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Vyacheslav Fetisov

Full name: Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Fetisov
Last Team: CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Number: 2
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6’1″/183 cm
Weight: 215 lbs/98 kg
Born: April 20, 1958 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: 1) Selected 201st overall by Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 Entry Draft; 2) Selected 150th overall by New Jersey Devils in the 1983 Entry Draft

Strengths: Slava Fetisov is one of the best defensemen to ever have played hockey. He had a unique on-the-ice presence, intimidating the opponent’s forwards. Fetisov was great at blocking shots, stealing pucks, playmaking, and creating some offense.

Weaknesses: Towards the end of his NHL career, Fetisov’s offensive contributions steadily declined.

Biography: There are many reasons why Slava Fetisov is a hero of our era. His life story doesn’t just make him one of the best hockey players ever, but a great person and leader too. In 1976, Slava was a sensation in his first season in the Soviet League with CSKA. He was eighteen years old, standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 220 pounds. A year later, he got a mysterious disease and was paralyzed waist down, losing 45 pounds in the process. The doctors said he would be lucky if he would ever walk again, but five months later, with pain, Fetisov took to the ice. At the World Junior Championship in 1978, Slava was named Best Defenseman, and his performance was good enough for him to be drafted by the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, who later dropped Fetisov because of his unlikelihood of leaving the Soviet Union. In early 1982, Fetisov was named the captain of both the Red Army team and the national squad. Fetisov felt enormous responsibility, especially in the aftermath of superstar Valeri Kharlamov’s death and the embarrassment at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Being on a team that hadn’t lost for 39 straight games, and then losing one game, many players showed their discouragement, but not Fetisov. The Soviets’ 1984 Olympic win in Sarajevo was a highlight in Slava’s career. Then, tragedy hit again: Fetisov broke his leg, making him unavailable for the 1984 Canada Cup, and the next year Slava was in a car crash, leaving Slava’s brother, Anatoli, killed. Furthermore, Fetisov was a man who refused to sign up for the Communist Party, being one of the first to take such a stand. By 1989, Fetisov was tired of coach Viktor Tikhonov and wanted to defect, but his teammates would not play without him. Back in Moscow, Fetisov was under KGB surveillance, yet managed to get a ticket to America, being among the first Soviet citizens to receive a visa for open travel, opening the doors for everyone else to follow. This was definitely a personal victory for Fetisov. Being in New Jersey, Slava felt lost, unwelcome, exhausted and lonely. In his first two months with the Devils, Fetisov lost more than in his entire career with the Soviet national team. Fetisov found greater success after being traded to Detroit in 1995 to be part of the Red Wings’ ‘Russian Five’ – himself, Sergei Fedorov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Igor Larionov. The unit was instrumental in Detroit’s Stanley Cup win in 1997. The celebration was cut short by another tragedy. Fetisov was in the limousine that crashed into a tree and left teammate Vladimir Konstantinov and Wings’ trainer Sergei Mnatsakanov with brain damage. Fetisov lost feeling in his right leg, but recuperated to play one more season and win the Stanley Cup again. After retiring, Fetisov was an assistant coach for the Devils from 1998 to 2002. He was the head coach of Russia at the 2002 Olympics, leading the team to a bronze medal. After that, he returned to Russia to accept a post chairing the Federal Agency of Physical Culture and Sport (Rossport). Since 2008, Fetisov is a Senator in Russia’s Federation Council; he represents the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai. Fetisov also worked with the World Anti-Doping Agency and helped create the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2009, he became the President of the CSKA Moscow hockey club and even suited up to play in one game. Fetisov is truly a legend, a hero of humanity. A teammate died, his brother died, his every move was followed by the KGB, he fought for freedom, battled loneliness in a foreign land, two more friends were left paralyzed for life… but Fetisov countered that with two Olympic gold medals, two World Junior Championship wins, seven World Championship wins, nine Soviet all-star berths, nine USSR 1st team honors, thirteen Soviet League championships, three European Player of the Year awards, two Stanley Cups, and the respect of millions.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1974-75 CSKA Moscow 1 0 0 0 0
1976-77 CSKA Moscow 28 3 4 7 14
1977-78 CSKA Moscow 35 9 18 27 46
1978-79 CSKA Moscow 29 10 19 29 40
1979-80 CSKA Moscow 37 10 14 24 46
1980-81 CSKA Moscow 48 13 16 29 44
1981-82 CSKA Moscow 46 15 26 41 20
1982-83 CSKA Moscow 43 6 17 23 46
1983-84 CSKA Moscow 44 19 30 49 38
1984-85 CSKA Moscow 20 13 12 25 6
1985-86 CSKA Moscow 40 15 19 34 12
1986-87 CSKA Moscow 39 13 20 33 18
1987-88 CSKA Moscow 46 18 17 35 26
1988-89 CSKA Moscow 23 9 8 17 18
1989-90 New Jersey 72 8 34 42 +9 52
1990-91 New Jersey 67 3 16 19 +5 62
1991-92 New Jersey 70 3 23 26 +11 108
1992-93 New Jersey 76 4 23 27 +7 158
1993-94 New Jersey 52 1 14 15 +14 30
1994-95 New Jersey/Detroit 18 3 12 15 +1 2
1995-96 Detroit 69 7 35 42 +37 96
1996-97 Detroit 64 5 23 28 +26 76
1997-98 Detroit 58 2 12 14 +4 72
2009-10 CSKA Moscow 1 0 0 0 -1 0
Totals USSR/KHL Reg. Season 480 153 220 373 374
Totals NHL Reg. Season 546 36 192 228 +114 656
Totals NHL Playoffs 116 2 26 28 +3 147

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1975 European U18 5 1 0 1 0
1976 European U18 4 2 0 2 0
1976 World U20 4 0 0 0 11
1977 World U20 7 3 2 5 4
1977 World Championship 5 3 3 6 2
1978 World U20 7 3 5 8 6
1978 World Championship 10 4 6 10 11
1980 Olympic Games 7 5 4 9 10
1981 World Championship 8 1 4 5 6
1981 Canada Cup 7 1 7 8 10
1982 World Championship 10 4 3 7 6
1983 World Championship 10 3 7 10 8
1984 Olympic Games 7 3 8 11 8
1985 World Championship 10 6 7 13 15
1986 World Championship 10 6 9 15 10
1987 World Championship 10 2 8 10 2
1987 Canada Cup 9 2 5 7 9
1988 Olympic Games 8 4 9 13 6
1989 World Championship 10 2 4 6 17
1990 World Championship 8 2 8 10 8
1996 World Cup 4 0 2 2 12
Totals U18 Level 9 3 0 3 0
Totals U20 Level 18 6 7 16 21
Totals Senior Level 128 40 94 134 140

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