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Two Russians and two Soviets. Which of our hockey players are eligible for the NHL Hall of Fame?

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Two Russians and two Soviets. Which of our hockey players are eligible for the NHL Hall of Fame?

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Mogilny was nominated 14 years ago, and Maltsev and Mikhailov never played in the North American league.

The next morning, June 22, a special commission from the NHL will meet in a regular meeting to determine the hockey players who will be inducted into the League’s Hall of Fame in 2023. Applicants for the right to induction include four Russians: Sergey Gonchar, Alexander Mogilny, Boris Mikhailov and Alexander Maltsev. This is almost half the total number of Russian players who entered the Hall in all previous years.

Complete list of candidates:

Four Russian players were inducted into the Hall of Fame shortlist in 2023

The first of them, in 1989, received honorary status from Vladislav Tretyak. The goalkeeper did not play a single match in the North American league, but this circumstance did not bother anyone – Tretiak’s contribution to the development of the game could not be underestimated.

The next Russian entered the famous company only in 2001. Vyacheslav Fetisov climbed the Enkhael ice more than 650 times and left it twice with the Stanley Cup.

He did not play in the NHL and Valery Kharlamov. However, in 2005, the members of the commission unanimously decided to induct him into the Hall of Fame. The Soviet striker became the seventeenth posthumously elected hockey player.

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In 2008, the name of Igor Larionov was added to the list. Despite the fact that the striker went abroad only at the age of 33, he managed to become a true Detroit legend. Along with the Red Wings, Larionov won three Stanley Cups.

Igor Larionov

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There is not a single such victory in Pavel Bure’s collection, but in 2012 he joined Larionov and other stars. One could hardly expect anything else: Bure, nicknamed the Russian Rocket for his phenomenal speed, remains one of the few players to finish his career averaging more than one point per game.

Another representative of the unique version of Detroit, Sergei Fedorov, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. He was the first Russian to reach the 1000-point mark in regular championships and, like Larionov, reached the top of Enkhael on three occasions.

Sergei Makarov’s North American career lasted just six years, but this time it was enough to prove himself from the better side and, a season after Fedorov, fill the NHL Hall of Fame as well.

In June, Makarov celebrates a big anniversary:

Genius of all time. Makarov became a legend at CSKA and managed to light up in the NHL

Alexander Yakushev did not get to the best league in the world at all, but his role in world hockey was rated on the highest scale and in 2018 he was also included in the list of greats. A year later, Sergei Zubov received a pass into the Hall of Fame. He became the second Russian defender with a similar status. Zubov has played more than a thousand games in the North American league and his name is registered in two Stanley Cups. Sergey is perhaps the best defenseman in Dallas history and one of the most unusual among the Russians. A right-handed player with unlimited offensive potential, he is one of the top 20 defensemen in the NHL in all goals and assists.

Among the new candidates from Russia, the ratio is practically observed: there are three forwards for one defender. However, one should hardly expect the entry into the Hall of Fame of Sergei Gonchar, the only representative of the role of him. Foreign journalists consider the defender to be inconspicuous against the background of the competitors, noting that he never claimed the Norris Trophy.

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Alexander Mogilny is in a less unambiguous position. Russian pioneer in the NHL – for the third time among the nominees for entry into an elite club. In 2009 and 2013, the jury preferred other hockey players to him, and to some extent it is difficult to imagine that the striker will be “rolled” again.

Every third Russian player in the NHL Hall of Fame has no NHL experience. Therefore, the inclusion of Maltsev and Mikhailov does not seem at all like a utopia. The league doesn’t pick members based on age, but they certainly take that into account. Among the current candidates, only Maltsev, Mikhailov and Reggie Leach have crossed the 70-year mark; it would be very logical that at least one of them ends up in the Hall of Fame.

In addition, you can bet money that one of the goalkeepers will have privileges – there are more than ever among the winners, six at once. The status of favorite in the goalkeeping race is assigned to Henrik Lundqvist, but on the other hand, Chris Osgood has three Stanley Cups.

Probably one of the three forwards Rod Brindamore – Patrik Eliash – Henrik Zetterberg will enter the Hall of Fame. Everyone has at least one cup and a thousand glasses. The difference in level between these players is small, so it would be more natural for the first to go to the club to be the one who graduated first, that is, the current Carolina coach.

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