The Summit in 1974

Club 1974:
Krylya Sovetov Moscow

Alexander Sidelnikov
# 1, Team USSR 1974

Club: Krylya Sovetov Moscow
Position: G  Shoots: Left
Height: 5-09 Weight: 180
Born: 8/12/1950 in Moscow, USSR

Alexander Sidelnikov was one of the top Soviet elite goalies of the 1970s. Like many other Soviet goalies of that time, he was destined to be overshadowed by a sensational career performance of legendary Vladislav Tretiak. On the national team level, Sidelnikov served as Tretiak's back-up from 1972 to 1977.

Sidelnikov began to play hockey with the Krylya Sovetov Moscow youth program in 1963. Interestingly enough, he initially played as forward. In 1967, he joined the Krylya Sovetov club in the elite league and it became his career team till his retirement from playing hockey in 1984. As the main golatender of this team, he won the USSR championship and Cup in 1974.

As Tretiak's back-up goalie, Sidelnikov won the world titles in 1973 and 1974 and the Winter Olympics in 1976. His international experience also included playing for the Krylya Sovetov in the North American Superseries in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1978-79.

In the 1972 Summit, Sidelnikov's role was limited to backing up Tretiak in the Moscow part of the Series. Unlike in 1972, the Soviet coaches assigned him to play in Game 8 in Moscow. Although the game had no impact on the overall Series' result, Sidelnikov proved that he can be a reliable replacement for Tretiak.

Throughout his career, Sidelnikov was known for his good conditioning, quick reflexes, fast decision making and good anticipation of the opponent's moves. After the '76 Winter Olympics, Sidelnikov was inducted into the Russian Hall of Fame.


  Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1968-84 406 0
Team USSR 1972-77 36 0


- USSR Elite League Clubs: Krylya Sovetov Moscow
- USSR Gold (1): 1974
- WC Gold: 1973-1975
- Played in the Superseries 75-76, 76-77, 78-79
- National Awards:
Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1976


GP Goals Assists Points PIM
1 0 0 0 0




The Summit in 1974