The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

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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
    1
    Moscow, Russia
    • Position: Left Wing
  • Sergei Fedorov
    2
    Pskov, Russia
    • Position: Centerman, Defenseman
  • Pavel Datsyuk
    3
    Yekaterinburg, Russia
    • Position: Centerman
  • Nikita Kucherov
    4
    Maykop, Russia
    • Position: Forward
  • Evgeni Malkin
    5
    Magnitogorsk, Russia
    • Position: Centerman
  • Pavel Bure
    6
    Moscow, Russia
    • Igor Larionov
      7
      Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
      • Position: Centerman
    • Alexei Kovalev
      8
      Tolyatti, Russia
      • Sergei Gonchar
        9
        Chelyabinsk, Russia
        • Position: Defenseman
      • Alexander Mogilny
        10
        Khabarovsk, Russia
        • Vladimir Konstantinov
          11
          Murmansk, Russia
          • Position: Defenseman
        • Evgeny Kuznetsov
          12
          Chelyabinsk, Russia
          • Vladimir Tarasenko
            13
            Yaroslavl, Russia
            • Position: Right wing
          • Sergei Zubov
            14
            Moscow, Russia
            • Vyacheslav Kozlov
              15
              Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
              • Position: Winger
            • Viacheslav Fetisov
              16
              Moscow, Russia
              • Position: Defenseman
            • Ilya Kovalchuk
              17
              Tver, Russia
              • Position: Left Wing
            • Artemi Panarin
              18
              Korkino, Russia
              • Position: Left wing
            • Vladislav Tretiak
              19
              Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast
              • Position: Goaltender
            • Nikolai Khabibulin
              20
              Yekaterinburg, Russia
              • Position: Goaltender
            • Andrei Markov
              21
              Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
              • Position: Defenseman
            • Evgeni Nabokov
              22
              Oskemen, Kazakhstan
              • Position: Goaltender
            • Boris Mikhailov
              23
              Moscow, Russia
              • Valeri Kamensky
                24
                Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
                • Alexei Yashin
                  25
                  Yekaterinburg, Russia
                  • Position: Centerman