October 15th, 2015

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Q&A: Team USSR, 1972 Summit Series vs. 1980 Miracle On Ice

Team USSR in 1972

Team USSR in 1972

Team USSR in 1980

Team USSR in 1980


How many of the players from the Soviet team in 1972 also played for them in the 1980 Olympics?

Question by David to “The Summit in 1972

There were seven Soviet players that played both in the 1972 Summit Series and 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The team photos below show Team USSR rosters in both events:

Team USSR: 1972 Summit Series


Back row :

Valery Kharlamov, Yury Shatalov, Gennady Tsygankov, Vladimir Vikulov, Evgeny Zimin, Vyacheslav Solodukhin, Yury Lebedev, Vyacheslav Anisin, Alexander Maltsev.

2nd row :

Nikolay Karpov (coach), Alexander Martynyuk, Alexander Bodunov, Yury Blinov, Valery Vasilyev, Vladimir Shadrin, Yury Lyapkin, Boris Mikhailov, Alexander Gusev, Vladimir Astafyev, Evgeny Paladyev.

Front row :

Victor Zinger, Alexander Yakushev, Victor Kuzkin, Vyacheslav Starshinov, Vsevolod Bobrov (Head Coach), Alexander Ragulin, Evgeny Mishakov, Vladimir Petrov, Vladimir Lutchenko, Alexander Sidelnikov.

Team USSR: 1980 Winter Olympics


Back row :

Boris Mikhailov, Yury Lebedev, Sergey Starikov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, Vladimir Golikov, Vasily Pervukhin, Alexander Golikov, Alexander Maltsev, Alexander Skvortsov.

2nd row :

Valery Vasiliev, Vladimir Lutchenko, Alexey Kasatonov, Victor Zhluktov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Petrov, Sergey Babinov, Helmut Balderis.

Front row :

Vladimir Myshkin, Valery Kharlamov, Victor Tikhonov (Head Coach), Vladimir Krutov, Vladimir Yurzinov (coach), Sergey Makarov, Vladislav Tretyak.



The following players were on both tournaments:


Soviet defenceman Vladimir Lutchenko is present on both photos. However, the second photo was made at the last traiining camp in Moscow, February 1980 prior to when the final roster decision was made. Lutchenko wasn’t included into the national team that played at the Olympics in 1980.


Arthur Chidlovski


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Jacques Plante and Vladislav Tretyak in 1972


Jacques Plante came into our room with an interpreter and amazed us by sitting with me and explaining in

detail how I should play against the likes of Mahovlich, Esposito, Cournoyer and Henderson. I am still

puzzled by what motivated him to do that. I will always be very grateful to Jacques Plante, whose

suggestions helped me very much.

Vladislav Tretyak

One of many stories about the 1972 Summit Series describes how legendary Jacques Plante spoke to the Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretyak a few hours before the series started. Needless to say, that the 20-year old Soviet netminder Tretyak was expected to be the weakest part of the Russians and an easy target for Team Canada. So, it was super nice and generous that Mr. Plante talked to Tretyak before the game.

With all these said, I always wondered how much of this was true and helpful for Tretyak? What language did they speak in? For the Soviets of those times the top NHL names like Phil Esposito, Frank Mahovlich or Bobby Orr was pretty much meaningless. With the Iron Curtain on, the Canadian super stars were some guys from unknown planet.

And then I thought it will  really help with an hour or so before the game to know how to play against the opponents? Can one really make drastic changes within this short period of time?

Just recently I saw the picture of Jacques Plante and Vladislav Tretyak in Montreal prior to Game 1. They did talk!

Tretyak always wore a “bird cage” style of mask and legendary Montreal goalie showed him an old style mask.

Well. good thing Tretyak didn’t switch his mask style in the last moment before the Series started.

Or, perhaps, they were talking about Halloween celebrations in North America? ” :-)

Remember the hockey legends and have a great Halloween celebration!

Cheers to all!