|Born:||January 14, 1948||Draft:||Undrafted|
|Hometown:||Moscow, Russia||Position:||Left Wing|
|Known For:||Hall of Fame||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Soviet Union||Current Team:|
Valeri Borisovich Kharlamov (January 14, 1948 – August 27, 1981) was an ice hockey forward who played for CSKA Moscow in the Soviet League from 1967 until his death in 1981. Although small in stature, Kharlamov was a speedy, intelligent, skilled and dominant player, being named the Soviet Championship League most valuable player in 1972 and 1973. An offensive player, who was considered very creative on the ice, he also led the league in scoring in 1972. He was also a gifted skater who was able to make plays at top speed. Kharlamov was considered one of the best players of his era, as well as one of the greatest players of all time.
In international play, Kharlamov represented the Soviet Union at 11 World Championships, winning 8 gold medals, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. He participated in three Olympics, 1972, 1976 and 1980, finishing with two gold medals and a silver, and participated in the 1972 Summit Series against Canada. He spent most of his career playing on a line with Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov, and this trio is considered one of the best in the history of ice hockey.
Kharlamov was killed in a car accident in 1981. After his death, Kharlamov was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Russian Hockey Hall of Fame and was selected as one of the forwards on the IIHF Centennial All-Star Team. The Kharlamov Trophy is presented annually to the best Russian hockey player in the NHL, as chosen by his peers. The Kharlamov Cup is presented to the champion of the Minor Hockey League playoffs, and the Kontinental Hockey League named one of their four divisions after him.
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- IIHF World Championships Gold Medal (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
- IIHF World Championships Silver Medal (1972, 1976)
- IIHF World Championships Bronze Medal (1977)
- IIHF World Championships All-Star Team (1972, 1973, 1976)
- Olympic Gold Medal (1972, 1976)
- Olympic Silver Medal (1980)
- IIHF Hall of Fame (1998)
- IIHF Centennial All-Star Team (2008)
- Hockey Hall of Fame (2005)
- Russian Hockey Hall of Fame (2014)
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