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Most games
Alexander Maltsev: 321
Most goals
Alexander Maltsev: 213
Most points
Sergei Makarov: 248
First game
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 23 - 2 East Germany Flag of East Germany
(East Berlin, East Germany; April 22, 1951)
Last game
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 - 1 Canada Flag of Canada
(Méribel, France; February 23, 1992)
Largest victory
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 28 - 2 Italy Flag of Italy
(Colorado Springs, United States; December 26, 1967)
Largest defeat
Flag of Canada Canada 8 - 2 Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union
(Ottawa, Canada; January 9, 1968) </br>

Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 9 - 3 Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; March 21, 1975)

Canada Cup
Winners: 1 - 1981
World Championships
Gold medalists: 19 - 1954, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990
International competition
Current record: (W-L-T) 738-110-65
Olympic medal record
Men’s ice hockey
Gold 1956 Ice hockey
Bronze 1960 Ice hockey
Gold 1964 Ice hockey
Gold 1968 Ice hockey
Gold 1972 Ice hockey
Gold 1976 Ice hockey
Silver 1980 Ice hockey
Gold 1984 Ice hockey
Gold 1988 Ice hockey

The Soviet national ice hockey team, or USSR national ice hockey team, was the national hockey team of the Soviet Union.

The Soviets were the most dominant team of all time in international play. The team won nearly every world championships and Olympic tournament between 1954 and 1991 held by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Due to the questionable nature of the amateur status of the Soviet players, their participation in the Olympics was questioned. The controversy was about the IIHF's definition of amateurs and professionals. However, the Soviets were generally dominant in amateur and professional tournaments alike.

After 1991, the Soviet team competed as the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics and as the Commonwealth of Independent States at the 1992 World Championships. In 1993, it was replaced by national teams for Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. The IIHF recognized the Russian as the successor to the Soviet Union team and passed its ranking on Russia. The other national hockey teams were considered new and sent to compete in Pool C.

The IIHF Team of the Century included four Soviet-Russian players out of a team of six. Goalie Vladislav Tretiak, defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov and forwards Valeri Kharlamov and Sergei Makarov who played for the Soviet teams in the 1970s and the 1980s were voted on to the IIHF Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.

At the 1984 Canada Cup the Soviets sent a team whose players all shot with left-handed sticks.

StatsEdit

Leading scorers (Olympics, World Championships, Canada Cups, 1972 Summit Series)

  1. Sergei Makarov - 248 points
  2. Aleksandr Maltsev - 213+ points
  3. Valeri Kharlamov - 199 points
  4. Boris Mikhailov - 180 points
  5. Vladimir Petrov - 176 points

Note: All of the top five scorers were on the 1980 Olympic team that lost to the United States in the Miracle on Ice.

Note: Maltsev has at least 213 points from his goals, and possibly more, but an accurate number for his assists cannot be found.

World Championships recordEdit

  • 1954 - Gold medal winner
  • 1955 - Silver medal winner
  • 1957 - Silver medal winner
  • 1958 - Silver medal winner
  • 1959 - Silver medal winner
  • 1961 - Bronze medal winner
  • 1962 - Did not participate
  • 1963 - Gold medal winner
  • 1965 - Gold medal winner
  • 1966 - Gold medal winner
  • 1967 - Gold medal winner
  • 1969 - Gold medal winner
  • 1970 - Gold medal winner
  • 1971 - Gold medal winner
  • 1972 - Silver medal winner
  • 1973 - Gold medal winner
  • 1974 - Gold medal winner
  • 1975 - Gold medal winner
  • 1976 - Silver medal winner
  • 1977 - Bronze medal winner
  • 1978 - Gold medal winner
  • 1979 - Gold medal winner
  • 1981 - Gold medal winner
  • 1982 - Gold medal winner
  • 1983 - Gold medal winner
  • 1985 - Bronze medal winner
  • 1986 - Gold medal winner
  • 1987 - Silver medal winner
  • 1989 - Gold medal winner
  • 1990 - Gold medal winner
  • 1991 - Bronze medal winner

Summit Series recordEdit

Canada Cup recordEdit

  • 1976 - Finished in 3rd place
  • 1981 - Won championship
  • 1984 - Lost semifinal
  • 1987 - Lost final
  • 1991 - Finished in 5th place

Challenge Cup and Rendez-vous vs. NHL all-starsEdit

  • 1979 - Won series
  • 1987 - Won series on aggregate



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