Russia men's national ice hockey team
The coat of arms of Russia is the badge used on the players jerseys.
(The Red Machine)
|Association||Russian Hockey Federation|
|Head coach||Ilya Vorobiev|
|Current IIHF||3 1 (21 May 2018)|
|Highest IIHF||1 (first in 2009)|
|Lowest IIHF||7 (2004)|
| Russia 2–2 Sweden |
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; 12 April 1992)
| Russia 12–3 Great Britain |
(Bolzano, Italy; 26 April 1994)
Russia 10–1 Kazakhstan
(Riga, Latvia; 6 May 2006)
Russia 10–1 Denmark
(Moscow, Russia; 12 May 2016)
Russia 10–1 Italy
(Cologne, Germany; 7 May 2017)
| Finland 7–1 Russia |
(Helsinki, Finland; 22 April 1997)
Czech Republic 7–1 Russia
(Moscow, Russia; 20 December 1997)
|IIHF World Championships|
|Appearances||26 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Gold (1993, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||4th (1996, 2016)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1994)|
|Medals|| Gold (2018)[a] |
The Russian men's national ice hockey team (Russian: Сборная России по хоккею с шайбой) is the national men's ice hockey team of Russia, overseen by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of 2018, they are rated third in the IIHF World Ranking. The team has been competing internationally since 1992, and is recognized by the IIHF as the successor to the Soviet Union team and CIS team. The Russian team 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. The European nations of the Big Six participate in the Euro Hockey Tour, which Russia won seven times since 2005. Russia has 84,270 ice hockey players registered with its ice hockey federation. The head coach is Ilya Vorobiev, who has been coach since 2018.
Since the establishment of the team, Russia has participated in every IIHF World Championships tournament and every Olympic ice hockey tournament, winning five world championships and one Olympic gold.[a]
- 1 History
- 2 Tournament record
- 3 Team
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Allrussian Hockey League was founded by some clubs in the Russian Empire and entered the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1911. However, probably due to misunderstandings ("hockey" was identified with bandy in Russia, not with the modern ice hockey rules developed in Canada) the Russian team was excluded from the organization. There were no matches involving a team from Imperial Russia.
Interest in this exotic sport grew in the Soviet Union in the 2nd half of the 1940s. The first reactions were skeptical; one sports journal, Physical Culture and Sports, characterized it as such: "The game is quite individual and primitive, with few combinations, not as in bandy. Therefore, Canadian hockey should not be cultivated into our country..." However, Canadian hockey became more and more popular in the Soviet Union.
The first Soviet Championships League was introduced in 1946. Two years later the Muscovian team defeated LTC Praha in their very first international game. In 1952, the Hockey Federation of the USSR joined the International Ice Hockey League, and so received the permission to play in the World Championships and the Olympics. That year is seen as the birth of the Soviet national ice hockey team, the predecessor team of the Russia men's national ice hockey team. The Soviets won the 1954 Ice Hockey World Championships, and two years later they won gold at the 1956 Winter Olympics.
From then until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the "Red Machine" (Russian: Красная Машина; Krasnaya Mashina) was one of the most dominant teams in international play, winning nearly every World Championship and Olympic tournament, as well as defeating most teams with professional players it faced such as in the 1974 Summit Series and the Super Series. Until 1977, professional players were not able to participate in the World Championship, and it was not until 1988 that they could play in the Winter Olympics. The Soviet team was populated with amateur players who were hired as regular workers of a company (aircraft industry, food workers, tractor industry) or organization (KGB, Red Army, Soviet Air Force) that sponsored what would be presented as an after-hours social sports society hockey team for their workers but were set-up for the athletes to train full-time. This type of amateur player was common throughout the Eastern Bloc nations and was contested by the Western nations due to their best players participating in other professional leagues, eventually leading to the allowance of professionals by the IIHF and IOC.
After the USSR's Dissolution
The Soviet Union dissolved shortly before the 1992 Winter Olympics, so a Unified Team largely consisting of the former Soviet republics competed instead. The CIS national ice hockey team, consisting of 21 Russian players, 1 Lithuanian and 1 Ukrainian, competed as part of this Olympic delegation. The team finished second in its preliminary group, beating co-favorites Canada, 5–4, but losing to Czechoslovakia, 3–4. The CIS team then defeated the Finns and Americans, 6–1 and 5–2, respectively. In the final, they played Canada again, winning 3–1 and claimed the gold medal. The team was coached by the Russian and former Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov. In later years, the IIHF recognized this gold medal as being won by the Russian national team, rather than by the CIS. However, the International Olympic Committee has not recognized Russia as the Olympic champions for this Winter Games.
