The first strides taken in hockey as we know it in
The power of Soviet hockey was seen in every league club and the teams rarely changed.
The history of Soviet hockey was plentiful with gold medals and other huge accomplishments but there then came a low period in the 80’s and 90’s. Hockey players had new opportunities to earn money after the break-up of the
The Russian team has always been an inscrutable and dangerous rival. Nobody ever knows which players will accept the invitation to represent the country and what kind of team will be created. The Russians although are always well-respected rivals.
You can find the results and the calendar of 2003/04 season HERE
Silver: 8 – (as
Bronze: 5 – (as
Gold: 8 – (as USSR) 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, 1964 Innsbruck, 1968 Grenoble, 1972 Saporro, 1976 Innsbruck, 1984 Sarajevo, 1988 Calgary, (as “Unified Team”) 1992 Albertville.
Silver: 2 – (as
Bronze: 2 – (as
Top stars: Sergei Makarov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Krutov, Vjatcheslav Fetisov, Boris Michajlov, Valeri Charlamov, Alexander Malcev, Vladimir Tretjak, Vladimir Petrov, Anatolij Firsov, Alexander Jakushev, Pavel Bure, Sergei Fjodorov
Best NHL players, 2002-2003
Sergei Fjodorov (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) – 80 games, 36 goals, 47 assists.
Alexander Mogilnyj (Toronto Maple Leafs) – 73 games, 33 + 46.
Alexei Kovaljov (New York Rangers) – 78 games, 37 + 40.
Sergei Goncar (Washington Capitals) – 82 games, 18 + 49.
Silver Medal team from the 2002 World Championship
Goalies: Jegor Podomackij, Maxim Sokolov, Viktor Cistov.
Defense: Alexander Judin, Sergej Vyshedkevic, Dmitrij Bykov, Anton Voltschenkov, Alexander Guskov, Sergei Gusev, Dmitrij Rjabykin, Sergei Zhukov, Dmitri Kalinin.
Forwards: Maxim Afinogenov, Andrej Kovalenko, Valerij Karpov, Maxim Sushinskij, Roman Ljashenko, Ravil Gusmanov, Vjacheslav Bucajev, Vladimir Antipov, Alexander Prokopjev, Alexander Savchenkov, Ivan Tkachenko, Andrej Razin, Dmitrij Zatonskij, Alexej Kozhnev.
HOW THEY ARE SEEN BY…
Vladimir Vujtek, coach of Russian league champions Lokomotiv Jaroslavl: “Recently, there has been enough money in Russian hockey and it brings with it the return of top players to the Superliga (the domestic elite league). Young players can learn a lot from the stars, arenas are often sold out and the popularity of hockey continues to grow. There were no real Russian national team successes in the 1990’s because the players often had their own agendas but the situation is much better now. Russians are hardworking and rigorous in their preparation and the coach commands respect from all the players. They are excellent skaters, are in good shape, and are wonderful stick-handlers. The only weakness I can see is that the players are perhaps not quite mentally tough enough.”