"I remember the opening faceoff. I knew this faceoff was symbolic. I didn't know why, but I really wanted to win it. At the last second, I decided not to fight for the puck. I thought it would look strange."

Vladimir Vikulov

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: RW
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-9
Weight: 176
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Vladimir Vikulov
Team USSR # 18

Vladimir Vikulov was an extremely skillful and creative forward with slick stick handling, impressive 1-on-1 techniques, rapid and accurate shots on goal and well-catered assists on goals scored by his partners. Many famous players enjoyed the opportunity to play in one line with Vikulov considered one of the best Soviet playmakers in the 1960's and 1970's. The list of his career linemates included such world class individuals as Anatoly Firsov and Victor Polupanov, Valery Kharlamov and Alexander Maltsev, Boris Alexandrov and Victor Zhluktov. Overall, Vikulov was arguably one of the classiest Soviet forwards.

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1964-1979 520 283
Team USSR 1965-1977 191 109


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA, SKA Leningrad
  • USSR Gold (12): 1964-1966, 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1979
  • WC Gold: 1966-1971, 1975
  • Olympics Gold: 1968, 1972
  • National Awards:
    USSR All Stars 1970-1972
    Scoring Leader (G) 1972
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1967
  • International Awards:
    IIHF All Stars 1971, 1972


"Vladimir Vikulov's winning goal in the first game in Moscow should have been historic. His goal almost guaranteed victory in the series. Everybody thought the same, including the Soviet players. Unfortunately, the Canadian players did not feel this way. They showed us that it's too early to celebrate victory. "

Oleg Spassky, Smena

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
6 2 1 3 6 8 20 -8

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 4213:52GoalGWG
Game 5314:46GoalGWG
Game 7116:27AssistPPG
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
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