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The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History 

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List Rules Vote up the greatest Russian-born hockey players ever to play in the NHL

Our list of Russian NHL players contains some of the league's greatest hockey players ever. Some of the legendary Russian-born hockey players in this list include names like Alexei Kovalev, the Bure Brothers - Pavel Bure and Valeri Bure, and Sergei Zubov. Of course, the Detroit Red Wings famous Russian Five - Sergei Federov, Igor Larionov, Viacheslav Festiov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, and Vladimir Konstantinov - is included.

We've also included some of the NHL's best players born in Russia who are currently active in the league, including Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Gonchar, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Bryzgalov, and the ageless wonder, Alexander Ovechkin. Vote below for your favorite Russian NHL players and if we missed someone, feel free to add them to the list so that other hockey fans can vote on them!
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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia

Position: Left Wing

Nationality: Russia

Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐˈvʲetɕkʲɪn]; born September 17, 1985), often referred to as "Ovi" or "the Great ...more

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Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Position: Centerman

Nationality: Russia

Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk (Па́вел Вале́рьевич Дацю́к, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ dɐˈtsuk]; born 20 July 1978) is a Russian professional ice hockey player for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental ...more
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Sergei Fedorov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Pskov, Russia

Position: Centerman, Defenseman

Nationality: United States of America, Russia

Sergei Viktorovich Fyodorov (Серге́й Викторович Фёдоров; born December 13, 1969) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player and the current general manager of CSKA Moscow of the ...more
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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Magnitogorsk, Russia

Position: Centerman

Nationality: Russia

Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin (Russian: Евге́ний Влади́мирович Ма́лкин, IPA: [jɪvˈɡʲenʲɪj ˈmaɫkʲɪn]; born 31 July 1986), nicknamed "Geno", is a Russian professional ice hockey centre and ...more

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Pavel Bure is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Па́вел Влади́мирович Буре́, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ bʊˈrɛ]; born March 31, 1971) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player who played the right wing position. ...more
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Igor Larionov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia

Position: Centerman

Nationality: Russia

Igor Nikolayevich Larionov (Russian: Игорь Николаевич Ларионов; born 3 December 1960) is a Russian sports agent and former professional ice hockey player, known as The Professor. Along with ...more
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Alexander Mogilny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Khabarovsk, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Alexander Gennadevich Mogilny (Russian: Александр Геннадиевич Могильный; born February 18, 1969) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player and the current president of Amur Khabarovsk ...more

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Viacheslav Fetisov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: Russia

Viacheslav Alexandrovich "Slava" Fetisov (Russian: Вячеслав Александрович Фетисов, Vjačeslav Aleksandrovič Fetisov; born 20 April 1958) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey ...more
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Ilya Kovalchuk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Tver, Russia

Position: Left Wing

Nationality: Russia

Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk (Russian: Илья Валерьевич Ковальчук; born April 15, 1983) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National ...more

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Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Paul Phillippe added Nikita Kucherov Maykop, Russia

Position: Forward

Nationality: Russia

Nikita Igorevich Kucherov (Russian: Никита Игоревич Кучеров; born 17 June 1993) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more

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Alexei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Tolyatti, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Alexei Vyacheslavovich Kovalev (Russian: Алексей Вячеславович Ковалёв, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej vʲɪtɕɪˈsɫavəvʲɪtɕ kəvɐˈlʲɵf]; born February 24, 1973) is a Russian professional ice ...more
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Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Paul Phillippe added Vladimir Tarasenko Yaroslavl, Russia

Position: Right wing

Nationality: Russia

Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born 13 December 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently serving as an alternate captain for ...more

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Vladislav Tretiak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: Russia

Vladislav Aleksandrovich Tretiak, MSM (Russian: Владисла́в Алекса́ндрович Третья́к, IPA: [trʲɪˈtʲjak]; born 25 April 1952) is a Russian former goaltender for the Soviet Union national ice hockey ...more
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Vladimir Konstantinov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Murmansk, Russia

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: Russia

Vladimir Nikolaevich Konstantinov (Russian: Владимир Николаевич Константинов; born March 19, 1967) is a Russian-American retired professional ice hockey player who played his entire National ...more
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Sergei Gonchar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Chelyabinsk, Russia

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: Russia

Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar (Russian: Серге́й Ви́кторович Гонча́р, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej ˈvʲiktərəvʲɪtɕ ɡɐnˈtɕar]; born 13 April 1974) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player who is ...more
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Sergei Zubov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov (Russian: Сергей Зубов; born 22 July 1970) is the current head coach of HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and a defensive assignment coach for the ...more
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Nikolai Khabibulin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: Russia

Nikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin ( (listen); Russian: Николай Александрович Хабибулин, IPA: [xəbʲɪˈbulʲɪn], born January 13, 1973) is a Russian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Known ...more
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Vyacheslav Kozlov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia

Position: Winger

Nationality: Russia

Vyacheslav Anatolevich "Slava" Kozlov (Russian: Вячеслав Анатольевич Козлов; born May 3, 1972) is a Russian former professional ice hockey left winger. Kozlov won the Stanley Cup in ...more
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Alexei Yashin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Position: Centerman

Nationality: Russia

Alexei Valeryevich Yashin (Russian: Алексей Валерьевич Яшин; born 5 November 1973) is a Russian former professional ice hockey centre who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) ...more
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Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Stephen Ruane added Chelyabinsk, Russia
Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Кузнецов; born 19 May 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National ...more

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Evgeni Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: Russia

Yevgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Набо́ков; born July 25, 1975), usually transliterated as Evgeni Nabokov, is a Kazakhstani-Russian retired professional ice hockey ...more
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Valeri Kamensky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Valeri Viktorovich Kamenski (Russian: Валерий Викторович Каменский) (born 18 April 1966) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player.
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Andrei Markov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: Canada, Russia

Andrei or Andrey Markov may refer to: Andrey Markov (1856–1922), Russian mathematician Andrey Markov, Jr. (1903–1979), Soviet mathematician Andrei Markov (ice hockey) (born 1978), Russian ice ...more
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Alexander Semin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Position: Right wing

Nationality: Russia

Alexander Valeryevich Semin (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Сёмин, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɵˈmʲin]; born 3 March 1984) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who is currently ...more

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Viktor Kozlov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Tolyatti, Russia

Position: Centerman

Nationality: Russia

Viktor Nikolayevich Kozlov (Russian: Виктор Николаевич Козлов; born 14 February 1975) is a Russian former professional ice hockey center and coach. He is currently the assistant coach of the ...more