"I am convinced that Bobby Clarke was given the job of taking me out of the game. Sometimes, I thought it was his only goal. I looked into his angry eyes, saw his stick which wielded like a sword, and didn't understand what he was doing. It had nothing to do with hockey."

Valeri Kharlamov

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: LW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-8
Weight: 165
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Valery Kharlamov
Team USSR # 17

Valery Kharlamov is a legend of Soviet hockey. He was an idol of several generations of Soviet players and fans. There were no people in Russia not fascinated with his magnificent hockey style. He was definitely one of the most talented players in the history of the game. Despite a relatively small size even by hockey standards of the 1970's, Kharlamov was an author of unforgettable 1-on-1 moves that left the best defense players in the world wondering how he managed to outsmart them. He had simply amazing skating and stick handling skills. But, he wasn't just a fast skater. He was able to constantly change the gears of his skating speed depending on his on-ice maneuvers. Being very creative and unpredictable on ice, Kharlamov was one of the major attractions to the game when he played hockey.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1968-1981 438 293
Team USSR 1968-1981 290 193


  • 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:
    MVP USSR League 1972
    USSR All Stars 1971-1976, 1978
    Scoring Leader (G) 1971
    Scoring Leader (PTS) 1972
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1969
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Forward 1976
    IIHF All Stars 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976
    IIHF Hall of Fame 1998


"All of us were impressed, but none of us wanted to let on. I've seldom seen anyone come down on two NHL defencemen and beat them to the outside, go around them and then in on the net. It just isn't done."

Harry Sinden, Team Canada Head Coach

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
7 3 4 7 16 17 33 0

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1202:40Goal 
Game 1210:18GoalGWG
Game 3212:56Goal 
Game 4213:52AssistGWG
Game 5311:41Assist 
Game 5314:46AssistGWG
Game 8113:10Assist 
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 1314:45highsticking
Game 2219:54misconduct
Game 5112:25slashing
Game 5205:38holding
- Game Summaries -