THE HISTORY OF SOVIET HOCKEY (How It All Started)
After World War II, Anatoli Tarasov was asked to put together a
hockey program from scratch.
It was his ideals and philosophies that shaped the Russian game
into what it is today- fast, graceful, non-individualistic, ice hockey.
Before hockey, the most popular ice sport in Russia and the Soviet Union was
Bandy, a sport similar to field hockey. The Russian style of hockey, with its
emphasis on skating skill, offense and passing, is still heavily influenced by
The Soviets were the most dominant teams of all time in international play.
The team won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament
between 1954 and 1991 held by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
The Soviet Development Program (An Organized Approach)
In 1935-1936, the first sports schools were opened in Moscow, Leningrad and other cities of
the USSR; they were created and functioned on the basis of regulations, approved by the
Central Soviet of Sports Societies and Organizations of the USSR.
Sports schools like Dynamo Moscow, Red Army, Spartak, Soviet Wings, etc… were developed
by government funding and sports programs developed by scientific research.
Children who wish to play sports and prove good enough, are first placed in general sports schools
where they play all sports.
When a child excels in a specific sport, for example ice hockey, they then are then placed in hockey
specific programs at sports schools like Dynamo Moscow, Red Army, Spartak, Soviet Wings
By 1971 there were 3,813 sports schools in the USSR, with some 1.3 million children and
youth training in sports schools in the former USSR.
By 1991, some 6,000 sports schools functioned in the former USSR.
The Results Of Organization And Proper Training
The IIHF Team of the Century included four Soviet players out of a team of six. The team was selected by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.
Goalie Vladislav Tretiak Defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov Forward Valeri KharlamovForward Sergei Makarov
Soviet Olympic Hockey Record
The Soviet team's Olympic record was 62-6-2 (win-loss-tie) through 1956-1992. They scored 467 goals and gave up 127 goals. That averaged 6.67 goals per game and 1.81 goals given up.
Soviet World Championships Record