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)Красная Машина
(The Red Machine)
AssociationRussian Hockey Federation
Head coachIlya Vorobiev
AssistantsAnvar Gatiyatulin
Alexei Kudashov
Igor Nikitin
Alexei Zhamnov
CaptainPavel Datsyuk
Team colors              
IIHF codeRUS
Russian national team jerseys 2016 (WCH).png
Ranking
Current IIHF3 Decrease 1 (21 May 2018)[1]
Highest IIHF1 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF7 (2004)
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)
 Russia 10–1 Denmark 
(Moscow, Russia; 12 May 2016)
 Russia 10–1 Italy 
(Cologne, Germany; 7 May 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Finland 7–1 Russia 
(Helsinki, Finland; 22 April 1997)
 Czech Republic 7–1 Russia 
(Moscow, Russia; 20 December 1997)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances26 (first in 1992)
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold (1993, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1996)
Best result4th (1996, 2016)
Olympics
Appearances7 (first in 1994)
MedalsGold medal.svg Gold (2018)[2][a]
Silver medal.svg Silver (1998)
Bronze medal.svg Bronze (2002)
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2018 Pyeongchang Team as OAR
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1993 Germany
Gold medal – first place 2008 Canada
Gold medal – first place 2009 Switzerland
Gold medal – first place 2012 Finland/Sweden
Gold medal – first place 2014 Belarus
Silver medal – second place 2002 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2010 Germany
Silver medal – second place 2015 Czech Republic
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Austria
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Germany/France

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.[2] 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.[3] The European nations of the Big Six participate in the Euro Hockey Tour, which Russia won seven times since 2005.[4] Russia has 84,270 ice hockey players registered with its ice hockey federation.[5] 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]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

The Allrussian Hockey League was founded by some clubs in the Russian Empire and entered the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1911.[9] 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.[10]

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..."[10] 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.[11] The Soviets won the 1954 Ice Hockey World Championships, and two years later they won gold at the 1956 Winter Olympics.[9]

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,[12][9] 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.[13][14] 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.[15]

After the USSR's Dissolution[edit]

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.[6][7] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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[edit]

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.[18]

The Russian Resurgence[edit]

The Bykov Period[edit]

After failing to win the gold medal between 1993 and 2007, the Russians restructured the national league as the KHL[19] and hired the 1993 World Champion, Vyacheslav Bykov, as the head coach.[20] Another 1993 champion, Sergey Fedorov, was named the team captain.[21] Afterwards, Russia won the 2008[22] and 2009 World Ice Hockey Championships with perfect records, beating Canada in the finals two times in a row.[23] 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.[24]

Bilyaletdinov at the Helm[edit]

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.[25] However, as a result of the 2013 Championship and 2014 Olympic performances, Bilyaletdinov was replaced with Oleg Znarok.[26]

The Znarok Years[edit]

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.[27] The 2014 tournament result set the most perfect records in the IIHF World Championships.[28] For this accomplishment, the Russian team was honored in the Kremlin.[29]

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.

Russian players met with President Vladimir Putin on 31 January 2018, prior to their departure to Korea

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.[30] 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.[31] In its post-Olympics World Ranking, the IIHF considered this to be a result of the Russian team.[2]

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.[32]

Vorobiev as head coach[edit]

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.[33] 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.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

The bronze medal winning Russian team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Games GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Finish
19561988 As part of  Soviet Union
France 1992, Albertville As part of Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Norway 1994, Lillehammer 8 4 4 0 26 24 Viktor Tikhonov Alexander Smirnov 4th
Japan 1998, Nagano 6 5 1 0 26 12 Vladimir Yurzinov Pavel Bure  Silver
United States 2002, Salt Lake City 6 3 2 1 19 14 Viacheslav Fetisov Igor Larionov  Bronze
Italy 2006, Turin 8 5 3 0 25 18 Vladimir Krikunov Alexei Kovalev 4th
Canada 2010, Vancouver 4 2 2 0 16 13 Vyacheslav Bykov Alexei Morozov 6th
Russia 2014, Sochi 5 3 2 0 13 8 Zinetula Bilyaletdinov Pavel Datsyuk 5th
South Korea 2018, Pyeongchang As  Olympic Athletes from Russia[2]
6 5 1 0 27 9 Oleg Znarok Pavel Datsyuk  Gold