Russia joined the IIHF as an independent state on 6 May 1992, along with 10 other states, including seven other former Soviet republics. Unlike the others, which applied as new member states and had to begin playing at the bottom tiers of the World Championship, Russia was allowed to replace the Soviet Union in its position, and was thus entered into the elite division for the 1992 World Championship. Russia's first actual games after the Soviet dissolution were a series of five friendly games between Sweden, Germany and Switzerland, all taking place in April 1992, the debut game occurring on 12 April 1992 against Sweden and ending in a 2–2 draw. At the 1992 World Championship Russia finished first in its preliminary group but lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals, 2–0. They, however, won the next edition of the tournament, beating Germany, Canada and Sweden in the playoffs and clinching their first title as Russia and 23rd, including the USSR's totals.
The Post-Soviet Drought
As the USSR fell apart, so did Russia's elite hockey program. At the 1994 Winter Olympics they finished fourth overall, losing the bronze medal match to Finland. Russia also competed at the 1996 World Cup, the successor tournament to the Canada Cup, where the team lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, the United States. At the 1998 Winter Olympics, Russia won five consecutive games and reached the gold medal match, where they lost to the Czech Republic, 0–1.
The Russian Resurgence
The Bykov Period
After failing to win the gold medal between 1993 and 2007, the Russians restructured the national league as the KHL and hired the 1993 World Champion, Vyacheslav Bykov, as the head coach. Another 1993 champion, Sergey Fedorov, was named the team captain. Afterwards, Russia won the 2008 and 2009 World Ice Hockey Championships with perfect records, beating Canada in the finals two times in a row. The Russians would make another run in 2010, losing to the Czech Republic in the gold medal game. However, the disastrous 2010 Olympics and 2011 World Championships led to Bykov's removal.
Bilyaletdinov at the Helm
Bykov was replaced with Bilyaletdinov, under whose leadership Russia won the 2012 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships with yet another perfect record, beating Slovakia, 6–2, in the gold medal game. However, as a result of the 2013 Championship and 2014 Olympic performances, Bilyaletdinov was replaced with Oleg Znarok.
The Znarok Years
Znarok met the expectations, leading the Russians to the gold medal in the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship after defeating Finland, 5–2, in the final, with a perfect record. The 2014 tournament result set the most perfect records in the IIHF World Championships. For this accomplishment, the Russian team was honored in the Kremlin.
In each subsequent tournament, Russia earned a medal, including the silver medal in 2015, and the bronze medals in 2016 and 2017. The team also reached the semifinals of the World Cup, losing to Canada, the eventual winner.
In 2018, the Russian Olympic Committee was disqualified by the International Olympic Committee for doping, but the Russian National Team was allowed to participate under the Olympic flag as the Olympic Athletes from Russia, and could recruit any professional Russian hockey players with no previous drug violations, and a consistent history of drug testing. Like the rest of the Olympic hockey teams in 2018, the Russian team could not use NHL players due to the league's prohibiting player participation in the Olympics. As a result, the team relied on players from the KHL (15 from a reigning champion, SKA Saint Petersburg, 8 from HC CSKA Moscow and 2 from Metallurg Magnitogorsk). After a loss in their first game to Slovakia, the Russian team defeated Slovenia and the United States, qualifying for the quarterfinals. The team then defeated Norway and the Czech Republic to reach the finals. The team won the gold medal after a 4–3 overtime victory over the German team in the final. Nikita Gusev, Kirill Kaprizov and Ilya Kovalchuk were the top scorers for the team, with Gusev the top scorer of the tournament. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin had a 0.936 saves percentage, second to Jonas Hiller. Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk each won their first gold in their fifth Olympic appearance and together with Slava Voynov, were the only players with prior Olympic experience on the team. Koshechkin, Voynov, Kovalchuk, and Datsyuk were named the to the media-voted all-star team, with Gusev named the best forward, Voynov the best defenseman, and Kovalchuk as the tournament MVP. In its post-Olympics World Ranking, the IIHF considered this to be a result of the Russian team.
After the Olympics, Znarok was moved in a consulting role with the Russian National Team. He retired as Russia's most decorated modern head coach, with a World Championship, an Olympic gold medal, and a Euro Hockey Tour victory under his belt.
