The Russian ice hockey team represents Russia in the international ice hockey, controlled by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia.
They are ranked second in the IIHF World Rankings obtaining 3675 points.
The Russian ice hockey has been contending internationally since 1993 that are enlisted with the IIHF and previously with the Soviet Union Hockey Federation.
They are still following a long tradition of Soviet hockey teams as composed typically of Russian players.
The Russian team replaced by the Unified Russian ice hockey team at the Commonwealth of Independent team of the 1992 World Championships and the 1992 Winter Olympics.
The ice hockey Russia is one of the most victorious national ice hockey teams in the world and one of the strongest members of the “Big Six” along with Canada, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and the United States.
|(The Red Machine)|
|Association||Russian Hockey Federation|
|General Manager||Andrei Safronov|
|Head coach||Oleg Znarok|
|Most games||Maxim Sushinski|
|Most points||Alexei Morozov|
Russian Best Ice Hockey Players
In the list of best ice hockey player of Russia, some great Russian players names are comes regularly at this moment such as: Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladislav Tretiak, Alexander Mogilny, Pavel Bure, Valery Kharlamov, Igor Larionov, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Fedorov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk. The top three nominees for the Hart Memorial Trophy 2009 for the Russian team: Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, and Evgeni Malkin that is the most valuable player award in the NHL.
History of Russian Ice Hockey Team
The first Russian hockey games were played in 1930 when the former Soviet Union present. In 1946-47, their first Soviet ice hockey championships league was started. Dynamo Moscow was the first champions of the Soviet Union. From the next season, the Soviet championships league was made up of ten teams.
In 1952, Russia had joined with the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Soviet Union made their debut at the Ice Hockey World Championships after two year. Ice hockey Russia defeated Canada by 7-2 in the GMG and became a giant in the international hockey awaiting the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Hockey is now a most popular game in Russia. Russian top professional league is called the Kontinental Hockey League which is the strongest Hockey League in the world.
The league was formed out of the Russian Superleague and created a major league with the revealed intent of competing with the NHL. The 2nd level of hockey is the Vysshaya Liga, the Pervaya Liga is 3rd level and Vtoraya Liga is the 4th level of ice hockey of Russia.
Q: When hockey started at Russia?
A: The first time hockey game was played in Russia in 1930.
Q: How many players in hockey presently in Russia?
A: Currently, they have 84,720 Russian Ice Hockey players which is the 0.05% of their present population.