"Maybe it is not being very humble, but I think the Canadians know now that Russians can hit the same way they can."

Valeri Vasiliev

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 187
Gorky, USSR

Club 1972:
Dynamo Moscow

Valery Vasiliev
Team USSR # 6

Many experts on Soviet hockey would name Valery Vasiliev as one of the most successful Russian players in the history of the game. Born in Gorky (Nizny Novgorod), Valery was brought to Dynamo Moscow in 1967 for his promising results in the junior teams. The young prospect impressed Moscow recruiters with his strength, skating skills and passing. Like his teammate Alexander Maltsev, Vasiliev spent his hockey career with Dynamo Moscow and, though he received plenty of gold medals and awards on the international level, he wasn’t able to capture gold in the USSR Championship. Vasiliev established himself as a flashy blueliner that loved to play physical game with effective and seemingly effortless bodychecking and impressive scoring results.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1967-1984 619 71
Team USSR 1970-1982 279 43


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: Dynamo Moscow
  • WC Gold: 1970, 1973-1975, 1978-1982
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
  • National Awards:
    USSR All Stars 1973-1979, 1981
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1973
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Defenceman 1973, 1977, 1979
    IIHF All Stars 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981


"We knew that Vasiliev was a rough and tough player. He had been criticized by the media for some 'dirty tricks'. But comparing him with Canadian players, he looked like one of the cleanest hitters in the world. "

Yuri Vanyat, Trud

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
6 1 2 3 6 5 17 +1

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 3214:59Assist 
Game 4311:05Assist 
Game 8216:44GoalPPG
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 3103:02elbowing
Game 6208:29roughing
Game 8304:27tripping
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