the United States.svg Columbus Blue Jackets
27D Igor Ozhiganov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)94 kg (207 lb)13 October 1992 (age 28) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
31G Alexander Samonov 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)76 kg (168 lb)23 August 1995 (age 26) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
32G Sergei Bobrovsky 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)86 kg (190 lb)20 September 1988 (age 32) Flag of the United States.svg Florida Panthers
37F Evgeny Timkin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)99 kg (218 lb)3 September 1990 (age 31) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
57F Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)84 kg (185 lb)3 March 1995 (age 26) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
58F Anton Slepyshev C 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)98 kg (216 lb)13 May 1994 (age 27) Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
60GK Ivan Bocharov 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)76 kg (168 lb)18 May 1995 (age 26) Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow
71F Anton Burdasov A 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)97 kg (214 lb)9 May 1991 (age 30) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
72F Emil Galimov 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)84 kg (185 lb)9 May 1992 (age 29) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
78F Maxim Shalunov 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)90 kg (200 lb)31 January 1993 (age 28) Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
81F Vladislav Kamenev 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)88 kg (194 lb)12 August 1996 (age 25) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
87D Rushan Rafikov 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)91 kg (201 lb)15 May 1995 (age 26) Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
89D Nikita Nesterov 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)83 kg (183 lb)28 March 1993 (age 28) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Calgary Flames
91F Vladimir Tarasenko 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)95 kg (209 lb)13 December 1991 (age 29) Flag of the United States.svg St. Louis Blues
94F Alexander Barabanov 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)89 kg (196 lb)17 June 1994 (age 27) Flag of the United States.svg San Jose Sharks
96F Andrei Kuzmenko 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)88 kg (194 lb)4 February 1996 (age 25) Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg
98D Grigori Dronov 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)91 kg (201 lb)10 January 1998 (age 23) Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Coaching history

Olympics
World Championships
World Cup

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Some controversy exists over how many Olympic gold medals should be attributed to the Russian national team. The IIHF and Ice Hockey Federation of Russia consider Russia to have won gold at the Olympics twice, attributing the 1992 gold medal victory to the Russian national team as the immediate successor of the CIS team, as well as the 2018 gold medal by the Olympic Athletes from Russia. [7] [8] However, the International Olympic Committee does not recognize Russia as ever having won the gold medal in an Olympic tournament, as the 1992 and 2018 tournaments were won by athletes from the Unified Team and Olympic Athletes from Russia delegations, respectively, and not by a Russian delegation. [9]

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The CIS national ice hockey team was an ephemeral national ice hockey team that represented the Commonwealth of Independent States. Essentially the former Soviet team under a different name, the CIS team existed in the few months between the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the formation of new ice hockey federations for the former Soviet states, now independent countries. Most notably, the team competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics as part of the Unified Team, winning the gold medal. However, the International Ice Hockey Federation would later attribute this gold medal to Russia as the successor state. The International Olympic Committee does not attribute that medal to Russia. After the Olympics, the CIS team ceased to exist and was replaced by the Russian team. In the 13 games the CIS played, they won 11 and lost 2.

Sergei Makarov (ice hockey) Russian ice hockey player

Sergei Mikhailovich Makarov is a Russian former ice hockey right wing and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He was voted one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.

The 2015 IIHF World Championship Final was played at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on 17 May 2015 between Canada and Russia. The game started at 20:45 local time (UTC+02:00). It was the third time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 that Russia and Canada met in the IIHF World Championship Final. Canada got on the board first, scoring late in the first period. They proceeded to dominate the second period, outshooting Russia 14–1 and scoring three goals. Canada added two goals in the third period before Russia scored one to make the final score 6–1.

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