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Soviet national ice hockey team

Most games
Alexander Maltsev: 321
Most goals
Alexander Maltsev: 213
Most points
Sergei Makarov: 248
First game
 Soviet Union 23 – 2 East Germany 
(East Berlin, East Germany; 22 April 1951)
Last game
 Soviet Union 3 – 1 Canada 
(Méribel, France; 23 February 1992)
Largest victory
 Soviet Union 28 – 2 Italy 
(Colorado Springs, United States; 26 December 1967)
Largest defeat
 Canada 8 – 2 Soviet Union 
(Ottawa, Canada; 9 January 1968)

 Czechoslovakia 9 – 3 Soviet Union 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 21 March 1975)

Canada Cup
Winners: 1 – 1981
World Championships
Gold medalists: 22 – 1954, 1956, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990
International competition
Current record: (W-L-T) 738–110–65
Olympic medal record

The Soviet national ice hockey team (Russian: сборная СССР по хоккею с шайбой), was the national hockey team of the Soviet Union. The Soviets were the most dominant team of all time in international play. The team won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament between 1954 and 1991 and never failed to medal in any International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) tournament they competed in.

After 1991, the Soviet team competed as the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics and as the Commonwealth of Independent States at the 1992 World Championship. In 1993, it was replaced by national teams for Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. The IIHF recognized the Russian ice hockey federation as the successor to the Soviet Union hockey federation and passed its ranking on to Russia. The other national hockey teams were considered new and sent to compete in Pool C.

The IIHF Team of the Century included four Soviet-Russian players out of a team of six. Goalie Vladislav Tretiak, defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov and forwards Valeri Kharlamov and Sergei Makarov who played for the Soviet teams in the 1970s and the 1980s were voted on to the IIHF Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.[1]


Leading scorers (Olympics, World Championships, Canada Cups, 1972 Summit Series)

  1. Sergei Makarov – 248 points
  2. Aleksandr Maltsev – 213+ points
  3. Valeri Kharlamov – 199 points
  4. Boris Mikhailov – 180 points
  5. Vladimir Petrov – 176 points

Note: The team's Olympic record was 62–6–2 (win-loss-tie) through 1956–1992. They scored 467 goals and gave up 127 goals. That averaged 6.67 goals per game and 1.81 goals given up.

Note: Maltsev has at least 213 points from his goals, and possibly more, but an accurate number for his assists cannot be found.

World Championship record

  • 1954Gold medal winner
  • 1955 – Silver medal winner
  • 1957 – Silver medal winner
  • 1958 – Silver medal winner
  • 1959 – Silver medal winner
  • 1961 – Bronze medal winner
  • 1962 – Did not participate
  • 1963Gold medal winner
  • 1965Gold medal winner
  • 1966Gold medal winner
  • 1967Gold medal winner
  • 1969Gold medal winner
  • 1970Gold medal winner
  • 1971Gold medal winner
  • 1972 – Silver medal winner
  • 1973Gold medal winner
  • 1974Gold medal winner
  • 1975Gold medal winner
  • 1976 – Silver medal winner
  • 1977 – Bronze medal winner
  • 1978Gold medal winner
  • 1979Gold medal winner
  • 1981Gold medal winner
  • 1982Gold medal winner
  • 1983Gold medal winner
  • 1985 – Bronze medal winner
  • 1986Gold medal winner
  • 1987 – Silver medal winner
  • 1989Gold medal winner
  • 1990Gold medal winner
  • 1991 – Bronze medal winner
Year Location Result
1954 Stockholm,  Sweden Gold
1955 Krefeld / Dortmund / Cologne, West Germany  Silver
1957 Moscow,  Soviet Union Silver
1958 Oslo,  Norway Silver
1959 Prague / Bratislava,  Czechoslovakia Silver
1961 Geneva / Lausanne,   Switzerland Bronze
1962 Colorado Springs / Denver,  United States DNP
1963 Stockholm,  Sweden Gold
1965 Tampere,  Finland Gold
1966 Ljubljana,  Yugoslavia Gold
1967 Vienna,  Austria Gold
1969 Stockholm,  Sweden Gold
1970 Stockholm,  Sweden Gold
1971 Bern / Geneva,   Switzerland Gold
1972 Prague,  Czechoslovakia Silver
1973 Moscow,  Soviet Union Gold
1974 Helsinki,  Finland Gold
1975 Munich / Düsseldorf,  West Germany Gold
1976 Katowice,  Poland Silver
1977 Vienna,  Austria Bronze
1978 Prague,  Czechoslovakia Gold
1979 Moscow,  Soviet Union Gold
1981 Gothenburg / Stockholm,  Sweden Gold
1982 Helsinki / Tampere,  Finland Gold
1983 Düsseldorf / Dortmund / Munich, West Germany  Gold
1985 Prague,  Czechoslovakia Bronze
1986 Moscow,  Soviet Union Gold
1987 Vienna,  Austria Silver
1989 Stockholm / Södertälje,  Sweden Gold
1990 Bern / Fribourg,   Switzerland Gold
1991 Turku / Helsinki / Tampere,  Finland Bronze

Summit Series record

  • 1972 – Lost to Canada (against Canadian NHL players)
  • 1974Won series against Canada (against Canadian WHA players)

Canada Cup record and World Cup of Hockey record

  • 1976 – Finished in 3rd place
  • 1981Won championship
  • 1984 – Lost semifinal
  • 1987 – Lost final
  • 1991 – Finished in 5th place

Challenge Cup and Rendez-vous vs. NHL all-stars

  • 1979Won series
  • 1987 – Tied series

Notable players

Notable coaches

See also


External links

  • Hockey CCCP International
  • 1972 Summit
  • Canada Versus the Soviet Union (1972–1987)
  • The Hockey Almanac
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