Vladimir Krutov

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Vladimir Krutov
Born (1960-06-01)1 June 1960
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died 6 June 2012(2012-06-06) (aged 52)
Moscow, Russia
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
HC CSKA Moscow
Zürcher SC
Brunflo IK
Östersunds IK
National team  Soviet Union
NHL Draft 238th overall, 1986
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1977–1996

Vladimir Yevgenyevich Krutov (Russian: Владимир Евгеньевич Крутов) (1 June 1960 – 6 June 2012), nicknamed The Tank,[1] was a Soviet hockey forward. Together with Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov, he was part of the famed KLM Line. He is considered one of the best hockey wingers of the 1980s.

For the Soviet Union national team, Krutov won the 1981 Canada Cup, two golds (1984, 1988) and one silver (1980) in the Olympics, and six golds (1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990), one silver (1987), and one bronze (1985) in the World Championships.

On the club level, Krutov played for CSKA Moscow from 1978 to 1989. He was one of the first Soviet players to make the jump to the NHL, doing so with the Vancouver Canucks in 1989. However, Krutov did not have a successful season, battling homesickness and weight problems.

Krutov left the NHL after his lone season in North America and played for a number of smaller clubs before retiring to move into coaching. His son Alexei Krutov is also a hockey player and currently plays for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.

In 2010, he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.[2]

Krutov died in a hospital in Moscow on 6 June 2012, of internal bleeding and liver failure, just five days after his 52nd birthday.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 CSKA Moscow USSR 1 0 0 0 0
1978–79 CSKA Moscow USSR 24 8 3 11 6
1979–80 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 30 12 42 16
1980–81 CSKA Moscow USSR 47 25 15 40 20
1981–82 CSKA Moscow USSR 46 37 29 66 30
1982–83 CSKA Moscow USSR 44 32 21 53 34
1983–84 CSKA Moscow USSR 44 37 20 57 20
1984–85 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 23 30 53 26
1985–86 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 31 17 48 10
1986–87 CSKA Moscow USSR 39 26 24 50 16
1987–88 CSKA Moscow USSR 38 19 23 42 20
1988–89 CSKA Moscow USSR 35 20 21 41 12
1989–90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 11 23 34 20
1990–91 Zürcher SC NLA 1 0 1 1 0 3 3 6 9 0
1991–92 Zürcher SC NLA 28 13 19 32 4 6 4 3 7 4
1992–93 Östersunds IK Swe-3 19 25 24 49 12
1993–94 Östersunds IK Swe-2 28 18 22 40 14
1994–95 Östersunds IK Swe-2 27 9 9 18 31
1995–96 Brunflo IK Swe-3 18 7 9 16 6
USSR totals 438 288 215 503 210
NHL totals 61 11 23 34 20
Vladimir Krutov
Medal record
Competitor for the  Soviet Union
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 1980 Lake Placid Ice hockey
Gold 1984 Sarajevo Ice hockey
Gold 1988 Calgary Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 1981 Sweden Ice hockey
Gold 1982 Finland Ice hockey
Gold 1983 West Germany Ice hockey
Bronze 1985 Czechoslovakia Ice hockey
Gold 1986 Soviet Union Ice hockey
Silver 1987 Austria Ice hockey
Gold 1989 Sweden Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1979 Sweden Ice hockey
Gold 1980 Finland Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold 1981 Canada Team

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1979 Soviet Union WJC 1st 6 8 6 14 2
1980 Soviet Union WJC 1st 5 7 4 11 5
Junior int'l totals 11 15 10 25 7
1980 Soviet Union Oly 2nd 7 6 5 11 4
1981 Soviet Union WC 1st 8 6 3 9 8
1981 Soviet Union CC 1st 7 4 4 8 10
1982 Soviet Union WC 1st 10 4 3 7 6
1983 Soviet Union WC 1st 10 8 7 15 12
1984 Soviet Union Oly 1st 7 4 1 5 2
1984 Soviet Union CC 3rd 6 3 5 8 4
1985 Soviet Union WC 3rd 10 3 5 8 8
1986 Soviet Union WC 1st 10 7 10 17 14
1987 Soviet Union WC 2nd 10 11 3 14 8
1987 Soviet Union CC 2nd 9 7 7 14 4
1988 Soviet Union Oly 1st 8 6 9 15 0
1989 Soviet Union WC 1st 10 4 2 6 12
Senior int'l totals 112 73 64 137 92

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fyodorov, Gennady (6 June 2012). "Former Soviet great Krutov dies at 52". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Vladimir Krutov, Soviet ice hockey legend, dead at 52". Toronto Star. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 

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Preceded by
Viacheslav Fetisov
Soviet MVP
1987
Succeeded by
Igor Larionov