"We had always beaten them in the Olympics and world championships. I'd often heard that their best players were in the NHL and it bothered me that we weren't playing against them. The series proved finally that we were as good as they were."

Vladimir Lutchenko

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Ramenskoye, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Vladimir Lutchenko
Team USSR # 3

Vladimir Lutchenko is arguably one of the best defense players in the history of Soviet hockey. Lutchenko was notorious for his steady performance and unprecedented consistency throughout his career in hockey. He was well respected among his teammates and recognized as an extremely reliable player in both CSKA and the national team. Although he had a powerful slapshot, his strongest part was his brilliant performance in defense. Lutchenko set up the record for Soviet defense players when he scored 4 goals in a game against Sweden at the Izvestia Cup in 1975. His record still remains unbroken.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1966-1981 459 58
Team USSR 1967-1980 271 35


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA
  • USSR Gold (11): 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1981
  • WC Gold: 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
  • National Awards:
    USSR All Stars 1971-1977
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1970


"Vladimir Lutchenko played very well defensively. He showed that even against the Canadians a defenseman can use clean bodychecks effectively. He played the real style of Soviet hockey - smart, elecant and clean. "

Vladimir Dvorstov, TASS Agency

Vladimir Lutchenko was one of the best blueliners in the Series. On the scoring list, he was ranked 2nd among the Soviet defensemen and 3rd overall.

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 1 3 4 0 13 37 -3

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 4102:01Assist 
Game 4107:29Assist 
Game 7305:15AssistPPG
Game 8113:10Goal 
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
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