Team USSR # 7
Gennady Tsygankov belongs to group of the top ranking Soviet defense players of the 1970's. He was an extremely fast and fearless blueliner who never hesitated to block shots or to fight for a puck in the corners. As a team player, he always put team interests above his personal accomplishments. Tsygankov was a key penalty killer on the Team USSR roster. In the late 1960's, he was a part of the so-called "systema" (or "system", also known as “torpedo”) experiments by legendary coach Anatoly Tarasov. Needless to say, Gennady Tsygankov was the first defense partner of Slava Fetisov. Overall, Tsygankov was arguably one of the best team players in the Soviet hockey.
- Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA, SKA Khabarovsk, SKA Leningrad
- USSR Gold (9): 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1980
- WC Gold: 1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
- Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
- National Awards:
Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1972
PERFORMANCE IN THE 1972 SUMMIT
"What can we say about the performance of Tsygankov, one of our best scoring defensemen? He didn't score because he was too busy checking the Canadian forwards. "
Igor Kuperman, Soviet Sports Writer
|1972 Summit Overall Statistics