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Igor Larionov

Full name: Igor Nikolaevich Larionov
Last Team: New Jersey Devils
Number: 8
Position: Center
Height: 5’10″/175 kg
Weight: 170 lbs/77 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: December 3, 1960 in Voskresensk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Vancouver Canucks in 11th round (214th overall) of the 1985 Entry Draft

Strengths: After more than twenty-five years of playing hockey, Larionov was still one of the best passers. He was a great leader on-ice and one of the most intelligent hockey players.

Weaknesses: In his later seasons, Larionov became a slower skater. Also, he was not a frequent goal-scorer at the NHL level.

Biography: Igor Larionov grew up in Voskresensk, a factory town not far from Moscow. Larionov was good enough to have made it to the local team Khimik at the age of seventeen. From 1977 to 1981, Igor played for his home team, scoring 73 points in 123 games. Larionov wanted to serve his two-year term in the army and return to play home, but Central Red Army coach Viktor Tikhonov did everything in his power to have Larionov on his team. In 1979 and 1980, Larionov was on the Soviet teams that won the World Junior Championship. As a member of CSKA for eight seasons, Larionov became one of the highlights of the Soviet hockey program. He was the center of the famous “KLM” line with Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov. Every year, Larionov’s team was the USSR’s champion. During this span, Igor was a five-time all-star and in 1988 the Soviet Player of the Year. Larionov was also one of the best players at international tournaments. He won the gold medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, and the World Championship in 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1989. In 1981, Igor helped the Soviet Union beat Canada for the Canada Cup. Along with teammate Slava Fetisov, Larionov fought for the right to continue his hockey career in the NHL. Despite being drafted in 1985, Larionov was permitted to join the Vancouver Canucks only in 1989. In the NHL, his hockey sense and creativity were only second to Wayne Gretzky’s. Igor spent three years in Vancouver, but due to contract problems between the Canucks and CSKA, Larionov left the NHL in 1992. He spent the next season playing for Lugano in Switzerland. Igor learned some Italian in the process. In 1993, Larionov returned to the NHL, but this time to the San Jose Sharks. He played with Sergei Makarov again. In October 1995, Larionov was traded to the Detroit Red Wings and joined fellow Russians Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, Slava Fetisov and Vlad Konstantinov. Larionov played a big part in helping the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998. With Kozlov and Fetisov, Igor brought the Stanley Cup for the first time to Russia. He also brought it to his old hockey rink in Voskresensk. Larionov still played in international tournaments for Russia. He participated in the 1996 World Cup and won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2002 Olympics. In 1998, Larionov played in the NHL all-star game. After a short stint with the Florida Panthers in 2000, he returned to Detroit. Igor won his third Stanley Cup in 2002, but refused to retire. He brought the Cup to Russia again. In 2003-04, Igor played for the New Jersey Devils. He had a few problems with the coach, and his skill level decreased with age, forcing Igor to retire. On December 13, 2004, Larionov hosted an extravagant farewell game at Moscow’s Luzhniki arena. The match pitted Team Russia (a mix of past and current Russian stars, including Larionov himself, Fetisov, Nabokov, Fedorov, and Kovalchuk) versus Team World (Larionov’s former Detroit and New Jersey teammates, including Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman, Chris Osgood, Scott Gomez, etc.) For the third period, Larionov and Steve switched teams and Russia won the entertaining game 6-5. In the post-game celebration, Larionov was awarded the Order of Friendship by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. This was a memorable end to the legendary hockey career of one of the most highly respected people in sports.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1977-78 Khimik Voskresensk 6 3 0 3 4
1978-79 Khimik Voskresensk 32 3 4 7 12
1979-80 Khimik Voskresensk 42 11 7 18 24
1980-81 Khimik Voskresensk 43 22 23 45 36
1981-82 CSKA Moscow 46 31 22 53 6
1982-83 CSKA Moscow 44 20 19 39 20
1983-84 CSKA Moscow 43 15 26 41 30
1984-85 CSKA Moscow 40 18 28 46 20
1985-86 CSKA Moscow 40 21 31 52 33
1986-87 CSKA Moscow 39 20 26 46 34
1987-88 CSKA Moscow 51 25 32 57 54
1988-89 CSKA Moscow 31 15 12 27 22
1989-90 Vancouver 74 17 27 44 -5 20
1990-91 Vancouver 64 13 21 34 -2 14
1991-92 Vancouver 72 21 44 65 +7 54
1992-93 HC Lugano (Swiss League) 24 10 19 29 44
1993-94 San Jose 60 18 38 56 +20 40
1994-95 San Jose 33 4 20 24 -3 14
1995-96 San Jose/Detroit 73 22 51 73 +33 34
1996-97 Detroit 64 12 42 54 +31 26
1997-98 Detroit 69 8 39 47 +14 40
1998-99 Detroit 75 14 49 63 +13 48
1999-00 Detroit 79 9 38 47 +13 28
2000-01 Florida/Detroit 65 9 31 40 -5 38
2001-02 Detroit 70 11 32 43 -5 50
2002-03 Detroit 74 10 33 43 -7 48
2003-04 New Jersey 49 1 10 11 +3 20
Totals USSR League 457 204 230 434 295
Totals NHL Reg. Season 921 169 475 644 +104 474
Totals NHL Playoffs 150 30 67 97 +9 60

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1978 European U18 5 2 1 3 4
1979 World U20 5 2 4 6 8
1980 World U20 5 3 3 6 4
1981 Canada Cup 7 4 1 5 8
1982 World Championship 10 4 6 10 2
1983 World Championship 9 5 7 12 4
1984 Olympic Games 6 1 4 5 6
1985 World Championship 10 2 4 6 8
1986 World Championship 10 7 1 8 4
1987 World Championship 10 4 8 12 2
1987 Canada Cup 9 1 2 3 6
1988 Olympic Games 8 4 9 13 4
1989 World Championship 8 3 0 3 11
1996 World Cup 5 0 4 4 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 0 3 3 4
Totals U18 Level 5 2 1 3 4
Totals U20 Level 10 5 7 12 12
Totals Senior Level 98 35 49 84 61

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