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Vyacheslav Starshinov

Born May 6, 1940, Moscow, Soviet Union Vyacheslav Starshinov was a dominant forward in the Soviet League for nearly four decades beginning in 1957. He captained Spartak Moscow for many seasons, leading the team to three national titles and totaling 405 goals in 540 games. Starshinov played in 10 IIHF World Championships and won nine straight gold medals from 1963 - 1971, and was named the Best Forward in 1965. Two Olympic golds capped his medal haul. Starshinov coached Spartak from 1972 - 1974 but then moved to Japan as a playing coach, winning two more championships. He ultimately returned home to close his playing career with Spartak and retired as the second highest scorer in Russian league history.

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