Vladimir Yevgenyevich Krutov


Position: left wing
Shoots: L 
Height: 5-09  Weight: 190 
Born: 6/1/1960 in Moscow, USSR
NHL Draft: Selected by Vancouver in 1986 #238 overall

Olympic medals: 2x Gold (1984, 1988); 1x Silver (1980)
World Champion: 6x (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989)
Junior World Champion: 3x (1978, 1979, 1980)
Canada Cup Winner: 1x (1981)
Winner SSSR Championship: 12x


  • Best soviet player: 1x (1987)
  • Best forward World Championships: 2x (1986, 1987)
  • Best scorer World Championships: 2x (1987, 1988)
  • All-star Team World Championships: 4x (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987)
  • All-star Team Canada Cup: 1x (1987)
  • Best scorer Olympic Games: 1x (1988)
Biography: [Source: russianrocket.de] Born in 1960, Vladimir Krutov was the left wing of the KLM-Line. His nickname "The Tank" says a lot about his style of playing hockey. He was a hard worker in front of the goal and his ability to score was well known in the hockey world.

Joining the Central Red Army team in 1977, he won the national title 12 times. His international career with the Red Army team included two Olympic Gold, one Olympic Silver Medal, winning the World Championship 6 times and victory in the Canada Cup in 1981. He was named Player of the Year in the Soviet Union 1987 and had several national and international All-Star appearances.

After his successful years in Russia, Krutov changed along with his teammate Igor Larionov to the NHL to join the Vancouver Canucks. Of all the Russian players who went to North America that year, Krutov had the worst and shortest stay. Coming untrained and overweight, he had no chance to convince the Canucks of the qualities which he had shown e.g. at the Canada Cup in 1987.

Former Canucks Head Coach: "His usual routine was to stop at a 7-eleven Store and order two hot dogs, a bag of potato chips and a soft drink. After practice, he would return for a second order".

After that year in Vancouver with 11 goals, 23 assists for 34 points in 61 games, Vladimir returned to Europe to play for several years in Switzerland and in Sweden. He is now working as an assistant coach in Russia.



USSR ChampionshipsRegular Season / Playoffs
1977-78CSKA Moscow 10000
1978-79CSKA Moscow 2483116
1979-80CSKA Moscow 4030124216
1980-81CSKA Moscow 4725154020
1981-82CSKA Moscow 4637296630
1982-83CSKA Moscow 4432215334
1983-84CSKA Moscow 4437205720
1984-85CSKA Moscow 4023305326
1985-86CSKA Moscow 4031174810
1986-87CSKA Moscow 3926245016
1987-88CSKA Moscow 3819234220
1988-89CSKA Moscow 3520214112
USSR Totals 438288215503210 
National Team
1977-78U20 World Championship 567134
1978-79U20 World Championship 686142
1979-80U20 World Championship 574115
1980Olympic Games 765114
1981World Championship 86398
1981Canada Cup 744810
1982World Championship 104376
1983World Championship 10871512
1984Olympic Games 74152
1984Canada Cup 63584
1985World Championship 103588
1986World Championship 10710178
1987World Championship 10114158
1987Canada Cup 977144
1988Olympic Games 8691512
1989World Championship 1042612
National Team Totals
(including other tournaments)
NHLRegular SeasonPlayoffs
1989-90Vancouver Canucks 6111233420----------
NHL Totals 6111233420----------
Swiss ChampionshipRegular SeasonPlayoffs
1990-91Zurich 1011--369--
1991-92Zurich 28132134--6437--
Swiss Champ. Totals 29132235--97916--
Swedish ChampionshipRegular SeasonPlayoffs
1992-93Ístersunds IK 1925244912-----
1993-94Ístersunds IK 2818224014-----
1994-95Ístersunds IK 27991831-----
1995-96Brunflo IF 1879166-----
Swedish Champ. Totals 92596412363----------