"The most important goal in my hockey career was the first Soviet goal of the series. I only played two games but I shall always remember the red light shining behind Ken Dryden's back in the first period in Montreal."

Yevgeny Zimin

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: RW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-8
Weight: 163
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
Spartak Moscow

Yevgeny Zimin
Team USSR # 11

Evgeny Zimin was one of the most talented and promising Soviet forwards. At 21, he won the Olympics. At 22, he captured his second USSR gold with the Moscow Spartak that managed to challenge mighty CSKA powerhouse in the 1960ís. Zimin didnít have an impressive size but he established himself as a fast skater, slick puck carrier and a sound scorer. By 1972, he was a 2-time Olympic champion and one of the top guns of Team USSR. He is an author of the first goal scored by Team USSR in the Summit. Unfortunately, his career in the top level hockey wasnít long. Drafted to the Soviet Army, Zimin never played for the CSKA, the biggest rival team of his Spartak.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1964-1977 315 185
Team USSR 1965-1972 71 28


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Krylya Sovetov
  • USSR Gold (2): 1967, 1969
  • WC Gold: 1968-1971
  • Olympics Gold: 1968, 1972
  • National Awards:
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1968


"The first goal, scored by Yevgeny Zimin, inspired the Soviet players. It proved to them that they could score against the best NHL professionals. After his goal they scored again and again. The smallest player on the team had scored the biggest goal."

Igor Kuperman, Soviet Sports Writer

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
2 2 1 3 0 5 8 +1

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1111:40Goal 
Game 1314:29Goal 
Game 2305:53AssistPPG
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 2204:13Soviet Bench Minor
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