|International Won a gold medal at the 1975 and 1976 European Junior Championships ... Named Best Defenseman at the 1976 European Junior Championship ... Played in the 1978 World Junior Championship and was a member of All-Star Team with future NHLers Wayne Gretzky, Anton Stastny, Mats Naslund and Risto Siltanen ... Played for the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, earning a silver medal... Won gold with the 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams ... Performed in nine World Championships before leaving the Soviet Union, winning gold medals in 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989 ... Also won gold with the Soviets in 1990 after his first NHL season ... Named the Best Defenseman at 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986 and 1989 World Championships ... Named to World Championship All-Star Team in 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990 and 1991 ... Played on the Soviet Union's 1981 Canada Cup-winning Team ... Named to 1987 Canada Cup All-Star Team ... Played at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and was captain of the Russian team.
Career New Jersey's sixth choice, 150th overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft ... Long-time captain of Central Red Army ... Played with Red Army from 1974-75 to 1988-89 ... Named top defenseman in the Soviet League four times ... Three-time Soviet Player of the Year ... Earned Soviet Honored Master of Sport award, equivalent to the Hockey Hall of Fame ... Three times was named winner of the Gold Stick Award as Europe's Top Player ... In 1995-96, he tied his NHL career high for points with 42 (seven goals and 35 assists), matching his output from 1989-90, his first year ... In 1997, won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings ? Won the Stanley Cup again in 1998 ? Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.