Russians in the Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is dedicated to the history of ice hockey, and is both a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup. First Hall of Fame was opened in 1943 in Kingston by James Thomas Sutherland.
On August 28, 1961 NHL Hockey Hall of Fame was opened in Toronto.
There are only five Russian (Soviet) hockey players and one coach in the Hall of Fame.
Anatoly Tarasov (December 10, 1918, Moscow – June 23, 1995, Moscow) was a Soviet hockey player, football player and coach. By the way, he was Honored Master of Sports, Honored trainer of the USSR, WWII veteran, founder of the youth tournament Golden Puck, author of books on sports. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Tarasov is the “father of Russian hockey”, who made the USSR “a dominant force in international competitions”. Together with Arkady Chernyshev Anatoly set unbeaten record – for 9 consecutive years (1963-1971) Soviet national hockey team under their leadership became the champion in all international tournaments. Figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova is his daughter.
Tarasov was inducted into the Hall of fame in 1974.
Vladislav Tretiak (April 25, 1952, Moscow region) is an outstanding Soviet hockey player, goalkeeper, coach. Also he is a Deputy of the State Duma, president of the Russian Hockey Federation. From 1969 to 1984, he defended the gates of CSKA and the Soviet Union. He had played 482 matches at the Championships of the USSR, 117 matches at the World Championships and Olympic Games, 11 matches at the Canada Cup.
Tretiak was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.
Vyacheslav Fetisov (April 20, 1958, Moscow) is a Soviet and Russian hockey player, statesman, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1978), Honored coach of Russia (2002). Besides, he is a defender of the USSR and Russia, CSKA, New Jersey and Detroit, State Councilor of the Russian Federation of the first class.
Fetisov was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Valery Kharlamov (January 14, 1948, Moscow – August 27, 1981, near Solnechnogorsk, Moscow region) was a prominent Soviet ice hockey player, Honored Master sports of the USSR (1969), two-time Olympic champion (1972, 1976) and eight-time world champion. Moreover, he was the best hockey player of the USSR (1972, 1973).
Kharlamov was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Igor Larionov (December 3, 1960, Voskresensk, Moscow region) is a Soviet and Russian hockey player, striker, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1982), two time Olympic champion. What is more, he is a four-time world champion, six-time European champion, eight-time champion of the USSR, three-time Stanley Cup winner.
Igor Larionov is one of three players in the world (along with Vyacheslav Fetisov and Scott Niedermayer), who managed to win major international hockey titles: Olympic Champion, World Champion (Senior and Junior Cup), Canada Cup winner, World Cup winner and Stanley Cup winner.
Larionov was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Pavel Bure(March 31, 1971, Moscow) is a Soviet and Russian hockey player, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1990). For his speed Pavel was nicknamed Russian Rocket. At the age of 34 he announced his retirement due to a chronic knee injury. He has played 702 matches and scored 437 goals. Bure took part in six All-Star Games and in 2000 received an award as the most valuable player of the match. At Winter Olympics 2006 in Turin he was a general manager of the Russian national team.
Bure was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.