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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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Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk is a Russian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in the ...more
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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia
Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Prior to playing in the NHL, ...more
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Pavel Bure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia
Pavel Vladimirovich Bure is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey ...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 "Geno" Malkin is a Russian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He is known for his ...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 is a Russian retired ice hockey player, currently the general manager of CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. Fedorov played as centre in his career, also ...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 is a former goaltender for the Soviet Union's national ice hockey team. Considered to be one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the sport, he was ...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 is a retired Russian professional ice hockey defenseman. He played for HC CSKA Moscow for 13 seasons before joining the National Hockey League, ...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 is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He debuted in the Russian Superleague ...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 is a Russian agent and retired professional ice hockey player, known as The Professor. Along with Viacheslav Fetisov, he was instrumental in breaking the barrier that ...more
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Vladimir Tarasenko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Paul Phillippe added Vladimir Tarasenko Yaroslavl, Russia
Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Tarasenko has played for the Russian junior ...more
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Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Paul Phillippe added Nikita Kucherov Maykop, Russia
Nikita Igorevich Kucherov is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.
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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 is a former Russian professional ice hockey player, currently the general manager of Admiral Vladivostok of the Kontinental Hockey League. In the National Hockey ...more
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Vladimir Konstantinov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Murmansk, Russia
Vladimir Nikolaevich Konstantinov is a Russian-American retired professional ice hockey player who played his entire National Hockey League career with the Detroit Red Wings. Previously, he had ...more
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Sergei Zubov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia
Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov is a former Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League as well ...more
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Alexander Yakushev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
lnlap added Balashikha, Russia
Alexander Sergeyevich Yakushev is a former ice hockey player and coach for the Soviet Union. Born in Moscow, Soviet Union, Alexander Yakushev is best known to North American hockey fans as one ...more
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Alexander Radulov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
lnlap added Nizhny Tagil, Russia
Alexander Valerievich Radulov is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for CSKA of the Kontinental Hockey League. Radulov is second in KHL all-time scoring with 427 points, ...more
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Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Stephen Ruane added Chelyabinsk, Russia
Yevgeni Yevgenievich Kuznetsov is a Russian ice hockey winger who currently plays for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League. He previously played for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the ...more
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Darius Kasparaitis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Elektr─Śnai, Lithuania
Darius Kasparaitis is a retired Lithuanian professional ice hockey defenceman. He mainly played in the National Hockey League.
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Sergei Gonchar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar is a Russian professional ice hockey playern currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Washington ...more
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Alexei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Tolyatti, Russia
Alexei Vyacheslavovich "Alex" Kovalyov is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger who last played for EHC Visp of Switzerland's National League B. During his career he ...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, more commonly written as Evgeni Nabokov, is a Kazakhstani-Russian retired professional ice hockey goaltender of the National Hockey League. Nabokov was selected ...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 Ivanovich Khabibulin is a Russian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He is known by his nickname The Bulin Wall He previously played for the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, ...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 is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger, who is currently playing for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League. Kozlov is a ...more
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Alexei Zhamnov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Moscow, Russia
Alexei Yuryevich "Alex" Zhamnov is a Russian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for the Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia ...more
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Alexei Yashin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Alexei Valeryevich Yashin is a Russian former professional ice hockey centerman who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders. He also ...more