Sergei Fedorov Elected to The Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct just its sixth Russian-born player later this year as its saved the best for last with the nomination of Sergei Fedorov. In his first year of eligibility, the one-time Russian superstar will be immortalized among the likes of Gretzky, Howe, Kharlamov and Fetisov.
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Trying to Rank the Top 5 Russians to Win the Stanley Cup

With the Stanley Cup Finals underway and a potential for four new Russians to be immortalized, we here at FRWG decided to take a look back to see how the comrades of yesteryear ranked amongst one another. Criteria included a minimum of 500 NHL games, at least one cup, stats of the non fancy variety, and a whole lot of eternal struggle.

Note this list is not set in stone and a will likely look very different following the conclusion of the careers of today’s Russian stars.

Here we go!
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Soviet Coaching Legend, Viktor Tikhonov, Passes away at 84

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Late last night, the family of Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov announced the 84-year-old coaching legend had passed away. One of hockey’s greatest minds was said to be bedridden for weeks with an undisclosed illness.
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Alexei Kovalev Becomes 3rd Russian to Score 1,000 Points in NHL

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First it was Sergei Fedorov, a month later it was Alexander Mogilny, and tonight, well over six years since a Russian-born player reached the 1,000 career point plateau, Ottawa’s Alexei Kovalev joins an elite club. Kovalev scored a power-play goal midway through the first period(at exactly 10:00) to give the Senators the early lead. With the goal, assisted by fellow countryman Sergei Gonchar, Kovalev became the 76th NHL player to have his career points go into quadruple digits.

Kovalev fired a slap shot past Jonathon Quick after Gonchar’s shot bounced off a LA Kings defender for his sixth goal of the year. The shot was powerful enough to break his stick. Kovalev would add an assist on the game winning goal by Jason Spezza to earn the first star of the game. He becomes the second Senators player to eclipse 1,000 points with captain Daniel Alfredsson doing so exactly a month ago.
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Comrades of the Night-Alex Kovalev and Sergei Gonchar

For the first time in our short history we have two comrades of the night as two of Russia’s most seasoned NHL vets had a memorable night up in Ottawa. Prior to face-off, the Senators honored Sergei Gonchar on his 1,000th game in the NHL by presenting him with a plaque, a silver stick, and a portrait. A video was also shown of his career and the various teams he played for including Washington, Boston, and Pittsburgh respectively.

Gonchar becomes just the fifth Russian (and third Sergei) in league history to surpass the plateau joining the likes of Sergei Fedorov, Alexei Zhitnik, Slava Kozlov, Sergei Zubov, and teammate Alex Kovalev. Kovalev will soon surpass Fedorov for most all-time games for a Russian-born NHLer needing just 11 more games. After being criticized in the early going of the season by GM Bryan Murray, Kovalev scored two goals and added an assist en-route to a 5-2 Ottawa win.
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Slava Kozlov Joins KHL’s CSKA Moscow

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It appears Slava Kozlov’s storied NHL career has come to an end as the 38-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal with his former Russian club CSKA Moscow of the KHL. Kozlov’s now former club the Atlanta Thrashers opted not to resign the veteran who had spent the last seven years with the team where he scored 145 of his 356 career goals.
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Russia Falls to Czechs in Gold Medal Game;Top IIHF World Ranking

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After winning every game in this years Men’s World Championships, Team Russia could not overcome a lucky yet scrappy Czech Republic team to capture their third consecutive gold medal. Instead the Russians leave Germany with a feeling of disarray and disappointment just like in the 2010 Olympics when they were favored to win it all but were bounced in the quarter-finals.
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Russia Eliminate Canada Enroute to Semi-Finals

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On Thursday, Russia got slight revenge on their Canadian rivals for the first time since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by ending their chance for any medals with a 5-2 win at the Men’s World Championships. Goals from Maxim Afinogenov, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Fedorv and Pavel Datsyuk would power Russia to their third consecutive semi-final game where they will meet hosts Germany on Saturday.
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Russia Blanks Fins to Set Up Date with Canada

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Russia earned their 24th consecutive victory against the team that was last to beat them on the World’s stage on Tuesday by shutting out Finland 5-0. With the win the team earns the right to play Canada in the quarter-finals on Thursday in a rematch of the 2010 Olympics and the last two gold medal games at the World’s.
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Russia Announces Roster for World Championships


Head Coach Vyacheslav Bykov has announced the 25-man roster that will defend Russia’s crown in Germany starting this Sunday against Slovakia. Unlike the team that traveled to Vancouver before that embarrasing exit at the hands of the hosts this roster features more KHL’ers than NHL’ers 13 to 12. Both Alexander Ovechkin and Semin return to the Worlds’ stage having been absent last year since the Washington Capitals were deep in the playoffs.

Also returning is reigning MVP Ilya Kovalchuk who played on both gold medal teams while being on the Atlanta Thrashers who failed to make the playoffs both years. This time Kovalchuk is a New Jersey Devil until free agency starts and would probably prefer to be playing in the NHL this time of year opposed to with the National team. New faces from the NHL include Artem Aninvsov of the New York Rangers who has only played with the team’s junior squad and Dmitry Kulikov of the Florida Panthers who like Aninvsov has never gotten the call for top team.

Both Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov of the KHL will be reunited with their former Capitals teammates just like in Vancouver and hope to spark some sort of chemistry if Bykov decides to play them together at any time. It will be interesting to see if the mix between the KHL’ers and NHL’ers will be a factor as many claimed it was the reason Russia collapsed against Canada at the Olympics but hopefully this mix plus the bigger ice surface will be the key to the team’s success as they go for the three-peat.

Below is the roster that is headed to Germany. According to the rules, two more names can be added to the list for the second round of the tournament

Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Vasily Koshechkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Semyon Varlamov (Washington Capitals)

Konstantin Korneev (CSKA Moscow)
Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Dmitriy Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan)
Alexei Emelin (Ak Bars Kazan)
Denis Grebeshkov (Nashville Predators)
Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers)

Maxim Afinogenov (Atlanta Thrashers)
Evgeny Artyukhin (Atlanta Thrashers)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals)
Alexei Tereschenko (Ak Bars Kazan)
Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers)
Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey Devils)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Maxim Sushinsky (SKA St. Petersburg)
Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant Mytischi)
Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings)
Alexander Svitov (Avangard Omsk)