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Igor Larionov

Born: December 3, 1960 in Voskresensk, Soviet Union Igor Larionov will forever be remembered as the versatile pivot on what many consider as the best five-man unit to play the game, with wingers Sergei Makarov, Vladimir Krutov and defencemen Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov. It was this unit that propelled the Soviets on the international scene for a full decade. In total, Larionov won two Olympic gold medals (1984, 88), four IIHF World Championship gold medals, one Canada Cup title (1981) and one IIHF World U20 gold medal (1980). At the age of 41, Larionov captained Team Russia to Olympic bronze in Salt Lake City and he also represented his country in the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. In his 27-year professional career on both sides of the Atlantic (13 in Europe, 14 in the NHL), Larionov played 1378 games, scoring 373 goals and 705 assists for a total of 1078 points. He collected eight Soviet Championships with CSKA Moscow, and three Stanley Cups with Detroit. Individually, Larionov was selected to the World Championship first All-Star Team in 1983 and 1986. He collected 36 goals, 53 assists for 89 points in 105 international games. He was on the USSR league All-Star team in 1983, 86, 87 and 88 and was named USSR player of the year in 1988. He is one of 19 members of the Triple Gold Club, for players who have one Olympic gold, World Championship gold and the Stanley Cup.

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