The Summit in 1974

Club 1974:
Spartak Moscow

Yuri Liapkin
# 5, Team USSR 1974

Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: D  Shoots: Right
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
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1964-79 354 126
Team USSR 1968-76 127 18


- 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


GP Goals Assists Points PIM
5 0 0 0 2

  Penalties History
Game 1204:24crosschecking




The Summit in 1974