Left-winger Ravil Gusmanov played four games with the Winnipeg Jets in 1995-96. He was a fine goal scorer who did well in the minors but, in the end, opted to play most of his career in Russia.
Born in Naberezhnye Chelny, USSR, Gusmanov first drew attention to himself with HC Chelyabinsk. He scored three goals for Russia at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics then enjoyed a solid year with the AHL's Springfield Indians in 1994-95. The next year he progressed further with 36 goals in the AHL and his first taste of NHL action.
After toiling for two more years in the minors, Gusmanov, returned to Russia. He signed with HC Magnitogorsk and became an important two-way forward for the club domestically as well as during its participation in the European Hockey League.