"Sometimes I felt it was a real war on ice. We shook hands before and after the games, but I'm not sure it was the handshake of sportsmanship. We were hockey rivals and each of us wanted to show the world our superiority."

Boris Mikhailov

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: RW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-10
Weight: 169
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Boris Mikhailov
Team USSR # 13

Boris Mikhailov is one of the most remarkable Soviet hockey players. He was an essential part of a legendary first Mikhailov-Petrov-Kharlamov line. Unlike his partners, he wasn’t contributing with spectacular goals, flashy skating or slick 1-on-1 skills. However, it was Mikhailov who became the overall Soviet scoring leader. His record of 427 career goals remains unbeaten for over 20 years. Mikhailov wasn't recognized as an author of slick and effective goals but he scored the most. The majority of his goals came as the result of a hard and, sometimes, "dirty" work in front of the net and on the rebounds. Shortly after the 1972 Summit, he became a captain of both Team USSR and mighty CSKA for many years to come. Mikhailov was a definite leader of the Soviet team in the 1970's and there are no doubts about his key role in a successful performance of the Soviet team of that decade.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1965-1981 572 427
Team USSR 1967-1980 284 203


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA, Lokomotiv Moscow
  • USSR Gold (11): 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1981
  • WC Gold: 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
  • National Awards:
    MVP USSR League 1978
    USSR All Stars 1969, 1973-1975, 1977-1979
    Scoring Leader (G) 1975,1976, 1978
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1969
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Forward 1973, 1979
    IIHF All Stars 1973, 1979
    WC Scoring Leader 1974
    IIHF Hall of Fame 2000


"Mikhailov demonstrated the true Russian character. He was tough and skillful. He was a real example for all of our players."

Igor Kuperman, Soviet Sports Writer

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 3 2 5 9 25 45 -4

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1117:28AssistSHG
Game 1313:32Goal 
Game 4102:01Goal 
Game 4107:29Goal 
Game 4206:34Assist 
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 1115:11tripping
Game 7102:00tripping
Game 7304:26roughing major
- Game Summaries -