USSR national hockey team

USSR national hockey team. Three hockey
Three hockey “musketeers”: Valery Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov.

USSR national hockey team the world championship for the second time. The hockey players of the national team were looking forward to the 40th anniversary championship in Moscow.

USSR national hockey team. A blow to prestige

At the previous world championship, held in Czechoslovakia, Soviet hockey players took only second place. It was a blow to ambition and prestige. And therefore the players of the USSR national team were eager to take revenge in their hometown.

Fights in Prague with the Czechoslovakians (3: 3 and 3: 2 in favor of the hosts) were not just tense, they were often overshadowed by clashes, fights and mutual insults. The fault is politics – four years ago, in 1968, the Soviet army entered Czechoslovakia. The echo of those events thundered at hockey meetings …

 

USSR national hockey team. In honor of the brilliant victory of the USSR national ice hockey team, the National Anthem of the Soviet Union sounds
In honor of the brilliant victory of the USSR national ice hockey team, the National Anthem of the Soviet Union sounds

The USSR national team, which was prepared by the duet – Vsevolod Bobrov and Boris Kulagin – represented a powerful force. Looking through the list of team players, you are amazed and admired that they are all very talented. Fans, of course, remember what goalkeeper Vladislav Tretyak, defenders Valery Vasilyev, Alexander Gusev, Vladimir Lutchenko, forwards Alexander Yakushev, Valery Kharlamov, Alexander Maltsev, Boris Mikhailov, Vladimir Petrov did on the court. Evgeny Zimin …

In the fall of the seventy-second, the Soviet team carried out a brilliant series against Canadian professionals, further strengthening their authority. The NHL scouts were ready to buy not just individual players, but the entire Soviet team! However, it was impossible to go overseas during the Iron Curtain.

 

USSR national hockey teamIn honor of the brilliant victory of the USSR national ice hockey team, the National Anthem of the Soviet Union sounds
VSEVOLOD MIKHAILOVICH BOBROV
Senior coach of the USSR national ice hockey team.
Honored Trainer of the USSR, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR,
world champion 1954, 1956,
champion of the VII Winter Olympic Games.
BORIS PAVLOVICH KALUGIN
Coach of the USSR national ice hockey team.
Honored Trainer of the USSR.

Masters and luminaries

Our team was strong, but … could be even stronger. This was noted by the ex-mentor of the USSR national team Anatoly Tarasov: “The mistake of Bobrov’s coaching staff is the mechanical rejuvenation of the national team. Not every veteran has to leave hockey, and not every young, even promising, athlete is introduced to the main team. The main criterion is the level of skill, character, game culture. I think that Valery Vikulov and Anatoly Firsov were deprived of the right to play for the national team in vain ”.

It is characteristic that Tarasov criticized the national team in 1957. But – after the lost World Championship in Moscow. This time Anatoly Vladimirovich performed before the tournament. It is worth recalling that both great coaches – Tarasov and Bobrov – hated a friend. But that’s a different story.

The world champions – the Czechoslovakians, led by coaches Vladimir Kostka and Yaroslav Pitner, were not against the fact that not them, but the owners of the site were considered favorites. However, they probably hoped to spoil the mood of the owners. Moreover, they included top-class masters – goalkeeper Jiri Holechek, defender František Pospisil, strikers Vaclav Nedomansky, Boguslav Stiasny, Jiri and Jaroslav Holiki.

 

USSR national hockey team. The USSR national ice hockey team, winner of the 1973 World and European Championship.
The USSR national ice hockey team, winner of the 1973 World and European Championship.

The Swedes also hoped to “profit”. And if they did not really count on gold medals, then winning silver awards seemed quite an achievable task. After all, there were enough luminaries in “Tre Kronur” – one Berje Salming was worth what! And there were also Lars-Erik Sheberg, Anders Hedberg, Ulf Sterner, Ulf Nilsson, Tord Lundstrom,

Where are the Canadians? Again, as in 1957, they did not come to Moscow. This time, not for political reasons, but because of disagreements with the International Ice Hockey Federation. Representatives of Canada boycotted the World Championships for seven whole years. Without the Maple Leaves, tournaments have largely lost both their sharpness and beauty.

As for the US national team, it was at that time – just imagine! – played in group “B”. But even there she did not become the strongest, losing to the GDR team.

Vladimir Shadrin.
Vladimir Shadrin.

The most important fan

Six European teams – the world championship tournament was only formally – had to hold a two-round tournament. It was opened on March 31 by the teams of Czechoslovakia and Poland. Nobody expected a stubborn struggle, and there could be no – teams of different levels met. The result of the meeting is 14: 1.

But this high result was surpassed on the same day. Our hockey players scored 17 goals in the game with the FRG team, conceding only one. Moreover, the German players have opened an account. And with this, they probably made the Soviet hockey players even more angry. The hat-trick was a success for three forwards at once – the captain of the national team Mikhailov, Yakushev and Maltsev. The spectators, who invariably filled the Palace of Sports, enthusiastically welcomed the start of the victorious relay race of the Soviet Union national team.

