"By Soviet standards I'd always been considered an offensive centerman. Phil Esposito and Bobby Clarke forced me to play a more defensive style. The experience made me a better all around player."

Vladimir Petrov

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: C
Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0
Weight: 187
Krasnogorsk, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Vladimir Petrov
Team USSR # 16

Vladimir Petrov obviously belongs to the list of the glorious centers in the Soviet hockey history. He was a vital playmaker of the legendary Mikhailov-Petrov-Kharlamov line in Team USSR and Red Army Club. Petrov established himself as a sound 2-way forward. He was a very fine powerplay and penaltykilling player. His skill set included slick playmaking, incredible chemistry with his wings, top level 1-on-1 mastery and an extremely powerful and accurate splashot that led Petrov to many scoring titles. In defense, he was known for outstanding physical play equal to the level of the best Soviet blueliners.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1967-1980 553 370
Team USSR 1968-1981 278 189


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA, Krylya Sovetov
  • USSR Gold (11): 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1981
  • WC Gold: 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
  • National Awards:
    Scoring Leader (G) 1970, 1973, 1979
    Scoring Leader (PTS) 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1969
  • International Awards:
    IIHF All Stars 1973, 1977, 1979
    WC Scoring Leader 1973, 1977, 1979


"Our best center Vladimir Petrov was not very effective on offense. He took so much time firing his powerful slapshots that the Canadians had time to block them. Our best players have to learn to release their shots more quickly. That's one of the important lessons learned in the series. "

Lev Lebedev, Pravda

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 3 4 7 10 19 40 -6

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1117:28GoalSHG
Game 3103:15GoalSHG
Game 4102:01Assist 
Game 4107:29Assist 
Game 4206:34Assist 
Game 5303:34Assist 
Game 7116:27GoalPPG
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 3204:46interference
Game 4307:38holding
Game 8103:44hooking
Game 8109:46interference
Game 8315:24elbowing
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