Vorobiev as head coach
Ilya Vorobiev was hired as the interim head coach of the Russian national hockey team, and been given the tasks to win the Euro Hockey Tour and the 2018 IIHF World Championship. His contract was renewed in June. Under Vorobiev, the Russian Team had a 1–5 record at the European Hockey Tour, below Znarok's 5–1 record. Vorobiev became the first Russian head coach to hold a 6–8 overall record after the Euro Hockey Tour and the World Championship, and the first to hold a 1–8 record against the other top six hockey teams. At the 2018 World Championship, Russia finished second in its group and lost to Canada 4–5 in the quarterfinal, finishing sixth overall.
|1956–1988||As part of Soviet Union|
|1992, Albertville||As part of Unified Team|
|1994, Lillehammer||8||4||4||0||26||24||Viktor Tikhonov||Alexander Smirnov||4th|
|1998, Nagano||6||5||1||0||26||12||Vladimir Yurzinov||Pavel Bure||Silver|
|2002, Salt Lake City||6||3||2||1||19||14||Viacheslav Fetisov||Igor Larionov||Bronze|
|2006, Turin||8||5||3||0||25||18||Vladimir Krikunov||Alexei Kovalev||4th|
|2010, Vancouver||4||2||2||0||16||13||Vyacheslav Bykov||Alexei Morozov||6th|
|2014, Sochi||5||3||2||0||13||8||Zinetula Bilyaletdinov||Pavel Datsyuk||5th|
|2018, Pyeongchang||As Olympic Athletes from Russia|
|6||5||1||0||27||9||Oleg Znarok||Pavel Datsyuk||Gold|
|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|
|2015||Prague / Ostrava, Czech Republic||Silver|
|2016||Moscow / Saint Petersburg, Russia||Bronze|
|2017||Cologne, Germany / Paris, France||Bronze|
|2018||Copenhagen / Herning, Denmark||6th place|
|1996 World Cup of Hockey||5||2||3||0||19||19||Boris Mikhailov||Viacheslav Fetisov||4th|
|2004 World Cup of Hockey||4||2||2||0||12||11||Zinetula Bilyaletdinov||Alexei Kovalev||5th|
|2016 World Cup of Hockey||4||2||2||0||11||10||Oleg Znarok||Alexander Ovechkin||4th|
Euro Hockey Tour
The Euro Hockey Tour started in 1996, between the quartet of European nations of the Big Six nations of ice hockey. It ran continuously ever since, and is currently in its 22nd season. The usual format is to have the teams play against each other four times, once in Finland, once in Russia, once in Sweden, and once in the Czech Republic. Sometimes there are deviations from the format, if additional nations, such as Canada, are invited to compete. Russia won 5 out of the last 10 competitions.
- Karjala Tournament:
- Channel One Cup:
- Oddset Hockey Games:
- Czech Hockey Games:
Russia's League Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) Cup Medal Table
|Channel One Cup||11||5||5||21|
|Oddset Hockey Games||5||3||10||18|
|Czech Hockey Games||5||4||5||14|
Team EHT Medal Table
EHT 2017-2018 Standings
- Deutschland Cup: Gold medal (1992, 1993, 2017, 2018)
- Nissan Cup: Silver medal (1992, 1994)
- Northern Lights Tournament: Bronze medal (1993)
Head coach: Ilya Vorobiev
|3||D||Dinar Khafizullin||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||5 January 1989||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|4||D||Vladislav Gavrikov||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||97 kg (214 lb)||21 November 1995||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|7||F||Kirill Kaprizov||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||87 kg (192 lb)||26 April 1997||CSKA Moscow|
|11||F||Sergei Andronov – A||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||19 July 1989||CSKA Moscow|
|13||F||Pavel Datsyuk – C||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||20 July 1978||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|15||F||Artem Anisimov||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||24 May 1988||Chicago Blackhawks|
|19||F||Pavel Buchnevich||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||17 April 1995||New York Rangers|
|22||D||Nikita Zaitsev||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||89 kg (196 lb)||29 October 1991||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|25||F||Mikhail Grigorenko||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||16 May 1994||CSKA Moscow|
|29||F||Ilya Kablukov||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||18 January 1988||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|30||G||Igor Shestyorkin||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||30 December 1995||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|31||G||Ilya Sorokin||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||78 kg (172 lb)||4 August 1995||CSKA Moscow|
|41||F||Nikita Soshnikov||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||14 October 1993||St. Louis Blues|