Already in the next round, the world champions, the hockey players of Czechoslovakia lost two points – in the game with Sweden they could not score a single goal against Christer Abrahamsson, and conceded two in their own. The defeat had such an effect on them that in the next game this strong team with great difficulty overcame the team from Germany – 4: 2.

 

Alexander Volchkov. International Master of Sports. USSR Champion 1972 and 1973 1973 European and World Champion
Alexander Volchkov. International Master of Sports. USSR Champion 1972 and 1973 1973 European and World Champion
Alexander Sidelnikov. International Master of Sports. Champion of Europe and mra 1973
Alexander Sidelnikov. International Master of Sports. Champion of Europe and mra 1973
Alexander Volchkov. International Master of Sports. USSR Champion 1972 and 1973 1973 European and World Champion
Alexander Volchkov. International Master of Sports. USSR Champion 1972 and 1973 1973 European and World Champion
Vyacheslav Anisin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, European and World Champion 1973
Vyacheslav Anisin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, European and World Champion 1973. USSR national hockey team
Alexander Bodunov. International Master of Sports. 1973 European and World Champion
Alexander Bodunov. International Master of Sports. 1973 European and World Champion
Vladislav Tretyak. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion 1970-1973, world champion 1970, 1971, 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Vladislav Tretyak. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion 1970-1973, world champion 1970, 1971, 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Valery Vasiliev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. European and world champion in 1970 and 1973. Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games. At the Moscow World Championships, he was recognized as the best defender.
Valery Vasiliev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. European and world champion in 1970 and 1973. Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games. At the Moscow World Championships, he was recognized as the best defender.
Boris Mikhailov. Captain of the USSR national ice hockey team. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, Champion of the USSR in 1968, 1970-1973. European Champion 1969, 1970, 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games. He was recognized as the best striker at the Moscow World Championships.
Boris Mikhailov. Captain of the USSR national ice hockey team. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, Champion of the USSR in 1968, 1970-1973. European Champion 1969, 1970, 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games. He was recognized as the best striker at the Moscow World Championships.
Vladimir Petrov. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1968, 1970-1973 European Champion 1969, 1970, 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games. The best sniper of the Moscow World Championship, threw 18 goals.
Vladimir Petrov. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1968, 1970-1973 European Champion 1969, 1970, 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games. The best sniper of the Moscow World Championship, threw 18 goals.
Valery Kharlamov. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1968, 1970-1973 European Champion 1969, 1970, 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Valery Kharlamov. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1968, 1970-1973 European Champion 1969, 1970, 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Vladimir Lutchenko. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1966, 1968, 190-1973 European Champion 1969, 1970 and 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Vladimir Lutchenko. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1966, 1968, 190-1973 European Champion 1969, 1970 and 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Yuri Lebedev. International Master of Sports. 1973 European and World Champion
Yuri Lebedev. International Master of Sports. 1973 European and World Champion
Alexander Yakushev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion of the USSR 1967 and 1969 European and World Champion 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Alexander Yakushev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion of the USSR 1967 and 1969 European and World Champion 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
USSR national hockey team. Alexander Maltsev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. European Champion 1969, 1970 and 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Alexander Maltsev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. European Champion 1969, 1970 and 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
USSR national hockey team. Yuri Lyapkin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. 1973 European Champion World Champion 1971 and 1973
Yuri Lyapkin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. 1973 European Champion World Champion 1971 and 1973
Evgeny Poladiev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1969 European and World Champion 1967, 1969, 1970
Evgeny Poladiev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1969 European and World Champion 1967, 1969, 1970
Vladimir Shadrin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion of the USSR 1967 and 1969 European Champion 1970 and 1973 World Champion 1970, 1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Vladimir Shadrin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion of the USSR 1967 and 1969 European Champion 1970 and 1973 World Champion 1970, 1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Alexander Martynyuk. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion of the USSR 1967 and 1969 European Champion 1973 World Champion 1971 and 1973
Alexander Martynyuk. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Champion of the USSR 1967 and 1969 European Champion 1973 World Champion 1971 and 1973
Alexander Ragulin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1963-1966, 1968, 1970-1973 European Champion 1963-1970, 1973 World Champion 1963-1971 and 1973 Champion IX, X and XI Winter Olympic Games.
Alexander Ragulin. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1963-1966, 1968, 1970-1973 European Champion 1963-1970, 1973 World Champion 1963-1971 and 1973 Champion IX, X and XI Winter Olympic Games.
Gennady Tsygankov. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 190-1973 European Champion 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
Gennady Tsygankov. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 190-1973 European Champion 1973 World Champion 1969-1971 and 1973 Champion of the XI Winter Olympic Games.
USSR national hockey team. Alexander Gusev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1970-1973 1973 European and World Champion
Alexander Gusev. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. USSR Champion 1970-1973 1973 European and World Champion
USSR national hockey team. The captain of the USSR national team - BORIS MIKHAILOV with the main prizes of the World and European Championships!
The captain of the USSR national team – BORIS MIKHAILOV with the main prizes of the World and European Championships!
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