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The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History 

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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
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 Bure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, 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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Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, 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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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Magnitogorsk, 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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Sergei Fedorov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Pskov, 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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Vladislav Tretiak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast
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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Viacheslav Fetisov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, 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) 8 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Tver, 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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Igor Larionov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, 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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Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
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Yaroslavl, 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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Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
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Maykop, 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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Alexander Mogilny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Khabarovsk, 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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Sergei Zubov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, 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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Vladimir Konstantinov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Murmansk, 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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Alexei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Tolyatti, 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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Sergei Gonchar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Chelyabinsk, 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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Alexander Radulov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
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Nizhny Tagil, Russia
Alexander Valerievich Radulov (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Радулов; born 5 July 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Dallas Stars of the National ...more
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Alexander Yakushev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
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Balashikha, Russia
Alexander Sergeyevich Yakushev (Russian: Александр Серге́евич Якушев) (born January 2, 1947) is a former ice hockey player and coach for the Soviet Union. Born in Moscow, Soviet Union, Alexander ...more
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Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
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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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Darius Kasparaitis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Elektrėnai, Lithuania
Darius Kasparaitis (born October 16, 1972) is a Lithuanian American former professional ice hockey defenceman. He mainly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, ...more
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Evgeni Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
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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Nikolai Khabibulin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, 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) 23 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, 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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Andrei Markov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, 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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Valeri Kamensky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Valeri Viktorovich Kamenski (Russian: Валерий Викторович Каменский) (born 18 April 1966) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player.