Russia men's national ice hockey team

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Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
The coat of arms of Russia is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Nickname(s) Большая Красная Машина (The Big Red Machine)
Association Russian Hockey Federation
General Manager Andrei Safronov
Head coach Oleg Znarok
Assistants Harijs Vītoliņš
Captain Ilya Kovalchuk
Most games Maxim Sushinski (119)
Most points Alexei Morozov (89)
IIHF code RUS
IIHF ranking 2 Increase1
Highest IIHF ranking 1 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF ranking 7 (2004)
Team colors               
Russia national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
First international
 Russia 2–2 Sweden 
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; 12 April 1992)
Biggest win

 Russia 12–3 Great Britain 
(Bolzano, Italy; 26 April 1994)

 Russia 10–1 Kazakhstan 
(Riga, Latvia; 6 May 2006)
Biggest defeat

 Finland 7–1 Russia 
(Helsinki, Finland; 22 April 1997)

 Russia 1–7 Czech Republic 
(Moscow, Russia; 20 December 1997)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 24 (first in 1992)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1993, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)
Olympics
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
Medals Silver medal.svg (1998)
Bronze medal.svg (2002)
International record (W–L–T)
382–220–43
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1993 Germany Team
Gold medal – first place 2008 Canada Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Switzerland Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 Finland/Sweden Team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Belarus Team
Silver medal – second place 2002 Sweden Team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Germany Team
Silver medal – second place 2015 Czech Republic Team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Austria Team
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Russia Team

The Russian men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Russia, overseen by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of May 2015, they are rated second in the IIHF World Rankings; with 3675 points. The team has been competing internationally since 1993, and is recognized by the IIHF as the successor to the Soviet Union Hockey Federation and have passed its ranking on to Russia. Today, it still follows a long tradition of Soviet hockey teams, composed mostly of Russian players. The Russian team replaced the Unified Team of the ice hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth of Independent States team of the 1992 World Championships and is a member of the so-called "Big Six", the unofficial group of the six strongest men's ice hockey nations, along with Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and the United States.[1]

The Soviets were the most dominant teams of all time in international play. The team won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament between 1954 and 1991 held by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Russia won the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 World Ice Hockey Championships. Russia has a total of 63,580 players,[2] about 0.05% of its population. As of May 2014, their head coach is Oleg Znarok.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

The bronze medal winning Russian team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • 1994 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1998Silver medal winner
  • 2002Bronze medal winner
  • 2006 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2010 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2014 – Finished in 5th place

From 1956 to 1988, the Soviet Union national ice hockey team won seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in nine appearances. The Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics also won the gold medal.

World Championship[edit]

Alexander Semin's first goal in IIHF World Championship 2008 Final
Year Location Result
1992 Prague / Bratislava, Czechoslovakia 5th place
1993 Dortmund / Munich, Germany Gold
1994 Bolzano / Canazei / Milan, Italy 5th place
1995 Stockholm / Gävle, Sweden 5th place
1996 Vienna, Austria 4th place
1997 Helsinki / Turku / Tampere, Finland 4th place
1998 Zurich / Basel, Switzerland 5th place
1999 Oslo / Lillehammer / Hamar, Norway 5th place
2000 Saint Petersburg, Russia 11th place
2001 Cologne / Hanover / Nuremberg, Germany 6th place
2002 Gothenburg / Karlstad / Jönköping, Sweden Silver
2003 Helsinki / Tampere / Turku, Finland 7th place
2004 Prague / Ostrava, Czech Republic 10th place
2005 Innsbruck / Vienna, Austria Bronze
2006 Riga, Latvia 5th place
2007 Moscow / Mytishchi, Russia Bronze
2008 Quebec City / Halifax, Canada Gold
2009 Bern / Kloten, Switzerland Gold
2010 Cologne / Mannheim / Gelsenkirchen, Germany Silver
2011 Bratislava / Košice, Slovakia 4th place
2012 Helsinki, Finland / Stockholm, Sweden Gold
2013 Helsinki, Finland / Stockholm, Sweden 6th place
2014 Minsk, Belarus Gold
2015 Prague / Ostrava, Czech Republic Silver

In recent years, starting in 2007, the Russian team has put a strong team on the ice for the World Championships. They had a record of 8–1–0 in the 2007 tournament, 9–0–0 in the 2008 tournament, 9–0–0 in 2009, 8–1–0 in 2010, and best of all 10–0–0 in 2012 and 2014.

