The Summit in 1974

      V A L E R Y   K H A R L A M O V 

- Played for CSKA Moscow and Team USSR
- USSR Gold (11): 1968, 1970-1973, 1975, 1977-1981
- WC Gold: 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1978-1979
- Olympics Gold: 1972, 1976
- Played in the Summit Series 72, Superseries 75-76, 76-77, 78-79, 79-80, Challenge Cup 79
- 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



Team CCCP InternationalA complete international hockey statistics of Valery Kharlamov and all legends of Soviet hockey by Team CCCP International










USSR 1970-1979: MVP of the Decade

 VALERY KHARLAMOV: The Soviet MVP of the Decade

Valery Kharlamov:

 January 14, 1948  Born in Moscow, USSR near the Sokol subway stop
 1962  Accepted to the CSKA Red Army youth hockey program
 March 1968  Won his 1st USSR Gold with the CSKA
 Fall 1968  Assigned to play with Boris Mikhailov, RW and Vladimir Petrov, C on the line to become one of all-time best
 December 1968  1st game for the Team USSR
 January 19, 1969  Scored his 1st goal for the Team USSR vs. Canada
 March 1969  1st game at the WC in Stockholm (03.15.69); 1st goal at the WC vs Sweden (03.16.69); won 1st WC Gold (03.30.69); received Soviet ZMS title (Russian Hall of Fame)
 September 1969  Won his 1st European Champions Cup with CSKA
 March 8, 1971  Scored his 1st hat-trick with the Team USSR in the exhibition game vs. Finland
 April 1971  Won his 1st USSR Elite League Best Sniper Award and elected to the USSR All Stars
 February 5 , 1972  Hat trick vs. Finland in his 1st game at the Olympics (05.02.72); 1st Olympics Gold (13.02.72); won the IIHF Best Scorer Award (16 pts)
 April 1972  Elected to his 1st IIHF All Stars (WC'72)
 June 1972  Won 1972 USSR MVP Award
 September 2, 1972  Scored 2 goals vs NHL pros in the legendary USSR vs Canada Summit Series
 June 1973  Won 1973 USSR MVP Award
 December 1973  Top 10 Best USSR Sports Personalities
 December 1975  1st Superseries with the CSKA vs NHL clubs
 February 14, 1976  Scored the clutch goal vs. Czechoslovakia (4-3) and won his 2nd Olympics Gold
 Spring 1976  Won IIHF Best Forward Award and All Stars at the WC'76;1st car accident
 November 16, 1976  Played his 1st post-accident USSR Elite League game vs. Krylya Sovetov
 December 16, 1976  1st post-accident game for the Team USSR, hat trick vs Sweden at the Izvestia Cup
 June 1978  Won his last (7th) USSR All Stars Award
 April 1979  Won his last (8th) WC Gold
 May 1981  Won his last (11th) USSR Gold
 August 5-9, 1981  Won his last tournament (European Champions Cup, Best Scorer)
 August 18, 1981  Last game for the Team USSR vs Finland in Helsinki
 August 27, 1981  Tragic life-ending accident on Leningrad-Moscow Route

On the 73rd kilometer of a busy Moscow-St. Petersburg highway, there is a memorial stone that says

"The star of Russian hockey
  had fallen down here

Built by a hockey fan who wished to remain anonymous, the monument marks the place where the greatest legend of Russian hockey, Valery Kharlamov died in a car accident on August 17, 1981. He was 33.

Russian hockey brought many names that became world hockey legends. Kharlamov was a legend among the legends of Russian hockey. He was a true genious of the game. Not only that he dominated the game in the 1970s, he became a truly inspirational pesonality for generations of Russian players.

The magnitude of his personality and his impact on Russian players and fans goes well beyond his life span. One of the top NHL prospects from Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk wasn't even born when Kharlamov's life was suddenly abrupted in that tragic accident in 1981. The biggest honor in his life was to wear Kharlamov's number 17 on his jersey at the 2002 Olympics.

What Kharlamov did on the ice wasn't something that one can learn from a hockey school or a book. It was a God given gift. Many of his moves captured on film became classics of the world hockey.

"I love to play beautifully", once said camera-shy Kharlamov about his style in a media interview. The goals that he scored belonged rather to a poetry book than to a business manual. His moves on the ice weren't precalculated "Red Machine" patterns but rather truly amazing moves of a hockey genious. In all their beauty and unpredictability, those were his moves. I doubt that they could have been repeated or reenacted by anyone.

Unlike Wayne Gretzky in Canada, Kharlamov wasn't a record breaker. In fact, some of his teammates scored more in their careers. There were faster skaters. There were players with more powerful slapshots. And, of course, there were many players that were much better than Kharlamov in their own zone. Kharlamov's phenomen wasn't about just numbers or statistics. He wasn't a universal player but a unique one.

The secret of Kharlamov goals can't be figured out in a frame-by-frame replay on a tape. The father of Russian hockey, legendary Anatoly Tarasov once outlined the key components of the game,
the three speeds of hockey - the speed of moving, the speed of reflexes and the speed of thinking. Kharlamov's play was a perfect match of all three blended with the magic of his personality.

The Summit is 1974 project is proud to name Valery Kharlamov the Most Valuable Soviet Player of the Decade. He played with Vladislav Tretiak and Alexander Maltsev, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov. He scored magnificent goals to Ken Dryden and Tony Esposito, Jiri Holecek and Gerry Cheevers. Legends of world hockey, Bobby Hull and Vladimir Martinec, Phil Esposito and Borje Salming, Ivan Hlinka and Gordy Howe eyewitnessed Kharlamov's magic when he played against their teams. By all means he was one of the game dominators and the brightest star on the Red Army and Team USSR roster of the 1970s.

To name only a few, his goals in both '72 and '74 USSR vs. Canada Summits, game winning goal in the '76 Olympics final game belongs to the world hockey classics. His comeback after a career ending accident in 1976 was a miracle. The accident on August 27, 1981 was a national tragedy in Russia. Kharlamov is no longer with us but his legacy and his impact on hockey players and fans go well beyond his life time.




The Summit in 1974