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The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

Updated February 4, 2020 11.5k 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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  • 1
    Moscow, Russia
    672
    177

    PositionLeft Wing

    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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  • 2
    Yekaterinburg, Russia
    504
    187

    PositionCenterman

    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
  • 3
    Pskov, Russia
    504
    118

    PositionCenterman, Defenseman

    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
  • 4
    Moscow, Russia
    423
    214
    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
  • 5
    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast
    256
    104

    PositionCenterman

    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
  • 6
    Magnitogorsk, Russia
    402
    206

    PositionCenterman

    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
  • 7
    Khabarovsk, Russia
    212
    87
    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
  • 8
    Paul Phillippe addedMaykop, Russia
    263
    81

    PositionForward

    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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  • 9
    Murmansk, Russia
    186
    76

    PositionDefenseman

    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
  • 10
    Moscow, Russia
    231
    129

    PositionDefenseman

    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
  • 11
    Tolyatti, Russia
    176
    70
    Alexei Vyacheslavovich Kovalev (Russian: Алексей Вячеславович Ковалёв, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej vʲɪtɕɪˈsɫavəvʲɪtɕ kəvɐˈlʲɵf]; born February 24, 1973) is a Russian professional ice hockey...  more
  • 12
    Tver, Russia
    227
    138

    PositionLeft Wing

    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
  • 13
    Paul Phillippe addedYaroslavl, Russia
    206
    100

    PositionRight wing

    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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  • 14
    Chelyabinsk, Russia
    161
    71

    PositionDefenseman

    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
  • 15
    Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast
    218
    137

    PositionGoaltender

    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
  • 16
    Moscow, Russia
    143
    74
    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
  • 17
    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast
    133
    55

    PositionWinger

    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
  • 18
    Stephen Ruane addedChelyabinsk, Russia
    146
    60
    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
  • 19
    Yekaterinburg, Russia
    112
    71

    PositionGoaltender

    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
  • 20
    Yekaterinburg, Russia
    93
    87

    PositionCenterman

    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
  • 21
    Oskemen, Kazakhstan
    98
    75

    PositionGoaltender

    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
  • 22
    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast
    98
    62

    PositionDefenseman

    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
  • 23
    jjussi addedKorkino, Russia
    45
    10
    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
  • 24
    Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast
    67
    63
    Valeri Viktorovich Kamenski (Russian: Валерий Викторович Каменский) (born 18 April 1966) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player....  more
  • 25
    Krasnoyarsk, Russia
    77
    67

    PositionRight wing

    Alexander Valeryevich Semin (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Сёмин, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɵˈmʲin]; born 3 March 1984) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger who is currently signed...  more
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