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
2016 Moscow / Saint Petersburg, Russia Bronze
2017 Cologne, Germany / Paris, France Bronze
2018 Copenhagen / Herning, Denmark 6th place

World Cup[edit]

Year GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Finish
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
President Dmitry Medvedev meets with the national hockey team

Euro Hockey Tour[edit]

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.

Tournament summary[edit]

Russia's League Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) Cup Medal Table[edit]

Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Medals
Karjala Tournament 6 5 8 19
Channel One Cup 11 5 5 21
Oddset Hockey Games 5 3 10 18
Czech Hockey Games 5 4 5 14
Total 26 19 28 73

Team EHT Medal Table[edit]

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
 Finland 9 6 6 21
 Russia 7 6 5 18
 Sweden 4 6 3 13
 Czech Republic 2 4 8 14
Total 22 22 22 66

EHT 2017-2018 Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts
1  Finland 12 8 1 1 2 37 25 +12 27
2  Czech Republic 12 6 1 0 5 32 31 +1 20
3  Russia 12 6 0 1 5 31 22 +9 19
4  Sweden 12 6 0 0 6 28 30 −2 18
5  Canada 6 2 0 0 4 11 16 −5 6
6   Switzerland 3 0 0 0 3 6 12 −6 0
7  South Korea 3 0 0 0 3 4 13 −9 0
Source: Euro Hockey Tour[34]

Other tournaments[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[35]

Head coach: Ilya Vorobiev

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
3 D Dinar Khafizullin 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 29) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
4 D Vladislav Gavrikov 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 23) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
7 F Kirill Kaprizov 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 21) Russia CSKA Moscow
11 F Sergei AndronovA 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1989-07-19) 19 July 1989 (age 29) Russia CSKA Moscow
13 F Pavel DatsyukC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1978-07-20) 20 July 1978 (age 40) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
15 F Artem Anisimov 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 30) United States Chicago Blackhawks
19 F Pavel Buchnevich 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 23) United States New York Rangers
22 D Nikita Zaitsev 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 27) Canada Toronto Maple Leafs
25 F Mikhail Grigorenko 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 24) Russia CSKA Moscow
29 F Ilya Kablukov 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 30) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
30 G Igor Shestyorkin 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 22) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
31 G Ilya Sorokin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 23) Russia CSKA Moscow
41 F Nikita Soshnikov 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 25) United States St. Louis Blues
44 D Egor Yakovlev 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 27) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
51 D Alexei Bereglazov 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1994-04-20) 20 April 1994 (age 24) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
55 D Bogdan Kiselevich 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 28) Russia CSKA Moscow
63 F Evgenii DadonovA 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 29) United States Florida Panthers
66 F Ilya Mikheyev 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 24) Russia Avangard Omsk
78 F Maxim Mamin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 23) United States Florida Panthers
83 G Vasily Koshechkin 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 110 kg (240 lb) (1983-03-27) 27 March 1983 (age 35) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
87 F Maxim Shalunov 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 25) Russia CSKA Moscow
88 D Nikita Tryamkin 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 116 kg (256 lb) (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 24) Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
89 D Nikita Nesterov 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 25) Russia CSKA Moscow
94 F Alexander Barabanov 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 24) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
97 F Nikita Gusev 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 76 kg (168 lb) (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 26) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg

Coaching history[edit]

Olympics
  • 1994 – Viktor Tikhonov
  • 1998 – Vladimir Yurzinov (Pyotr Vorobyov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov)
  • 2002Viacheslav 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
World Cup

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.[6][7] 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.[8]

References[edit]

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  35. ^ 2018 IIHF World Championship roster

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