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Vyacheslav Fetisov

Born April 20, 1958 in Moscow, Soviet Union. Vyacheslav Fetisov was the dominant defenseman at any level during much of his brilliant career. He starred for the Central Red Army club from 1976 until 1989 during which time he not only anchored the club to 13 straight national championship titles, he helped capture 12 European Cup titles. His statistics were equally awesome, amassing 373 points in 478 games. Fetisov began an illustrious international career by not only winning gold at the 1976 European Junior Championship but also taking the IIHF Directorate Award. Fetisov followed that up with two consecutive Would U20 Championship titles along with two IIHF Directorate Awards in 1977 and 1978 and amazingly won his first of five similar awards as the top defenceman at the 1978 World Senior Championships. In all 12 IIHF World Championship tournaments Fetisov participated in, he took home 12 medals including eight gold, one silver and three bronze., nine of which he was chosen to the tournament all star teams. His three Olympic appearances were just as successful as Fetisov claimed two gold and one silver during the 1980, 1984 and 1988 events, In 1989 North America was introduced to Vyachislav Fetisov as a member of the NHLs New Jersey Devils. He would go on to play for nine years in the NHL, including his final three in Detroit where he earned two Stanley Cup rings in 1997 and 1998 with the Red Wings before winning another one, this time as an assistant coach with the same New Jersey Devils in 2000 and just one year later Viacheslav Fetisov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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