Team USSR # 2
Alexander Gusev was considered one of the strongest Soviet blueliners in the 1970's. He was a graduate of the CSKA youth hockey program and spent most of this career playing in the Red Army Club. Being an exceptionally strong athlete, Gusev was an effective player at both ends of the ice quiet often showcasing mastery of physical game and bodychecking. He enjoyed the respect of hockey specialists for his wicked slapshot and hard-hitting style in defense.
- Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA, SKA Leningrad
- USSR Gold (8): 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1978
- WC Gold: 1973-1974
- National Awards:
Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1973
- International Awards:
IIHF All Stars 1973
PERFORMANCE IN THE 1972 SUMMIT
"Gusev couldn't intimidate the Canadians with bodychecks like he does Soviet players in league play. He came to lose confidence in himself. The agressiveness and never-quit attitude of the Canadian forwards shocked him. "
Vyacheslav Gavrilin, The Red Star
|1972 Summit Overall Statistics