Alexander Yakushev

Alexander Sergeyevich Yakushev (Russian: Александр Серге́евич Якушев) (born January 2, 1947) is a former ice hockey player and coach for the Soviet Union.

Alexander Yakushev
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2018
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Yakushev in 2009
Born (1947-01-02) January 2, 1947 (age 74)
Balashikha, Russian SFSR, U.S.S.R.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for HC Spartak Moscow
EC Kapfenberg
National team  Soviet Union
Playing career 1964–1983

Born in Moscow, Soviet Union, Alexander Yakushev is best known to North American hockey fans as one of the stars for the Soviet team that played Team Canada in the famous 1972 Summit Series. His style of play was atypical of his colleagues who were fast and skilled; he was often described as the equivalent of Canada's Phil Esposito. Although often overshadowed by his famous teammate Valeri Kharlamov, by the end of the Summit Series, Yakushev led the Soviets in scoring with 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points. Besides the Summit Series, he has also played in numerous Olympic and World Championship tournaments, winning Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976 and having been crowned World Champion seven times.[1]

After retiring from hockey, Yakushev coached Spartak Moscow for several years and between 1998 and 2000 the Russian national team. On June 26, 2018, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame November 12, 2018, joining fellow Summit Series teammates Vladislav Tretiak and Valeri Kharlamov.


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Preceded by
Vyacheslav Starshinov
Soviet Scoring Champion
Succeeded by
Vladimir Petrov