"Paul Henderson and I have a similar story. Neither of us was considered a great star before the series. Now hockey fans in the Soviet Union and Canada know our names. In later years, I became one of the great players on the national team. The series was a turning point in my career."

Alex Yakushev

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: LW
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 198
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
Spartak Moscow

Alexander Yakushev
Team USSR # 15

Nicknamed the “Big Yak”, Alexander Yakushev was one of the most famous hockey forwards of the 1970's. Although he had a very impressive size, his style was not based on intimidating opponents or physical dominance. In fact, Yakushev was a very clean player and a gentleman on and off the ice. He was highly respected by hockey professionals for his working ethics in both game and practice. Yakushev had a wickedly strong slapshot and was famous for his powerful strides that let him pass the defense lines of the best teams in the world. His name is on the list of top ranking Russian scorers of all time. Hockey experts frequently notice that his best career games was always against the Canadian professionals. Yakushev played in Spartak Moscow and was instrumental in its championships and rivalry against the mighty CSKA in the 1960's and 1970's. As a team player, Yakushev had a very special chemistry with his line partner Vladimir Shadrin and, in various times, with either Alex Martynyuk or Valery Shalimov. After retiring from hockey, Yakushev coached Spartak Moscow and, briefly, Team USSR.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1963-1980 568 339
Team USSR 1965-1977 201 145


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: Spartak Moscow
  • USSR Gold (3): 1967, 1969, 1976
  • WC Gold: 1967, 1969-1970, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
  • National Awards:
    USSR All Stars 1976
    Scoring Leader (G) 1974
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1970
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Forward 1975
    IIHF All Stars 1974, 1975


"Before the series one Soviet hockey observer returned fron Canada with the overwhelming impression that Peter Mahovlich looked like Alexander Yakushev. This other impression was that the Canadian was a much better player. Now we know who is better. "

Dmitri Ryzhkov, The Soviet Sport

Alexander Yakushev was the leading scorer of the Team USSR in the Series trailing Phil Esposito by only one point in the overall scoring. He showed an outstanding performance in the Summit and earned praising reviews from hockey experts.

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 7 4 11 4 21 48 +5

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1111:40Assist 
Game 1318:37Goal 
Game 2305:53GoalPPG
Game 4311:05Assist 
Game 5309:05Assist 
Game 6201:12Assist 
Game 6217:11GoalPPG
Game 7110:17Goal 
Game 7305:15GoalPPG
Game 8103:34GoalPPG
Game 8211:43Goal 
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 1107:04tripping
Game 5315:48hooking
- Game Summaries -