World Cup[edit]

  • 1996 – Finished fourth place
  • 2004 – Finished fifth place
President Dmitry Medvedev meets with the national hockey team

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.[3]

Head coach: Oleg Znarok

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
7 D Kulikov, DmitriDmitri Kulikov 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) (1990-10-29) October 29, 1990 (age 24) United States Florida Panthers
8 F Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 700199000000000000099 kg (218 lb) (1985-09-17) September 17, 1985 (age 29) United States Washington Capitals
9 F Panarin, ArtemyArtemy Panarin 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1991-10-30) October 30, 1991 (age 23) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
10 F Mozyakin, SergeiSergei Mozyakin 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) (1981-03-30) March 30, 1981 (age 34) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
11 F Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni MalkinA 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) (1986-07-31) July 31, 1986 (age 28) United States Pittsburgh Penguins
14 F Tikhonov, ViktorViktor Tikhonov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) (1988-05-12) May 12, 1988 (age 27) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
16 F Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (200 lb) (1990-06-03) June 3, 1990 (age 25) Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
25 F Zaripov, DanisDanis Zaripov 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) (1981-03-26) March 26, 1981 (age 34) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
30 G Barulin, KonstantinKonstantin Barulin 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) (1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 (age 30) Russia Avangard Omsk
31 G Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) (1986-05-07) May 7, 1986 (age 29) United States Carolina Hurricanes
41 F Kulemin, NikolayNikolay Kulemin 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700196000000000000096 kg (212 lb) (1986-07-14) July 14, 1986 (age 28) United States New York Islanders
42 F Anisimov, ArtemArtem Anisimov 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) (1988-05-24) May 24, 1988 (age 27) United States Columbus Blue Jackets
44 D Yakovlev, IgorIgor Yakovlev 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (180 lb) (1991-09-17) September 17, 1991 (age 23) Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
48 D Biryukov, YevgenyYevgeny Biryukov 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) (1986-04-19) April 19, 1986 (age 29) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
52 F Shirokov, SergeiSergei Shirokov 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 700189000000000000089 kg (196 lb) (1986-03-10) March 10, 1986 (age 29) Russia Avangard Omsk
63 F Dadonov, EvgeniiEvgenii Dadonov 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 700176000000000000076 kg (168 lb) (1989-03-12) March 12, 1989 (age 26) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
71 F Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya KovalchukC 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 7002103000000000000103 kg (227 lb) (1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 32) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
72 G Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) (1988-09-20) September 20, 1988 (age 26) United States Columbus Blue Jackets
73 D Chudinov, MaximMaxim Chudinov 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) (1990-03-25) March 25, 1990 (age 25) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
77 D Belov, AntonAnton Belov 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) (1986-07-29) July 29, 1986 (age 28) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
82 D Medvedev, YevgenyYevgeny MedvedevA 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1982-08-27) August 27, 1982 (age 32) Russia Ak Bars Kazan
87 F Shipachyov, VadimVadim Shipachyov 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) (1987-03-12) March 12, 1987 (age 28) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
91 F Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) (1991-12-13) December 13, 1991 (age 23) United States St. Louis Blues
93 D Antipin, ViktorViktor Antipin 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 700179000000000000079 kg (174 lb) (1992-12-06) December 6, 1992 (age 22) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
94 D Mironov, AndreiAndrei Mironov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) (1994-07-29) July 29, 1994 (age 20) Russia HC Dynamo Moscow

Coaching history[edit]

Olympics
World Championships
World Cups

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL announces World Cup of Hockey for 2016". The Canadian Press. 2015-01-24. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Russia IIHF". Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ 2015 Roster

External links[edit]