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||Oleg Znarok|
|Most games||Maxim Sushinski (119)|
|Most points||Alexei Morozov (89)|
|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)
Italy 1–10 Russia
(Cologne, Germany; 7 May 2017)
| Finland 7–1 Russia
(Helsinki, Finland; 22 April 1997)
Russia 1–7 Czech Republic
(Moscow, Russia; 20 December 1997)
|IIHF World Championships|
|Appearances||26 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||(1993, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1994)|
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 2016, they are rated second in the IIHF World Ranking. 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. Russia has a total of 84,270 players, about 0.05% of its population. Their head coach is Oleg Znarok, who has been coach since 2014.
The Allrussian Hockey League was founded by some clubs in the Russian Empire and entered the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1911. However, probably due to misunderstanding ("hockey" was identified with Russian hockey, not with the Canadian hockey) the Russian team was excluded from the organisation. There were no matches between Imperial Russia.
There was some interest to this exotic sport in the Soviet Union in the 2nd half of the 1940s. The first reaction was sceptical; one sports journal, Physicial 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 Ice Hockey 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" was one of the most dominant teams in international play, winning nearly every World Championship and Olympic tournament.
The Soviet Union dissolved shortly before the 1992 Winter Olympics, so a Unified Team largely consisting of many of the former Soviet republics competed, winning the gold medal under the auspices of Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov.
Russia joined the IIHF as an independent state on May 6, 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 taking place on 12 April 1992 against Sweden, which ended in a 2–2 draw. At the World Championships Russia was first in the playoffs but lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals, 2–0.
They won the 1993 World Championship, their first as Russia and 23rd including the USSR's totals. 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, though several players on NHL teams refused to play and the team lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, the United States. They were missing several players for the 1998 Winter Olympics as well, but reached the gold medal match, ultimately losing to the Czech Republic.
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.
|2002||Salt Lake City||Bronze medal|
|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|
Euro Hockey Tour
- Karjala Tournament: Gold medal (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016); Silver medal (1998, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2010, 2013); Bronze medal (1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2015)
- Oddset Hockey Games: Gold medal (2003, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2017); Silver medal (2007, 2009, 2011); Bronze medal (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013)
- Channel One Cup: Gold medal (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014); Silver medal (1996, 1997, 2001, 2009, 2016); Bronze medal (1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013)
- Czech Hockey Games: Gold medal (2002, 2006, 2007, 2009 (April), 2011); Silver medal (2001, 2005, 2009 (September), 2013 (August)); Bronze medal (1997, 2000, 2003, 2012, 2017)
- Deutschland Cup: Gold medal (1992, 1993)
- Nissan Cup: Silver medal (1992, 1994)
- Northern Lights Tournament: Bronze medal (1993)
Head coach: Oleg Znarok
|2||D||Zub, ArtyomArtyom Zub||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||October 3, 1995||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|4||D||Gavrikov, VladislavVladislav Gavrikov||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||97 kg (214 lb)||November 21, 1995||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl|
|7||F||Telegin, IvanIvan Telegin||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||92 kg (203 lb)||February 28, 1992||CSKA Moscow|
|9||D||Antipin, ViktorViktor Antipin||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||80 kg (180 lb)||December 6, 1992||Metallurg Magnitogorsk|
|10||F||Mozyakin, SergeiSergei Mozyakin – C||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||87 kg (192 lb)||March 30, 1981||Metallurg Magnitogorsk|
|11||F||Andronov, SergeiSergei Andronov||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||July 19, 1989||CSKA Moscow|
|16||F||Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||June 3, 1990||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|21||F||Barabanov, AlexanderAlexander Barabanov||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||89 kg (196 lb)||June 17, 1997||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|29||D||Provorov, IvanIvan Provorov||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||91 kg (201 lb)||January 13, 1997||Philadelphia Flyers|
|30||G||Shestyorkin, IgorIgor Shestyorkin||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||December 30, 1995||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|31||G||Sorokin, IlyaIlya Sorokin||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||78 kg (172 lb)||August 4, 1995||CSKA Moscow|
|43||F||Nichushkin, ValeriValeri Nichushkin||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||March 4, 1995||CSKA Moscow|
|55||D||Kiselevich, BogdanBogdan Kiselevich||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||94 kg (207 lb)||February 14, 1990||CSKA Moscow|
|63||F||Dadonov, EvgeniiEvgenii Dadonov||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||March 12, 1989||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|70||F||Tkachyov, VladimirVladimir Tkachyov||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||October 5, 1993||AK Bars Kazan|
|72||F||Panarin, ArtemiArtemi Panarin||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||77 kg (170 lb)||October 30, 1991||Chicago Blackhawks|
|77||D||Belov, AntonAnton Belov – A||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||97 kg (214 lb)||July 29, 1986||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|81||D||Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||92 kg (203 lb)||July 23, 1991||Washington Capitals|
|86||F||Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||77 kg (170 lb)||June 17, 1993||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|87||F||Shipachyov, VadimVadim Shipachyov – A||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||March 12, 1987||Vegas Golden Knights|
|88||G||Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||July 25, 1994||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|90||F||Namestnikov, VladislavVladislav Namestnikov||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||82 kg (181 lb)||November 22, 1992||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|92||F||Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||May 19, 1992||Washington Capitals|
|94||D||Mironov, AndreiAndrei Mironov||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||July 29, 1994||Dynamo Moscow|
|97||F||Gusev, NikitaNikita Gusev||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||76 kg (168 lb)||July 8, 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)
- 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 Cups
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- "Строительство «красной машины». Часть 1" [The Construction of the "Red Machine". Part 1] (in Russian). Russian Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
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- All Matches of the Russian Team (1991-1992)
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- 2017 IIHF World Championship roster
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