# 5, Team USSR 1974
Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: D Shoots:
Height: 6-00 Weight: 185
Born: 1/21/1945 in Balashikha, USSR
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
- USSR Elite League Clubs: Khimik, Spartak Moscow
- USSR Gold (1): 1976
- WC Gold: 1971, 1973-1975
- Olympics Gold: 1976
- Played in the Summit Series 72, Superseries 75-76, 76-77, 78-79
- National Awards:
Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1973
PERFORMANCE IN THE 1974 SUMMIT
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