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Alexander Yakushev

Born:January 2, 1947Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Moscow, RussiaPosition:Left Wing
Known For:Hall of FameShoots:Left
National Team:Soviet UnionCurrent Team:

Alexander Sergeyevich Yakushev (born January 2, 1947) is a former ice hockey player and coach for the Soviet Union.

Born in Moscow, Soviet Union, Alexander Yakushev is best known to North American hockey fans as one of the stars for the Soviet team that played Team Canada in the famous 1972 Summit Series. His style of play was atypical of his colleagues who were fast and skilled; he was often described as the equivalent of Canada’s Phil Esposito. Although often overshadowed by his famous teammate Valeri Kharlamov, by the end of the Summit Series, Yakushev led the Soviets in scoring with 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points. Besides the Summit Series, he has also played in numerous Olympic and World Championship tournaments, winning Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976 and having been crowned World Champion seven times.

After retiring from hockey, Yakushev coached Spartak Moscow for several years and between 1998 and 2000 the Russian national team. On June 26, 2018, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame November 12, 2018, joining fellow Summit Series teammates Vladislav Tretiak and Valeri Kharlamov.

Alexander Yakushev signs autograph after Summit Series rematch (James Gazzale/The Hockey Writers)

Alexander Yakushev Statistics

Achievements

  • IIHF World and European Championships Gold Medal (1967, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979)
  • IIHF World and European Championships Silver Medal (1972, 1976)
  • IHF World and European Championships Bronze Medal (1977)
  • IIHF World Championships Best Forward (1975)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (1972, 1976)
  • Russian Hockey Hall of Fame (1970)
  • IIHF Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2018)

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