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16
Jan
10

2002 Winter Olympic Games

Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
February 15-24, 2002
RESULT: BRONZE MEDAL

Russia’s 2002 Olympic squad, one of the most star-studded Russian rosters ever, was coached by Vyacheslav Fetisov. With Nikolai Khabibulin in net, this team was expected to do better than in 1998, being one of the favourites to win gold. In the quarterfinal Russia pulled off a revenge victory against the Czechs, yet could not outmatch the Americans in the heart-stopping semifinal. After being dominated for two periods, Russia stormed out with two goals early in the third period, but a miracle saved the US from a tied game. Sergei Samsonov rang a shot right into the net, in which goalie Mike Richter’s glove was located. The puck then deflected off a post and out. The goal was not counted. It was a great game, with an unfortunate ending. Russia beat the surprising Belarusian team for the bronze medal, which was well deserved, but not enough to call the Olympics a true success for Russia.

Game 1: Russia 6 – Belarus 4
Goals: Samsonov (Kovalchuk, Fedorov), Zhamnov (P. Bure), Kovalchuk, Yashin, Mironov (Afinogenov), Fedorov (Afinogenov) – Antonenko (Pankov), Khmyl, Kaluzhny, Salei (Tsyplakov, Khmyl)
Shots: Russia 36 – Belarus 33
Saves: Khabibulin 29 – Shabanov, Mezin 30
PIM: Russia 8 – Belarus 10

Game 2: Russia 2 – United States 2
Goals: V. Bure (Malakhov), Fedorov (Kovalchuk, Samsonov) – Tkachuk (Leetch, Rafalski), Hull (Housley, Modano)
Shots: Russia 35 – United States 25
Saves: Khabibulin 23 – Richter 33
PIM: Russia 8 – United States 10

Game 3: Russia 1 – Finland 3
Goals: P. Bure (Kravchuk) – Selanne (Vaananen), Eloranta (Ylonen, Kapanen), Lehtinen (Kapanen, Nieminen)
Shots: Russia 26 – Finland 29
Saves: Khabibulin 26 – Hurme 25
PIM: Russia 10 – Finland 8

Quarterfinal: Russia 1 – Czech Republic 0
Goals: Afinogenov (Nikolishin, Malakhov)
Shots: Russia 27 – Czech Republic 41
Saves: Khabibulin 41 – Hasek 26
PIM: Russia 22 – Czech Republic 6

Semifinal: Russia 2 – United States 3
Goals: Kovalev (Markov, Tverdovsky), Malakhov – Guerin, Young (Housley, Leetch), Housley (Amonte)
Shots: Russia 30 – United States 49
Saves: Khabibulin 46 – Richter 28
PIM: Russia 12 – United States 8

Bronze Medal Final: Russia 7 – Belarus 2
Goals: Kovalev (Larionov), Kasparaitis (Larionov, Kovalev), Tverdovsky (Fedorov, Yashin), Datsyuk (Kravchuk), Kovalev (Datsyuk, Larionov), P. Bure (Datsyuk), Afinogenov (Samsonov, Malakhov) – Pankov (Tsyplakov), Dudik (Kopat)
Shots: Russia 45 – Belarus 23
Saves: Khabibulin 21 – Mezin, Shabanov 38
PIM: Russia 8 – Belarus 12

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D #2 Boris Mironov 6 1 0 1 2
D #5 Daniil Markov 5 0 1 1 0
D #7 Oleg Tverdovsky 6 1 1 2 0
D #11 Darius Kasparaitis 6 1 0 1 4
D #23 Vladimir Malakhov 6 1 3 4 4
D #29 Igor Kravchuk 6 0 2 2 0
D #55 Sergei Gonchar 6 0 0 0 2
F #8 Igor Larionov 6 0 3 3 4
F #10 Pavel Bure 6 2 1 3 8
F #12 Oleg Kvasha 5 0 0 0 0
F #13 Alexei Zhamnov 6 1 0 1 4
F #14 Sergei Samsonov 6 1 2 3 4
F #20 Valeri Bure 6 1 0 1 2
F #26 Pavel Datsyuk 6 1 2 3 0
F #27 Alexei Kovalev 6 3 1 4 4
F #33 Andrei Nikolishin 6 0 1 1 6
F #61 Maxim Afinogenov 6 2 2 4 4
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk 6 1 2 3 14
F #79 Alexei Yashin 6 1 1 2 0
F #91 Sergei Fedorov 6 2 2 4 4
Goaltender GP W L T GAA SO
G #30 Ilya Bryzgalov 0 0 0 0 0 0
G #31 Egor Podomatsky 0 0 0 0 0 0
G #35 Nikolai Khabibulin 6 3 2 1 2.34 1

