Team USSR # 3
Vladimir Lutchenko is arguably one of the best defense players in the history of Soviet hockey. Lutchenko was notorious for his steady performance and unprecedented consistency throughout his career in hockey. He was well respected among his teammates and recognized as an extremely reliable player in both CSKA and the national team. Although he had a powerful slapshot, his strongest part was his brilliant performance in defense. Lutchenko set up the record for Soviet defense players when he scored 4 goals in a game against Sweden at the Izvestia Cup in 1975. His record still remains unbroken.
- Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA
- USSR Gold (11): 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1981
- WC Gold: 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
- Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
- National Awards:
USSR All Stars 1971-1977
Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1970
PERFORMANCE IN THE 1972 SUMMIT
"Vladimir Lutchenko played very well defensively. He showed that even against the Canadians a defenseman can use clean bodychecks effectively. He played the real style of Soviet hockey - smart, elecant and clean. "
Vladimir Dvorstov, TASS Agency
Vladimir Lutchenko was one of the best blueliners in the Series. On the scoring list, he was ranked 2nd among the Soviet defensemen and 3rd overall.
|1972 Summit Overall Statistics