Russia men's national ice hockey team

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Russia men's national ice hockey team
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)
Association Russian Hockey Federation
Head coach Oleg Znarok
Assistants Rashit Davydov
Igor Nikitin
Harijs Vītoliņš
Ilya Vorobyov
Captain Sergei Mozyakin
Most games Maxim Sushinski (119)[citation needed]
Most points Alexei Morozov (89)[citation needed]
Team colors               
IIHF code RUS
Russian national team jerseys 2016 (WCH).png
Ranking
Current IIHF 2 Steady
Highest IIHF 1 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF 7 (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)
 Italy 1–10 Russia 
(Cologne, Germany; 7 May 2017)
Biggest defeat
 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 1st, gold medalist(s) (1993, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)
Olympics
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
Medals 2nd, silver medalist(s) (1998)
3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2002)
Medal record
Olympic Games
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 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.[1] Russia has a total of 84,270 players,[2] about 0.05% of its population. Their head coach is Oleg Znarok, who has been coach since 2014.

History[edit]

Prehistory[edit]

The Allrussian Hockey League was founded by some clubs in the Russian Empire and entered the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1911.[3] 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.[4]

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..."[4] 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.[5] The Soviets won the 1954 Ice Hockey World Championships, and two years later they won gold at the 1956 Winter Olympics.[3]

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.[6][3]

1990s[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

2000s[edit]

Russia won the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 World Ice Hockey Championships.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

The bronze medal winning Russian team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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.

Year Location Result
1994 Norway Lillehammer 4th place
1998 Japan Nagano Silver medal
2002 United States Salt Lake City Bronze medal
2006 Italy Turin 4th place
2010 Canada Vancouver 6th place
2014 Russia Sochi 5th place
2018 South Korea Pyeongchang Qualified

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

World Cup[edit]

  • 1996 – Finished fourth place
  • 2004 – Finished fifth place
  • 2016 – Finished fourth place
President Dmitry Medvedev meets with the national hockey team

Euro Hockey Tour[edit]

Other Tournaments[edit]

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.[10]

Head coach: Oleg Znarok

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
2 D Zub, ArtyomArtyom Zub 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1995-10-03) October 3, 1995 (age 21) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
4 D Gavrikov, VladislavVladislav Gavrikov 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1995-11-21) November 21, 1995 (age 21) Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
7 F Telegin, IvanIvan Telegin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1992-02-28) February 28, 1992 (age 25) Russia CSKA Moscow
9 D Antipin, ViktorViktor Antipin 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-12-06) December 6, 1992 (age 24) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
10 F Mozyakin, SergeiSergei MozyakinC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1981-03-30) March 30, 1981 (age 36) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
11 F Andronov, SergeiSergei Andronov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1989-07-19) July 19, 1989 (age 27) Russia CSKA Moscow
16 F Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1990-06-03) June 3, 1990 (age 26) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
21 F Barabanov, AlexanderAlexander Barabanov 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1997-06-17) June 17, 1997 (age 19) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
29 D Provorov, IvanIvan Provorov 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1997-01-13) January 13, 1997 (age 20) United States Philadelphia Flyers
30 G Shestyorkin, IgorIgor Shestyorkin 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 21) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
31 G Sorokin, IlyaIlya Sorokin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1995-08-04) August 4, 1995 (age 21) Russia CSKA Moscow
43 F Nichushkin, ValeriValeri Nichushkin 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1995-03-04) March 4, 1995 (age 22) Russia CSKA Moscow
55 D Kiselevich, BogdanBogdan Kiselevich 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1990-02-14) February 14, 1990 (age 27) Russia CSKA Moscow
63 F Dadonov, EvgeniiEvgenii Dadonov 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1989-03-12) March 12, 1989 (age 28) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
70 F Tkachyov, VladimirVladimir Tkachyov 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1993-10-05) October 5, 1993 (age 23) Russia AK Bars Kazan
72 F Panarin, ArtemiArtemi Panarin 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1991-10-30) October 30, 1991 (age 25) United States Chicago Blackhawks
77 D Belov, AntonAnton BelovA 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1986-07-29) July 29, 1986 (age 30) Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
81 D Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1991-07-23) July 23, 1991 (age 25) United States Washington Capitals
86 F Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1993-06-17) June 17, 1993 (age 23) United States Tampa Bay Lightning
87 F Shipachyov, VadimVadim ShipachyovA 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1987-03-12) March 12, 1987 (age 30) United States Vegas Golden Knights
88 G Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-07-25) July 25, 1994 (age 22) United States Tampa Bay Lightning
90 F Namestnikov, VladislavVladislav Namestnikov 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-11-22) November 22, 1992 (age 24) United States Tampa Bay Lightning
92 F Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1992-05-19) May 19, 1992 (age 25) United States Washington Capitals
94 D Mironov, AndreiAndrei Mironov 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-07-29) July 29, 1994 (age 22) Russia Dynamo Moscow
97 F Gusev, NikitaNikita Gusev 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 76 kg (168 lb) (1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 24) 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)
World Championships


World Cups

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL announces World Cup of Hockey for 2016". The Canadian Press. 2015-01-24. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Russia IIHF". Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Stepan Chaushyan (2013-12-10). "Олимпийские надежды: сборная России по хоккею" [Olympic Hopes: The Russian Hockey Team] (in Russian). Argumenty i Fakty. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Строительство «красной машины». Часть 1" [The Construction of the "Red Machine". Part 1] (in Russian). Russian Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  5. ^ IIHF (2008). "Soviets hammer Canada, win gold at their first Worlds". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  6. ^ IIHF (2008). "Team with no name wins Olympic gold". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  7. ^ IIHF (2008). "Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  8. ^ All Matches of the Russian Team (1991-1992)
  9. ^ Nadel, Mike (1998-02-22). "Czechs Win Hockey Gold". APNewArchive.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  10. ^ 2017 IIHF World Championship roster

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