"Everybody told me Yvan Cournoyer was faster. He was very fast. I remember many great skating duels with him. Fortunately, hockey is not just skating."

Alexander Maltsev

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: RW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-9
Weight: 174
Kirovo-Chepetsk, USSR

Club 1972:
Dynamo Moscow

Alexander Maltsev
Team USSR # 10

Alexander Malstev is one of the brightest stars in the history of Soviet and international hockey. Throughout his hockey career, Maltsev was an advocate of the so-called "creative hockey". His talents included fascinating 1-on-1 skills and uncanny puck handling, very stylish and speedy skating, fast decision making on ice and incredible tactical sense of the game. He was a master of magnificent improvisations on ice. Being very strong individually, Maltsev was also a team player. He was famous for being able to play successfully in any forward position based on the needs of the national team.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1967-1983 529 329
Team USSR 1968-1982 301 212


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: Dynamo Moscow
  • WC Gold: 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
  • National Awards:
    MVP USSR League 1972
    USSR All Stars 1970-1972, 1974, 1978, 1980-1981
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1971
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Forward 1970, 1972, 1981
    IIHF All Stars 1970-1972, 1978, 1981
    WC Scoring Leader 1970, 1972
    IIHF Hall of Fame 1999


"Alexander Maltsev's playe was disappointing and the reason was clear. He seemed intimidated by strong bodychecks delivered by the Canadians."

Yuri Vanyat, Trud

"And number ten, who was that? Oh yeah, Maltsev. He was a smooth athlete, very smooth stride, he moved the puck well."

Pat Stapleton, Team Canada 1972

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 0 5 5 0 32 57 -6

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1202:40Assist 
Game 1210:18AssistGWG
Game 4213:52AssistGWG
Game 7305:15AssistPPG
Game 8103:34AssistPPG
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
- Game Summaries -