In memory of Valery Kharlamov


Today on the 14th of January, Soviet hockey legend and two time Olympic champion Valery Kharlamov would have turned 68 years old. Even people who generally aren't ice hockey fans know who he is, and he will forever be a large part of Soviet/Russian ice hockey history.

Kharlamov Valery Borisovich

Born on the 14th of January 1948 in Moscow.

Playing career:

Began skating when seven years old. Came through the HC CSKA Moscow system, debuted on the 22nd of October 1967

Played with CSKA until 1981

Two time Olympic champion (1972, 1976), silver Olympic medalist in 1980

Eight time world champion (1969—1971, 1973—1975, 1978—1979), silver medalist (in 1972 and 1976), and took 155 points from 105 World Championship matches

European champion (1969, 1970, 1973-1975, 1978 and 1979), silver medalist in 1971 and 1972, bronze medalist in 1976 and 1977

Eleven time USSR champion (1968, 1970—1973, 1975, 1977—1981), silver medalist in 1969, 1974 and 1976

Played in 438 USSR championship matches, took 293 goals

Five time USSR Cup winner

Was introduced to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1998

Became an honoured USSR Master of Sports in 1969

The number 17 has now been taken out of action for the Russian national team as a mark of respect.


Russian Ice Hockey Federation 

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