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07
Dec
09

1998 Winter Olympic Games

Host City: Nagano, Japan
February 13-22, 1998
RESULT: SILVER

These Olympic Games marked the first time that the NHL took a break and allowed its stars to join their national teams to try and win gold. Canada and the United States were the obvious favourites going into the Games, considering Canada’s depth at every position and the Americans’ victory at the 1996 World Cup. From the 1994 Olympics to 1997, Russia’s hockey team never made it past the semifinals. For the Nagano Olympics, coach Vladimir Yurzinov compiled a roster of big defensemen and mostly small forwards, with unspectacular goaltenders. However, Russia went undefeated until the final, with Pavel Bure leading Russia’s charge and Mikhail Shtalenkov demonstrating the best goaltending of his career. Russia lost the gold medal by only one goal, scored by Petr Svoboda for the Czechs. However, the real hero of the final was goaltender Dominik Hasek, who shut out Russia to bring Czech Republic their biggest sporting victory ever.

Game 1: Russia 9 – Kazakhstan 2
Goals: Fedorov (Kovalenko), Yashin (Fedorov), Yashin (Kasparaitis), P. Bure (D. Mironov), P. Bure, Kovalenko, Titov (Kamensky, Morozov), Kovalenko (B. Mironov), Zelepukin (Morozov) – Sagymbaev (Pchelyakov), E. Koreshkov (Shafranov, A. Koreshkov)
Shots: Russia 31 – Kazakhstan 18
Saves: Shtalenkov 12, Trefilov 4 – Yeremeyev 13, Shimin 9
PIM: Russia 8 – Kazakhstan 6

Game 2: Russia 4 – Finland 3
Goals: P. Bure (Fedorov, Kamensky), Nemchinov (Gonchar, Kravchuk), Yashin (Fedorov, Zhitnik), Morozov (Zelepukin) – Koivu (Lehtinen, Selanne), Lehtinen (Koivu, Selanne), Lehtinen (Selanne)
Shots: Russia 28 – Finland 33
Saves: Trefilov 30 – Myllys 24
PIM: Russia 22 – Finland 29

Game 3: Russia 2 – Czech Republic 1
Goals: V. Bure (Kravchuk, Gonchar), Zhamnov – Reichel (Patera)
Shots: Russia 31 – Czech Republic 23
Saves: Shtalenkov 22 – Hasek 29
PIM: Russia 9 – Czech Republic 14

Quarterfinal: Russia 4 – Belarus 1
Goals: Kamensky (Yashin), Kovalenko (Fedorov, Yashin), P. Bure, Morozov (Zelepukin, Kasparaitis) – Erkovich (Khmyl, Roshchin)
Shots: Russia 35 – Belarus 26
Saves: Shtalenkov 25 – Mezin 31
PIM: Russia 14 – Belarus 10

Semifinal: Russia 7 – Finland 4
Goals: P. Bure (Zhamnov), P. Bure (D. Mironov), P. Bure, Zhamnov (Zhitnik), Kovalenko (Fedorov), P. Bure, P. Bure – Helminen (Lind), Rintanen (Kurri, Timonen), Selanne (Kurri, Koivu), Koivu (Selanne)
Shots: Russia 21 – Finland 31
Saves: Shtalenkov 27 – Myllys 14
PIM: Russia 12 – Finland 6

Final: Russia 0 – Czech Republic 1
Goals: Svoboda (Prochazka, Patera)
Shots: Russia 20 – Czech Republic 21
Saves: Shtalenkov 20 – Hasek 20
PIM: Russia 4 – Czech Republic 10

