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Russian national ice hockey team


Russian national ice hockey team

Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Большая Красная Машина (Big Red Machine)
Association Russian Hockey Federation
General Manager Alexei Kasatonov
Head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov
Assistants Valeri Belov
Vladimir Myshkin
Igor Nikitin
Dmitri Yushkevich
Captain Ilya Nikulin
Most games Maxim Sushinski (119)
Most points Ilya Kovalchuk (102)
IIHF ranking 3 Decrease2
Highest IIHF ranking 1 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF ranking 7 (2004)
Team colours               
First international
 Russia 2–2 Sweden 
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; April 12, 1992)
Biggest win

 Russia 12–3 Great Britain 
(Bolzano, Italy; April 26, 1994)

 Russia 10–1 Kazakhstan 
(Riga, Latvia; May 6, 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Slovakia 9–1 Russia 
(Chamonix, France; December 29, 1993)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 22 (first in 1992)
Best result Olympics
Appearances 5 (first in 1994)
Medals 2002)
International record (W–L–T)

The Russian men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Russia, and are controlled by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. They are currently rated number one in the IIHF World Rankings; with 3980 points. The team has been competing internationally since 1993, and is recognized by the IIHF as the successor to the Soviet Union Hockey Federation and have passed its ranking on to Russia. Today, it still follows a long tradition of Soviet hockey team, composed mostly of Russian players. The Russian team replaced the Unified Team of the ice hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth of Independent States team of the 1992 World Championships.

The Soviets were the most dominant teams of all time in international play. The team won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament between 1954 and 1991 held by the International Ice Hockey Federation. As Russia has won the 1993, 2008, 2009 and 2012 World Ice Hockey Championships, and excelled at a very high level, they are currently ranked 1st in the IIHF World Rankings for the past 4 years. Russia has a total of 63580 players,[1] about 0.05% of its population. As of June 2011, their head coach is Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.

The top three nominees for the 2009 Hart Memorial Trophy (the most valuable player award in the National Hockey League) all play for the Russian team: Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, and Evgeni Malkin


Team Russia is the successor to USSR team, in all aspects. Team Russia duration of glorious traditions of Soviet hockey school.

Olympic record

  • 1994 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1998Silver medal winner
  • 2002Bronze medal winner
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2010 – Finished in 6th place

From 1956 to 1988, the Soviet Union national ice hockey team won seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in nine appearances. The Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics also won the gold medal.

World Cup record

  • 1996 – Finished fourth place
  • 2004 – Finished fifth place

World Championship record

Year Location Result
1992 Prague / Bratislava,  Czechoslovakia 5th place
1993 Dortmund / Munich,  Germany Gold
1994 Bolzano / Canazei / Milan,  Italy 5th place
1995 Stockholm / Gävle,  Sweden 5th place
1996 Vienna,  Austria 4th place
1997 Helsinki / Turku / Tampere,  Finland 4th place
1998 Zurich / Basel,   Switzerland 5th place
1999 Oslo / Lillehammer / Hamar,  Norway 5th place
2000 Saint Petersburg,  Russia 11th place
2001 Cologne / Hanover / Nuremberg,  Germany 6th place
2002 Gothenburg / Karlstad / Jönköping,  Sweden Silver
2003 Helsinki / Tampere / Turku,  Finland 7th place
2004 Prague / Ostrava,  Czech Republic 10th place
2005 Innsbruck / Vienna,  Austria Bronze
2006 Riga,  Latvia 5th place
2007 Moscow / Mytishchi,  Russia Bronze
2008 Quebec City / Halifax,  Canada Gold
2009 Bern / Kloten,   Switzerland Gold
2010 Cologne / Mannheim / Gelsenkirchen,  Germany Silver
2011 Bratislava / Košice,  Slovakia 4th place
2012 Helsinki,  Finland / Stockholm,  Sweden Gold
2013 Stockholm,  Sweden / Helsinki,  Finland 6th place

In recent years, starting in 2007, the Russian team has put a strong team on the ice for the World Championships. They had a record of 8–1–0 in the 2007 tournament, 9–0–0 in the 2008 tournament, 9–0–0 in 2009, 8–1–0 in 2010, and best of all 10–0–0 in 2012.

Coaching history

World Cups
World Championships

Current roster

Position Name Date of birth Club
G Ilya Bryzgalov 1980 United States Flyers
G Semyon Varlamov 1988 United States Avalanche
G Vasiliy Koshechkin 1983 Russia Severstal
G Konstantin Barulin 1984 Russia Ak Bars
D Ilya Nikulin 1982 Russia Ak Bars
D Anton Belov 1986 Russia Avangard
D Evgeny Biryukov 1986 Russia Metallurg (MR)
D Evgeny Ryasensky 1987 Russia CSKA
D Yevgeny Medvedev 1982 Russia Ak Bars
D Denis Denisov 1981 Russia CSKA
D Yakov Rylov 1985 Russia CSKA
D Nikita Zaitsev 1991 Russia Sibir
D Fedor Tyutin 1983 United States Blue Jackets
W Ilya Kovalchuk 1983 Russia SKA
W Artem Anisimov 1988 United States Blue Jackets
W Andrei Loktionov 1990 United States Devils
W Alexander Radulov 1986 Russia CSKA
W Sergei Mozyakin 1981 Russia Metallurg (MR)
W Alexander Svitov 1982 Russia Salavat
W Viktor Tikhonov 1988 Russia SKA
W Denis Kokarev 1985 Russia Dynamo (Moscow)
W Alexei Tereshchenko 1980 Russia Ak Bars
W Alexander Popov 1980 Russia Avangard
W Alexander Perezhogin 1983 Russia Avangard
W Sergei Soin 1982 Russia Severstal
W Egor Averin 1989 Russia Lokomotiv
W Evgeny Kuznetsov 1992 Russia Traktor
W Kirill Petrov 1990 Russia Ak Bars
W Vadim Schipachev 1987 Russia Severstal
W Alexander Ovechkin 1985 United States Capitals

See also


External links

  • Canada Versus the Soviet Union (1972–1987)
  • Ice Hockey Federation of Russia
  • The Hockey Almanac


  • YouTube
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