|44||D||Egor Yakovlev||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||17 September 1991||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|51||D||Alexei Bereglazov||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)||92 kg (203 lb)||20 April 1994||Metallurg Magnitogorsk|
|55||D||Bogdan Kiselevich||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||94 kg (207 lb)||14 February 1990||CSKA Moscow|
|63||F||Evgenii Dadonov – A||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||12 March 1989||Florida Panthers|
|66||F||Ilya Mikheyev||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||10 October 1994||Avangard Omsk|
|78||F||Maxim Mamin||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||91 kg (201 lb)||13 January 1995||Florida Panthers|
|83||G||Vasily Koshechkin||2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)||110 kg (240 lb)||27 March 1983||Metallurg Magnitogorsk|
|87||F||Maxim Shalunov||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||31 January 1993||CSKA Moscow|
|88||D||Nikita Tryamkin||2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)||116 kg (256 lb)||30 August 1994||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg|
|89||D||Nikita Nesterov||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||28 March 1993||CSKA Moscow|
|94||F||Alexander Barabanov||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||89 kg (196 lb)||17 June 1994||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|97||F||Nikita Gusev||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||76 kg (168 lb)||8 July 1992||SKA Saint Petersburg|
- 1994 – Viktor Tikhonov
- 1998 – Vladimir Yurzinov (Pyotr Vorobyov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov)
- 2002 – Viacheslav Fetisov (Vladimir Yurzinov, Vladislav Tretiak)
- 2006 – Vladimir Krikunov (Vladimir Yurzinov, Boris Mikhailov)
- 2010 – Vyacheslav Bykov (Igor Zakharkin)
- 2014 – Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Valery Belov, Dmitry Yushkevich, Igor Nikitin, Valeri Belousov, Vladimir Myshkin)
- 2018 – Oleg Znarok (Harijs Vītoliņš, Ilya Vorobyov, Rashit Davydov, Igor Nikitin, Alexei Zhamnov)
- World Championships
- 1993 – Boris Mikhailov (Pyotr Vorobyov, Igor Tuzik, Gennady Tsygurov)
- 1994 – Boris Mikhailov (Pyotr Vorobyov, Igor Tuzik, Gennady Tsygurov)
- 1995 – Boris Mikhailov (Pyotr Vorobyov, Igor Tuzik, Gennady Tsygurov)
- 1996 – Vladimir Vasiliev (Gennady Tsygurov, Viktor Tikhonov)
- 1997 – Igor Dmitriev (Boris Mikhailov, Igor Tuzik)
- 1998 – Vladimir Yurzinov (Pyotr Vorobyov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov)
- 1999 – Alexander Yakushev (Pyotr Vorobyov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov)
- 2000 World Championships – Alexander Yakushev (Pyotr Vorobyov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov)
- 2001 World Championships – Boris Mikhailov (Valeri Belousov, Vladimir Krikunov )
- 2002 – Boris Mikhailov (Valeri Belousov, Vladimir Krikunov)
- 2003 – Vladimir Plyushchev (Alexander Yakushev, Nikolai Tolstikov)
- 2004 – Viktor Tikhonov
- 2005 – Vladimir Krikunov (Vladimir Yurzinov, Boris Mikhailov)
- 2006 – Vladimir Krikunov (Vladimir Yurzinov, Boris Mikhailov)
- 2007 – Vyacheslav Bykov (Igor Zakharkin)
- 2008 – Vyacheslav Bykov (Igor Zakharkin)
- 2009 – Vyacheslav Bykov (Igor Zakharkin)
- 2010 – Vyacheslav Bykov (Igor Zakharkin, Valeri Bragin, Andrei Nazarov)
- 2011 – Vyacheslav Bykov (Igor Zakharkin)
- 2012 – Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Valery Belov, Dmitry Yushkevich, Igor Nikitin, Vladimir Myshkin)
- 2013 – Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Valery Belov, Dmitry Yushkevich, Igor Nikitin, Vladimir Myshkin)
- 2014 – Oleg Znarok (Harijs Vītoliņš, Vladimir Fedosov, Igor Nikitin, Yuri Zhdanov, Rashit Davydov, Oleg Kupryanov)
- 2015 – Oleg Znarok (Harijs Vītoliņš, Vladimir Fedosov, Igor Nikitin, Yuri Zhdanov, Rashit Davydov, Oleg Kupryanov)
- 2016 – Oleg Znarok (Harijs Vītoliņš, Ilya Vorobyov, Rashit Davydov, Igor Nikitin)
- 2017 – Oleg Znarok (Harijs Vītoliņš, Ilya Vorobyov, Rashit Davydov, Igor Nikitin)
- World Cup
- Some controversy exists over how many Olympic gold medals should be attributed to the Russian national team. The IIHF and Ice Hockey Federation of Russia consider Russia to have won gold at the Olympics twice, attributing the 1992 gold medal victory to the Russian national team as the immediate successor of the CIS team, as well as the 2018 gold medal by the Olympic Athletes from Russia. However, the International Olympic Committee does not recognize Russia as ever having won the gold medal in an Olympic tournament, as the 1992 and 2018 tournaments were won by athletes from the Unified Team and Olympic Athletes from Russia delegations, respectively, and not by a Russian delegation.
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