Nickname(s) Большая Красная Машина (Big Red Machine)
Association Russian Hockey Federation
Head coach Flag of Russia Vyacheslav Bykov
Assistants Flag of Russia Igor Zakharkin
Captain Ilya Kovalchuk
Most games Maxim Sushinski (100)
Most points Maxim Sushinski (80)
IIHF ranking 1
Highest IIHF ranking 1 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF ranking 7 (2004)
Team colours               
First international
Flag of Russia 1991-1993 Russia 2–2 Sweden Flag of Sweden
(St. Petersburg, Russia; April 12, 1992)
Biggest win
Flag of Russia Russia 12–3 United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain
(Bolzano, Italy; April 26, 1994)
Flag of Russia Russia 10–1 Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan
(Riga, Latvia; May 7, 2006)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Finland Finland 7–1 Russia Flag of Russia
(Helsinki, Finland; April 22, 1997)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 7–1 Russia Flag of Russia
(Moscow, Russia; December 20, 1997)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 18 (first in 1992)
Best result Gold medal with cup 3 (1993, 2008, 2009)
Appearances 4 (first in 1994)
Medals Silver medal 1 (1998)
Bronze medal 1 (2002)
International record (W-L-T)
Olympic medal record
Olympic Games
Silver 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Team
World Championships medal record
World Championship
Gold 1993 Germany Russia
Silver 2002 Sweden Russia
Bronze 2005 Austria Russia
Bronze 2007 Russia Russia
Gold 2008 Canada Russia
Gold 2009 Switzerland Russia
Silver 2010 Germany Russia
Alexander Semin first goal in final 2008 IIHF World Championship

Alexander Semin's first goal in IIHF World Championship 2008 Final

Dmitry Medvedev 20 May 2008-2

President Dmitry Medvedev meets with the national hockey team

The Russian men's national ice hockey team is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world, rated number one in IIHF world rankings. It has been competing internationally since 1993 and follows a long tradition of Soviet Union team mostly composed of Russian players. The Russian team replaces the Unified Team of 1992. In 1991 and earlier, players competed with the Soviet Union national ice hockey team.

The Russian team has not been as dominant as the Soviet team, winning the gold in the World Championships three times in 18 years but it remains one of the top teams in the world. Russia finished 4th at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The team is controlled by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Russia has a total of 77,702 players, about 0.05% of its population. As of August 2006, their head coach is Vyacheslav "Slava" Bykov.

The top three nominees for the 2009 Hart Memorial Trophy (the most valuable player award in the National Hockey League) all play for the Russian team: Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, and Evgeni Malkin.


Olympic recordEdit

See also: Ice hockey at the Olympic Games
Russia men's hockey team 2002

The bronze medal winning Russian team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

  • 1994 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1998 - Won silver medal
  • 2002 - Won bronze medal
  • 2006 - Finished in 4th place

From 1956 to 1988, the Soviet Union national ice hockey team won seven gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal in nine appearances. The Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics also won the gold medal.

World Cup recordEdit

See also: World Cup of Hockey
  • 1996 - Lost semi-final
  • 2004 - Lost quarter-final

World Championship recordEdit

See also: List of IIHF World Championship tournaments
  • 1992 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1993 - Gold medal winner
  • 1994 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1995 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1996 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1997 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1998 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1999 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2000 - Finished in 11th place
  • 2001 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2002 - Silver medal winner
  • 2003 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2004 - Finished in 10th place
  • 2005 - Bronze medal winner
  • 2006 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2007 - Bronze medal winner
  • 2008 - Gold medal winner
  • 2009 - Gold medal winner

External linksEdit


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