"The coaches gave me the unenviable task of covering Phil Esposito. He was a different kind of center for me - very big, strong, always in the slot. Ours was a battle of two huge bears."

Alexander Ragulin

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 218
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Alexander Ragulin
Team USSR # 5

A 3-time Olympic champion, Alexander Ragulin established himself as one of the best defensemen that represented Soviets on the international level. Despite his size and strength, Ragulin's style was not based on playing a physical hockey. He was an established organizer of both defensive and offensive team efforts and had excellent tactical and puck handling skills. Due to his amazing sense of hockey, he was famous for a quick and accurate one-timer from the defense zone sending his teammates into a counter-attack. His powerful slapshot also led to numerous goals and assists on his scoring list.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1957-1973 427 60
Team USSR 1961-1973 232 29


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA, Khimik Voskresensk
  • USSR Gold (9): 1963-1966, 1968, 1970-1973
  • WC Gold: 1963-1971, 1973
  • Olympics Gold: 1964, 1968, 1972
  • National Awards:
    USSR All Stars 1961-1964, 1966-1969, 1972
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1963
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Defenceman 1966
    IIHF All Stars 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967
    IIHF Hall of Fame 1997


"Alexander Ragulin always felt uncomfortable when writers asked him if he could play aginst the NHL professionals. Now we know without any doubt Ragulin could play in the NHL. He proved it in the whole series. "

Igor Kuperman, Soviet sports writer

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
6 0 1 1 4 4 14 -2

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 5311:41Assist 
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 1105:19tripping
Game 6202:09interference
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