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D Sergei Gonchar 6 0 2 2 2
D Alexei Gusarov 6 0 0 0 8
D Darius Kasparaitis 6 0 2 2 6
D Igor Kravchuk 6 0 2 2 2
D Boris Mironov 6 0 1 1 2
D Dmitry Mironov 6 0 2 2 0
D Dmitry Yushkevich 6 0 0 0 2
D Alexei Zhitnik 6 0 2 2 2
F Pavel Bure 6 9 0 9 2
F Valeri Bure 6 1 0 1 0
F Sergei Fedorov 6 1 5 6 8
F Valeri Kamensky 6 1 2 3 0
F Andrei Kovalenko 6 4 1 5 14
F Sergei Krivokrasov 6 0 0 0 4
F Alexei Morozov 6 2 2 4 0
F Sergei Nemchinov 6 1 0 1 0
F German Titov 6 1 0 1 6
F Alexei Yashin 6 3 3 6 0
F Valeri Zelepukin 6 1 2 3 0
F Alexei Zhamnov 6 1 2 3 2
Goaltender GP W L GAA SO
G Oleg Shevtsov 0 0 0 0 0
G Mikhail Shtalenkov 5 4 1 1.95 0
G Andrei Trefilov 2 1 0 3.45 0

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07
Oct
09

History of Russian Hockey – Part 1

The original version of hockey in Russia since the 1890s was called “bandy.” It was played with a small ball instead of a puck and had the rules of field hockey. Ice hockey was introduced to the Soviet Union in the 1930s and became a national sport following the Second World War. The Russian game of ice hockey was different from the Canadian. A lot of bandy rules were adopted and the philosophy of the game was different.

An early Red Army squad (late 1930s)

An early Red Army squad (late 1930s)

An early Red Army squad (early 1940s)

An early Red Army squad (early 1940s)

The legendary coach Anatoli Tarasov

The legendary coach Anatoli Tarasov

Trainer Arkady Chernyshev

Trainer Arkady Chernyshev

When Anatoli Tarasov became a coach, he changed Russian hockey forever. He masterminded creating his own version of hockey – a game of speed, endurance and winning. He was the master of the team and his players were like chess pieces. When the USSR entered its first team into the World Championship in 1954, they won. Likewise, the Soviet team finished first at the 1956 Olympics. Once Tarasov took over the national team’s reigns, the “CCCP” team won gold at the World Championships in Stockholm in 1963. That was just the beginning of nine consecutive World Championship victories, through to 1971. During that timespan, the Soviet Union also won eight European Championships and three consecutive Olympic gold medals (1964, 1968, 1972). The Soviet hockey program was recognized as the premier in the world and earned the nickname “The Big Red Machine.” Tarasov also coached the Central Sports Club of the Army (CSKA), to seventeen league championships from 1947 to 1974. Tarasov’s colleague – Arkady Chernyshev also played an influential role in the development of Soviet hockey.

1956: first Olympics, first hockey gold for the USSR

1956: first Olympics, first hockey gold for the USSR

Russia's first hockey superstar - Vsevolod Bobrov

Russia's first hockey superstar - Vsevolod Bobrov

The athletic pioneers of the sport were Vsevolod Bobrov and Viktor Shuvalov. Bobrov was a rare star in multiple sports – football and hockey. He captained both the Soviet football team at the 1952 Olympics and the ice hockey national team at the 1956 Olympics. Nonetheless, Bobrov achieved greater success as a hockey player. Shortly after joining the Soviet Air Force hockey team (VVS) managed by Stalin’s son, Vasili, in 1950, Bobrov narrowly avoided death. The airplane carrying the team to Sverdlovsk crashed on approach, but Bobrov was lucky to have overslept on that day and missed the flight. Once the VVS team seized to exist following Stalin’s death, Bobrov finished his career with CSKA. In 130 league games Bobrov scored an astonishing 254 goals, as well as 89 goals in 59 games playing for the national team! Bobrov remained a key trainer until 1979.

Firsov

Anatoli Firsov

The next torch-carrier of Soviet hockey was Anatoli Firsov. He was a forward and played from 1958 to 1974. Firsov was one of the best hockey players ever because of his brilliant skills and extremely hard slapshot. He also innovated many of the moves that today’s forwards use to beat defenders. Firsov started his career with Spartak, and in 1961 joined CSKA, with which he went on to win the Soviet championship nine times. In 474 games, Firsov scored 344 goals. Firsov also won Olympic gold three times (1964, 1968, 1972), the World Championship eight times (1964-71), and was named Best Forward at the World Championship in 1967 and 1971.

To be continued…




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