Sergei Mylnikov

Sergei Aleksandrovich Mylnikov (Russian: Сергей Александрович Мыльников, 6 October 1958 – 20 June 2017) was an ice hockey goaltender and coach who competed in the Soviet Hockey League, National Hockey League, and the Swedish Division 2. He was the first Soviet goaltender to play in the National Hockey League.[1] He mostly played for Traktor Chelyabinsk (1976–80, 1983–89), and also briefly for SKA Leningrad (1980–82), the Quebec Nordiques (1989–90), Torpedo Yaroslavl (1991–93) and Skedvi/Säter IF (1993–95). He was a member of the Soviet national team, winning a gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics and at the 1989 and 1990 IIHF World Championships. He was named to the Soviet All-Star team in 1988 and inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. Mylnikov helped the Soviet junior team to back-to-back junior world championships in 1977 and 1978. He was also the starting Soviet goaltender at the Canada Cup in 1987.[2]

Sergei Mylnikov
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Born (1958-10-06)6 October 1958
Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 20 June 2017(2017-06-20) (aged 58)
Moscow, Russia
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Traktor Chelyabinsk
SKA Leningrad
Quebec Nordiques
Torpedo Yaroslavl
Skedvi/Säter IF
National team  Soviet Union
NHL Draft 127th overall, 1989
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1977–1995
Medal record

Mylnikov took up hockey at the age of 6, encouraged by his father, and took up goaltender position because of his relatively small stature. His international debut was delayed by a strong competition from multiple gifted Soviet goaltenders, including Vladislav Tretiak and Vladimir Myshkin. Mylnikov finished his career with Säter IF in Sweden in 1995, and remained there as the head coach for two seasons (1995–97). After that he trained several Russian clubs in 1997–2012. He also continued playing masters hockey until 2010, when he had a major heart surgery. He died in 2017 at the age of 58,[3][4] and was survived by sons Dmitri and Sergei Jr., a brother, and a nephew – all of whom ice hockey goaltenders.[5]


  1. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (20 June 2017). "Last Soviet goalie to win Olympic gold, first to play in NHL, dies at 58". OlympicTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  2. ^ Sergey Mylnikov at CCCP International
  3. ^ Soviet goaltender Sergei Mylnikov dies at 58. Associated Press (20 June 2017).
  4. ^ "RIP Sergei Mylnikov". 21 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ Мыльников Сергей Александрович.

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