CIS national ice hockey team

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Commonwealth of Independent States
Most games Andrei Khomutov (13)
Most points Andrei Khomutov (17)
IIHF code CIS
First international
Austria  2—7  CIS
(Feldkirch, Austria; 19 January 1992)
Last international
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team 3—1  Canada
(Méribel, France; 23 February 1992)
Biggest win
France  0—8 Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
(Méribel, France; 14 February 1992)
Biggest defeat
Switzerland   3—0  CIS
(Rapperswil, Switzerland; 4 February 1992)
Olympics
Appearances 1 (first in 1992)
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold: 1 – 1992
International record (W–L–T)
11—2—0

The CIS national ice hockey team was an ephemeral national ice hockey team that represented the Commonwealth of Independent States.[1] Essentially the former Soviet team under a different name, the CIS team existed in the few months between the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the formation of new ice hockey federations for the former Soviet states, now independent countries. Most notably, the team competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics as part of the Unified Team, winning the gold medal. However, the International Ice Hockey Federation would later attribute this gold medal to Russia as the successor state.[2][3] The International Olympic Committee does not attribute that medal to Russia.[4] After the Olympics, the CIS team ceased to exist and was replaced by the Russian team. In the 13 games the CIS played, they won 11 and lost 2.

History[edit]

Viktor Tikhonov, who coached the Soviet national team, served as the coach for the Unified Team at the Olympics.

The Soviet Union was dissolved in December 1991, only weeks before the start of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. As a result, there was no time to send a replacement for the Soviet national team, who was expected to compete at the Olympics. In effect the Soviet team participated, under the name "Unified Team" and with the "CCCP" on their uniforms removed, leaving a blank spot. Rather than the Soviet national anthem, the Olympic Hymn was played, and the Olympic flag was used instead of the Soviet flag.[2]

Many of the best Soviet players had since left the former Soviet Union for the National Hockey League (NHL), which did not stop play for the Olympics. Thus the team was forced to use players from the Russian and other European leagues, and head coach Viktor Tikhonov, known for his authoritarian style of coaching, was forced to modify his strategy, as he had no leverage over the players.[2] The team was composed almost entirely of Russians, with Lithuanian-born Darius Kasparaitis and Ukrainian-born Alexei Zhitnik the only non-Russians.[5]

They played in three friendlies against Austria, Canada, and Italy in January 1992. They defeated the Austrians and Canadians 7-2 each, and the Italians by a score of 4-2.

The national team next took part in the Nissan Cup, hosted by Switzerland. They defeated Finland in the semifinals 6-2, but were surprised by the Swiss hosts in the final, losing by a score of 3-0.[6]

At the 1992 Winter Olympics held in Albertville, France, the national team finished with a 7-1 record, and won the gold medal by defeating Canada 3-1 in the final.

After the Olympics, the team was dissolved and replaced by the Russian national team and other national teams for the independent Soviet states.

Olympic record[edit]

Games GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Finish
19561988 As  Soviet Union
France 1992 Albertville As  Unified Team[2]
8 7 1 0 46 14 Viktor Tikhonov Vyacheslav Bykov  Gold
1994 onwards As  Russia

Roster[edit]

Vyacheslav Bykov served as captain of the Unified Team.

A total of 20 skaters and 2 goalies players played for the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Nikolai Borschevsky and Andrei Khomutov tied for the lead in goals, with 7 each, while Khomutov and Vyacheslav Bykov had the most assists, 7. Khomutov had the most points on the team, with 14. While named to the team, Nikolai Khabibulin did not play in any games.

Skaters[edit]

Number Position Player Club GP G A Pts PIM
2 D Dmitri Yushkevich Dynamo Moscow 8 1 2 3
3 D Igor Kravchuk CSKA Moscow 8 3 2 5
4 D Vladimir Malakhov CSKA Moscow 8 3 0 3
5 D Dmitri Mironov Krylya Sovetov Moscow 8 3 1 4
6 D Darius Kasparaitis Dynamo Moscow 8 0 2 2
7 D Sergei Bautin Dynamo Moscow 8 0 0 0
8 C Igor Boldin Spartak Moscow 8 2 6 8
10 LW Sergei Petrenko Dynamo Moscow 8 3 2 5
11 LW Evgeny Davydov CSKA Moscow 8 3 3 6
12 RW Nikolai Borschevsky Spartak Moscow 8 7 2 9
13 LW Yuri Khmylev Krylya Sovetov Moscow 8 4 6 10
14 RW Alexei Kovalev Dynamo Moscow 8 1 2 3
15 RW Andrei Khomutov Fribourg-Gottéron 8 7 7 14
16 D Sergei Zubov CSKA Moscow 8 0 1 1
22 C Vyacheslav Butsayev CSKA Moscow 8 1 1 2
23 D Alexei Zhitnik CSKA Moscow 8 1 0 1
24 LW Vitali Prokhorov Spartak Moscow 8 2 4 6
26 C Alexei Zhamnov Dynamo Moscow 8 0 3 3
27 C Vyacheslav Bykov Fribourg-Gottéron 8 4 7 11
29 RW Andrei Kovalenko CSKA Moscow 8 1 1 2

Goaltenders[edit]

Number Player Club GP W L Min GA GAA SV% SO
1 Andrei Trefilov Dynamo Moscow 4
20 Mikhail Shtalenkov Dynamo Moscow 8
30 Nikolai Khabibulin CSKA Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commonwealth of Independent States". National Teams of Ice Hockey. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
  2. ^ a b c d IIHF (2008). "Team with no name wins Olympic gold". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  3. ^ IIHF. "OLYMPIC ICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENTS, MEN". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ IOC (2018). "ICE HOCKEY MEN". olympic.org. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  5. ^ Kasparaitis would later represent Russia in international competition. In 2017 he switched to join the Lithuanian national team. Zhitnik would represent Russia throughout his career.
  6. ^ "The Olympics: Winter Games at Albertville". LA Times. 1992-02-09. Retrieved 2013-06-16.