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Alexander Yakushev

Born January 2, 1947. Forward. Alexander Yakushev starred for Spartak Moscow from 1963 to 1980 during which time he scored 339 goals in 568 Soviet League games and won the national title on three occasions, 1967, 1969 and 1976 to go along with a 1976 Soviet League All-Star Team selection. He finished his impressive playing career after three seasons in Kapfenberg, Austria in 1983. Internationally, Yakushev represented the former Soviet Union during 218 national team games, including two Olympic Winter Games, the 1972 event in Sapporo and 1976 in Innsbruck winning the gold medal in both tournaments. His 10 IIHF World Championship appearances produced seven gold medals, two silver and a bronze. Named to the All-Star Team at the 1974 and 1975 IIHF World Championships, Yakushev also earned Best Forward honours in the 1975 event held in Munich. His performance during the 1972 Summit Series between the former Soviet Union and NHL All-Stars, led many to view Yakushev as the first modern Soviet superstar. His coaching career includes duties in Spartak Moscow and later at the helm of the Russian National Team, where he retired after the 1999-2000 season. Alexander Yakushev is currently employed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and is in charge of coaching development programs.

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