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The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

Updated February 4, 2020 11.4k votes 1.4k voters 17k views63 items

List RulesVote 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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    Sergei Fedorov

    Pskov, Russia

    PositionCenterman, Defenseman

    NationalityUnited 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 Kontinental...  more
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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    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 Hockey...  more
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    Alexander Ovechkin

    Moscow, Russia

    PositionLeft Wing

    NationalityRussia

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

    Moscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    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

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    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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    Evgeni Malkin

    Magnitogorsk, Russia

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

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

    Khabarovsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    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 of the...  more
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    Nikita Kucherov

    Maykop, Russia

    PositionForward

    NationalityRussia

    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). For...  more

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    Vladimir Konstantinov

    Murmansk, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    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 Hockey...  more
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    Viacheslav Fetisov

    Moscow, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    Viacheslav Alexandrovich "Slava" Fetisov (Russian: Вячеслав Александрович Фетисов, Vjačeslav Aleksandrovič Fetisov; born 20 April 1958) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey defenceman. He...  more
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    Alexei Kovalev

    Tolyatti, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexei Vyacheslavovich Kovalev (Russian: Алексей Вячеславович Ковалёв, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej vʲɪtɕɪˈsɫavəvʲɪtɕ kəvɐˈlʲɵf]; born February 24, 1973) is a Russian professional ice hockey...  more
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    Sergei Gonchar

    Chelyabinsk, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    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 currently an...  more
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    Ilya Kovalchuk

    Tver, Russia

    PositionLeft Wing

    NationalityRussia

    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 Hockey...  more
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    Vladimir Tarasenko

    Yaroslavl, Russia

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityRussia

    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 the...  more

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    Vladislav Tretiak

    Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityRussia

    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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    Sergei Zubov

    Moscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    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 Russian...  more
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    Vyacheslav Kozlov

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    PositionWinger

    NationalityRussia

    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 1997 and 1998...  more
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    Evgeny Kuznetsov

    Chelyabinsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    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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    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityRussia

    Nikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin ( (listen); Russian: Николай Александрович Хабибулин, IPA: [xəbʲɪˈbulʲɪn], born January 13, 1973) is a Russian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Known by the...  more
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    Alexei Yashin

    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    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) for the...  more
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    Andrei Markov

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityCanada, 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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    Dmitri Mironov

    Moscow, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    Dmitri Olegovich Mironov (Дмитрий Олегович Миронов; born December 25, 1965) is a Russian former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was drafted in the eighth round, 160th overall, by the Toronto...  more
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    Evgeni Nabokov

    Oskemen, Kazakhstan

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityRussia

    Yevgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Набо́ков; born July 25, 1975), usually transliterated as Evgeni Nabokov, is a Kazakhstani-Russian retired professional ice hockey goaltender...  more
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    Valeri Kamensky

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    NationalityRussia

    Valeri Viktorovich Kamenski (Russian: Валерий Викторович Каменский) (born 18 April 1966) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player....  more
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    Artemi Panarin

    Korkino, Russia
    Artemy Sergeyevich Panarin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He scored two goals in the final of 2011 World...  more
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List Rules: Vote up the greatest Russian-born hockey players ever to play in the NHL