Best Russian Hockey Players

The 10 greatest Russian/Soviet Hockey players of all-time.

The Top Ten

1 Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

Best hockey player ever. end of story. just go watch his highlights.

Can play both ways, physical, handles the puck well and passes well too. Great all around game and done with just one team.

I'm from Russia and I want to be that guy

Ovi is the best

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2 Pavel Datsyuk

Silkiest mitts you ever saw. Smart, fast and strong. Datsyuk is captain of the Russian Olympic team for a reason

Simply The most talented player I ever saw... and my other Hockey idol is Gretzky!

He is unbelievable, magician and awesome person with a huge sense of humor!

Most skilled player in the league

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3 Valeri Kharlamov

Anyone who puts someone ahead of Kharlamov obviously never saw him play. He wasn't just the best player in the Soviet Union, he was the best player in the world. Better than any NHL player. The guy had it all!

no doubt, best hockey player ever... If Canadians do not break him, they lose superseries 72, 5-3. "we just can't stop him" - John Ferguson.

The only way Canada won the summit series is because bobby clarke slashed kharlamov

He made Russia beat cananda, when everybody deemed it impossible. Also tainted a lot by injury's. And had a very tough life, fighting for a spot in a team of which he was the best by far of. Long, but true story, the coach, Tarasov didn't play him. How did he earn a position? He proved himself at the few times he was given chances. Best ice hockey player in Russia. Best ice hockey player in the World!

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4 Evgeni Malkin

Malkin better than overrated Bure

It's Geno, two-time scoring champ, Stanley Cup winner and future hall-of-famer. Ovechkin? Give me a break.

He is simply the best!

Malkin best

5 Pavel Bure

Pavel is solid player and good attacking from goalie and good backing.

Most exciting player to ever play the game!

He is the fastest player


6 Vladislav Tretiak

One of the greatest goalie's of all-time

Best goalie ever

Should be #1 on this list for sure.
Simply one of the greatest goalies ever. Imagine if he ever played in the NHL?
He would be a superstar year after year.
First non NHLer in the Hall of Fame.
He is an absolutely outstanding goalie.

7 Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk is one of the rarest breeds of hockey players ever. With the most underrated shot ever.

ilya kovalchuk is amazing he came out of nowhere and is now one of the best players on the devils

Purest all around talent ever!

He is very powerful and he always scores goles and their is even a film about him

8 Sergei Fedorov

one of the most underrated forward ever

First Russian to win the Hart Trophy - VADERtheIMPALER

9 Sergei Makarov

Incredible skill, speed and goal scoring ability. Wow what a player.

Best player I ever kow

10 Igor Larionov

The smartest Russian player of all time

The Newcomers

? Nikita Kucherov

The Contenders

11 Viacheslav Fetisov

The greatest. No doubt.

12 Vladimir Tarasenko

Come on this low.

Top ten player

13 Evgeni Nabokov

H eis having rough seasons.

14 Alexander Mogilny

Great hands, great skater, was afraid to fly

15 Boris Mikhailov

Why in the hell isn't this guy on here?

2 Olympic Gold Medals
MVP: 1977, 1978, 1979 Challenge Cup
Soviet Captain: 1972-1980
Leading Soviet Scorer: 1975, 1976, 1978
Leading Scorer IIHF World Championships: 1977, 1978
Top goal scorer at the IIHF World Championships: 1977, 1978
Best forward at IIFH World Championships: 1973, 1979 (other forward is Kharlamov)
Second leading Soviet Scorer of all time (Maltsev is the all-time Soviet leading scorer)
Also, claimed by many the best player in the world in 1979-1980.

Mikhailov and Kharlamov were on the same line together. These two were a wrecking machine.

16 Alexei Kovalev
17 Alexander Radulov
18 Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky

Best goalie

19 Alexander Majorov
20 Vyacheslav Bykov
21 Vladimir Krutov

Way overrated. A bust in nhl. So he went to Swiss league c

22 Vladimir Konstantinov

Probably the most physical Soviet defenseman to ever play. Total defensive package

23 Sergei Zubov
24 Alexander Ragulin
25 Vyacheslav Kozlov
26 Sergei Gonchar
27 Maxim Afinogenov
28 Andrei Markov
29 Vladimir Sobotka
30 Nikita Zaitsev
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Top Remixes

1. Alexander Ovechkin
2. Pavel Datsyuk
3. Evgeni Malkin
1. Pavel Bure
2. Evgeni Malkin
3. Alexander Ovechkin


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