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Although Canadians routinely consider their country the greatest hockey nation on the planet, Russian fans certainly have plenty of ammo to argue the point. Not only do they boast some of the greatest talent in the game today in players like Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Semin and Andrei Markov, but their international record going back decades speaks for itself. Granted, much of their success came as the USSR, not merely Russia, but the bulk of the players from that era were born in Russia, and Russian coaches implemented the systems and taught the skills that made the Soviets such a dominant force in the hockey world.
1972 Summit Series
Though the Russian teams had enjoyed plenty of Olympic success in the 1950's and 1960's, it wasn't until the 1972 Summit series that Canada and the rest of the world truly woke up to just how good this hockey nation was. Prior to that their Olympic Gold Medals had been shrugged off by North American players, mainly because Canada's NHL stars had never been able to compete in the Olympic games. As such, the tournament wasn't truly a best on best event. The Summit Series changed that.
The Soviets trounced Canada in game one by a 7-3 score, embarrassing them on home soil. The slick playmaking of Russian players like Valery Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov and the incredible goaltending of Vladislav Tretiak, the greatest goaltender to even don a Russian hockey jersey, confounded the unprepared Canadian team, and Canada's NHL stars quickly realized they were in for a dog fight, not the cakewalk they had expected. Canada would eventually bounce back and win the series, but by the narrowest of margins, earning plenty of respect for the Soviet stars along the way.
Russian players in the NHL
It wasn't until the Soviet Union began to dissolve into independent states that players from the republic finally began to make their way over to North American shores to play in the NHL. Several players had been drafted by NHL in the 1970s and early 1980s, but had never played. In the 1988-89 season Sergei Priakin became the first Soviet player to arrive in the NHL, suiting up for the Calgary Flames. Stars like Sergei Makarov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, and Alexander Mogilny quickly followed suit. These stars quickly adapted to the smaller North American ice surface, and went on to become some of the most exciting, skilled, dominant players in the league.
When the Soviet Union dissolved completely in 1991 the trickle became a flood, as more and more Russians arrived, looking for fame, fortune and a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup. That flood eventually slowed, but despite the fact that Russia now has its own high-paying league (KHL) the best Russian players still make their way to the biggest hockey stage in the world - the NHL. Players like Ovechkin, Malkin and Datsyuk continue to dominate, and their fame and success attracts other young Russian stars to North American shores.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
For decades the Soviet national team owned the Olympic gold medal. Between 1964 and 1976 they only lost a single game, and routinely "went Globetrotter" on their opponents, dominating them as an NHL club would against a Canadian Junior hockey team. However, ever since 1998 when the NHL and the Olympic Committee started allowing professional stars attend the Winter Olympic Games the Russians have been unable to capture a gold medal. In Vancouver they had a team loaded with stars, but could never seem to get on the same page, and bowed out early, losing badly to Canada in the quarter-finals.
However, this nation has too much skill, too much pride, and too much history to allow their Olympic Gold Medal drought to go on much longer. In 2014 the Russians will play on their home soil and will legions of fans proudly wearing Team Russia hockey jerseys cheering them on. Players like Ovechkin, Malkin, Semin and Kovalchuk will be in their prime, and you can bet they will be hungry to take the gold.