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The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

Updated February 4, 2020 11.9k votes 1.4k voters 16.3k 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 Fedorov1
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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...  more
  • Alexander Ovechkin2
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    Alexander Ovechkin

    Moscow, Russia

    PositionLeft Wing

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr...  more
  • Pavel Datsyuk3
    534
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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk (Па́вел Вале́рьевич Дацю́к, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ dɐˈtsuk]; born 20 July...  more
  • Evgeni Malkin4
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    Evgeni Malkin

    Magnitogorsk, Russia

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin (Russian: Евге́ний Влади́мирович Ма́лкин, IPA: [jɪvˈɡʲenʲɪj...  more
  • Igor Larionov5
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    Igor Larionov

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    Igor Nikolayevich Larionov (Russian: Игорь Николаевич Ларионов; born 3 December 1960) is a...  more
  • Alexander Mogilny6
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    86

    Alexander Mogilny

    Khabarovsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Gennadevich Mogilny (Russian: Александр Геннадиевич Могильный; born February 18,...  more
  • Pavel Bure7
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    Pavel Bure

    Moscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Па́вел Влади́мирович Буре́, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ bʊˈrɛ]; born...  more
  • Nikita Kucherov8
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    76

    Nikita Kucherov

    Maykop, Russia

    PositionForward

    NationalityRussia

    Nikita Igorevich Kucherov (Russian: Никита Игоревич Кучеров; born 17 June 1993) is a Russian...  more

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  • Alexei Kovalev9
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    Alexei Kovalev

    Tolyatti, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexei Vyacheslavovich Kovalev (Russian: Алексей Вячеславович Ковалёв, Russian pronunciation:...  more
  • Vladimir Konstantinov10
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    79

    Vladimir Konstantinov

    Murmansk, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    Vladimir Nikolaevich Konstantinov (Russian: Владимир Николаевич Константинов; born March 19,...  more
  • Viacheslav Fetisov11
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    145

    Viacheslav Fetisov

    Moscow, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    Viacheslav Alexandrovich "Slava" Fetisov (Russian: Вячеслав Александрович Фетисов, Vjačeslav...  more
  • Sergei Gonchar12
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    77

    Sergei Gonchar

    Chelyabinsk, Russia

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityRussia

    Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar (Russian: Серге́й Ви́кторович Гонча́р, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej...  more
  • Vladimir Tarasenko13
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    Vladimir Tarasenko

    Yaroslavl, Russia

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityRussia

    Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born 13 December...  more

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  • Ilya Kovalchuk14
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    Ilya Kovalchuk

    Tver, Russia

    PositionLeft Wing

    NationalityRussia

    Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk (Russian: Илья Валерьевич Ковальчук; born April 15, 1983) is a...  more
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov15
    160
    54

    Evgeny Kuznetsov

    Chelyabinsk, Russia
    Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Кузнецов; born 19 May 1992) is a...  more
  • Sergei Zubov16
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    80

    Sergei Zubov

    Moscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov (Russian: Сергей Зубов; born 22 July 1970) is the current head...  more
  • Vladislav Tretiak17
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    Vladislav Tretiak

    Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityRussia

    Vladislav Aleksandrovich Tretiak, MSM (Russian: Владисла́в Алекса́ндрович Третья́к, IPA:...  more
  • Vyacheslav Kozlov18
    127
    57

    Vyacheslav Kozlov

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    PositionWinger

    NationalityRussia

    Vyacheslav Anatolevich "Slava" Kozlov (Russian: Вячеслав Анатольевич Козлов; born May 3, 1972)...  more
  • Nikolai Khabibulin19
    116
    73

    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityRussia

    Nikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin ( (listen); Russian: Николай Александрович Хабибулин, IPA:...  more
  • Alexei Yashin20
    101
    83

    Alexei Yashin

    Yekaterinburg, Russia

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityRussia

    Alexei Valeryevich Yashin (Russian: Алексей Валерьевич Яшин; born 5 November 1973) is a...  more
  • Evgeni Nabokov21
    107
    82

    Evgeni Nabokov

    Oskemen, Kazakhstan

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityRussia

    Yevgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Набо́ков; born July 25, 1975),...  more
  • Andrei Markov22
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    60

    Andrei Markov

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityCanada, Russia

    Andrei or Andrey Markov may refer to: Andrey Markov (1856–1922), Russian...  more
  • Valeri Kamensky23
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    Valeri Kamensky

    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast

    NationalityRussia

    Valeri Viktorovich Kamenski (Russian: Валерий Викторович Каменский) (born 18 April 1966) is a...  more
  • Alexander Semin24
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    Alexander Semin

    Krasnoyarsk, Russia

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Valeryevich Semin (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Сёмин, Russian pronunciation:...  more
  • Artemi Panarin25
    25
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    Artemi Panarin

    Korkino, Russia
    Artemy Sergeyevich Panarin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for...  more