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Igor Nikolaevich Larionov (in Russian: Игорь Николаевич Ларионов) (b. December 3rd 1960 in Voskresensk, U.S.S.R.) was a professional centre who played in the Soviet League and the National Hockey League from 1977 to 2004.

The talented centre made himself famous in his home country and on the international stage as one of the members of the KLM Line he formed with Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov with the CSKA Moscow and the Soviet National Team, line that was, with the contribution of Viacheslav Fetisov, one of the main reason to explain the outrageous domination of the Soviet Team in the international competitions of the 80's; he won the Olympic gold in 1984 and 1988 and four World titles, in 1982, 1983, 1986 and 1989.

Along with Krutov, he joined the Vancouver Canucks in 1989, who had drafted him in the 11th round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and was, with Fetisov, the main reason why Russian players started coming in North America in increasing numbers from the beginning of the 1990's. This fight for his freedom to play where he wanted came at a price though; legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov banned him from the national team for that very reason. However, the pressure from Viacheslav Fetisov and his teammates eventually resulted in the ban being lifted.

Larionov had a successful NHL career, winning the Stanley Cup three times with the Detroit Red Wings.

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