Vsevolod Bobrov (1922-1979),
USSR Merited Sports Master (ZMS SSSR, 1948),
USSR Merited Sports Coach (ZTR SSSR, 1967),
IIHF Hall of Fame (1997, players category).
Player's Career:
- Played as a Left Wing with the Red Army clubs (CDKA, CDSA, CSK MO, VVS) and scored 243 goals in 130 games in the USSR Elite Hockey League in 1947-1957
- USSR Gold 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956
- USSR Elite League Scoring Leader in 1948, 1951, 1952.
- World Championship Gold in 1954, 1956
- European Championship in 1954-1956
- Olympics Gold in 1956
- WC Best Forward (1954)
- WC Scoring Leader (1957)
- In Team USSR, scored 91 goals in 57 games
- Besides hockey, played in the USSR Soccer and Bandy Elite Leagues.
Coaching Career:
- VVS Head Coach in 1951-1953
- Spartak Moscow Head Coach in 1964-1967
- USSR Gold in 1967
- Team USSR Head Coach in 1972-1974
- WC Gold in 1973-1974
- European Championship Gold in 1973-1974
- Head Coach of VVS, CSKA, Chernomorets, Kairat in soccer.


Vsevolod (Seva) BOBROV is a legend of Russian sports. To say that he was "only" a great hockey athlete is to mention just a part of the phenomenon of Bobrov. His world class performance as a star player in soccer, bandy and hockey arguably makes him one of the top sports personalities in the Soviet history. For people in Russia in the 1940's and 1950's, Bobrov was a household name. His talent, style and success made him the major attraction to the sports arena of that time. He was the only person who was the captain of the national team in both soccer and hockey.

Bobrov was a pioneer of the Russian hockey. He was a star of the first Soviet Championships and averaged well above one goal per game in these tournaments. In 1954, the Soviet hockey team made its smashing international debut at the World Championship in Stockholm. Led by its legendary captain Bobrov, the team won the gold and Bobrov earned the Best Forward Award. Bobrov was already 32 at that time. In 1956, Bobrov and Team USSR won the Olympics. His age and many career-ending injuries didn't allow him to enjoy too many seasons with the Soviet team on the international arena.

It's a common observation that a very few outstanding sportsmen manage to become outstanding coaches. Bobrov became a great soccer and hockey coach. Ironically for a person who played most of his career with the Red Army clubs, Bobrov became a coach of the CSKA's rivalry. He brought the Moscow Spartak to several National Championships in the years when it was unthinkable to challenge the Red Army club. Alexander Yakushev, Vladimir Shadrin, Yevgeny Zimin, Alexaner Martyniuk - those are just a few Team USSR players that graduated from Bobrov's Spartak.

Bobrov was appointed the head coach of the national team when his former linemate, legendary Anatoly Tarasov, made a sensational decision to retire from the Team USSR after the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo. Unlike his famous predecessor, Bobrov was not a dictatorial coach. A former player with strong individual skills, he preferred to neither force players into a strict hockey schema nor intimidate them with the mastery of psychological trickery used quiet often by Tarasov. As noted by eyewitnesses, Bobrov always treated his players with respect and supported their independent thinking.

The reason of his departure from coaching Team USSR in 1974 remains a mystery of the Soviet hockey. Coaches usually resign after a major competition flop. Bobrov left after winning World Championship in Finland. The story says that Team USSR was losing to Czechoslovakia. In the second intermission, the top Soviet official entered the locker room where Bobrov was outlining the plan of a comeback in the third period. Bobrov turned to the intruder and just said:

"Close the door. From the outside, please."

The official turned red and left the room. Team USSR won. Bobrov had to go too. Disobedience to the system could not be forgiven even to the champions.