"It was a beautiful summer, I was supposed to get married but I had to postpone the wedding three times and it wasn't easy. There were lots of other guys who wanted to marry my wife too. We were married on August 23rd. Two days later, I was back in training and a day after that the team left for Canada. I tell people I spent my honeymoon with Canadian hockey players."

Vladislav Tretiak

Team Rosters: U.S.S.R.

Position: G
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 187
Moscow, USSR

Club 1972:
CSKA Moscow

Vladislav Tretiak
Team USSR # 20

Vladislav Tretiak is one of the best goalies in the history of world hockey. At the age of 18, he won his first gold at the World Championship in 1970 and remained top ranked Soviet goalie until his retirement in 1984. Being an extremely gifted athlete, Tretiak was a classy goaltender with an amazing consistency in virtually every game he played for his Red Army Club and Team USSR. Besides his impressive performance in competitions, he was famous for his great ethics and hard work in training. Tretiak was respected by all hockey opponents he had to play against. Despite numerous offers, he never got a chance to play in the NHL. Tretiak was the first Soviet player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto (1989).

Career Statistics
Competitions Years GP G
USSR League 1968-1984 482 0
Team USSR 1969-1984 290 0


  • Played in the following clubs of the USSR Elite League: CSKA
  • USSR Gold (13): 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1984
  • WC Gold: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1983
  • Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976, 1984
  • National Awards:
    MVP USSR League 1974-1976, 1981, 1983
    USSR All Stars 1971-84
    Merited Sports Master (USSR ZMS) 1971
  • International Awards:
    WC Best Goalie 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983
    IIHF All Stars 1975, 1979, 1983
    IIHF Hall of Fame 1997
    NHL Hall of Fame 1989


"The Canadian scouts thought the 20-year-old goalie was very weak. They saw him in an exhibition game where he allowed eight goals. No one told them that he had been married the day before."

Vladimir Pakhomov, Soviet Sports Writer

Vladislav Tretiak was arguably one of the best players of the 1972 Summit. He played all 8 games (31 goals against, 3.87 average.) Tretiak was only 20 at the time of the Series. His outstanding performance earned him a great deal of respect among the North American players. In 1989, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Toronto.

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
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Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
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