"It turned out to be my worst nightmare. Now all these years later everyone knows that Paul Henderson scored when Yuri Liapkin gave up the puck."

Yuri Liapkin

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: D
Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Balashikha, USSR

Club 1972:
Khimik Voskresensk

Yuri Liapkin
Team USSR # 25

Yuri Liapkin had a reputation of one of the strongest and most reliable Soviet blueliners in the 1970's. A crafty stick handler and puck carrier, Liapkin had a relatively soft puck-moving style and, unlike many of his defense teammates, wasn't very impressive speed wise. His strongest parts were his amazing tactical sense of the game and mastery of hockey improvisation. Liapkin was a high scoring defenseman known for his accurate shooting and contribution into his team attacks. Arguably, one of the best moments in his career was when Shadrin, Tsygankov and Liapkin managed to kill a 2-man advantage in a key game against the Chechoslovakian squad and became the heroes of the 1976 Olympics.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1964-1979 354 104
Team USSR 1968-1976 127 18


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: Khimik, Spartak Moscow
  • USSR Gold (1): 1976
  • WC Gold: 1971, 1973-1975
  • Olympics Gold: 1976
  • National Awards:
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1973


"Liapkin will always be remembered as the defenseman who gave up the puck in his own zone with 34 seconds left in the series allowing Paul Henderson to score. "

Vladimir Dvorstov, TASS Agency

Despite his puck mishandling that led to the Henderson's goal, Yuri Liapkin was the highest scoring defense player among the blueliners of both teams. Overall, he was one of the best defensemen on the Team USSR 1972 roster.

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
6 1 5 6 0 15 34 +3

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 2305:53AssistPPG
Game 5309:05Assist 
Game 6201:12Goal 
Game 6217:11AssistPPG
Game 7110:17Assist 
Game 8103:34AssistPPG
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
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