|Born on June 19, 1958 in Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union. Forward. After a couple of years with Soviet club Traktor Chelyabinsk, Sergei Makarov was elected as a Soviet National League All-star during all 11 seasons he starred and won national titles with powerhouse Central Red Army from 1978 to 1989. Amazingly, Makarov accumulated 710 career points, including 322 Goals in 519 league games, earning nine scoring titles, eight Player of the Year awards and twice was named recipient of the Golden Stick award as outstanding European player. Makarov began his illustrious international career with back to back IIHF World Junior Championship titles in 1977 and 1978. Then, he earned eight All-Star team selections and two Directorate awards for Best Forward at the IIHF 11 World and European Championships he played in from 1978 to 1991, which resulted in eight gold, one silver and two bronze. In between, Makarov claimed Olympic gold in both 1984 and 1988 and a silver medallist in 1980. His final tallies included an incredible 190 goals in 315 national team games. Makarov also led the Soviets to victory in the 1981 Canada Cup and followed that up with an All-Star selection in the 1984 tournament. If there was any doubt, Makarov proved his world-class status when he joined the Calgary Flames in the NHL and promptly captured Rookie of the Year honours in 1989-90 in his first of six solid NHL seasons. He returned to Europe where he played briefly with Swiss club HC Fribourg-Gotteron before ending his fabulous career back with Central Red Army in 1997-98. On account of these magnificent achievements, Makarov was bestowed with the prestigious Soviet Honoured Masters of Sport award.