Aleksander Nikolayevich Maltsev


Position: right wing
Shoots: L 
Height: 5-09  Weight: 174 
Born: 4/20/1949 in Kirovo-Chepetsk, USSR

IIHF Hall of Fame: 1999

Olympic medals: 2x Gold (1972, 1976); 1x Silver (1980)
World Champion: 9x (1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983)
Canada Cup Winner: 1x (1981)


  • Best scorer SSSR Championship: 1x (1971)
  • All-star Team SSSR Championship: 6x (1971, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1981)
  • Best soviet player: 1x (1971)
  • Best forward World Championships: 3x
  • Best scorer World Championships: 2x
  • All-star Team World Championships: 5x (1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1981)
  • All-star Canada Cup: 1x (1976)
Biography [Source:] It is often said that if you were some how able to rank the top players in the history of hockey, a number of the members of the Soviet Red Army would be included near the top. Some would say Alexander Maltsev would top that list.

While it is virtually impossible to compare hockey players from different eras, it is also almost as hard to compare international legends to National Hockey Leaguers. However there is little doubt that Maltsev ranks among the most talented hockey players ever.

Maltsev was a bit of a rarity in Soviet hockey. While he was a leading player on the National Team, he played with Dynamo Moscow in the Soviet League as opposed to the Red Army team. The Red Army always served as the Russian's national team and most national team members also would skate with the Big Red Machine during the Soviet League schedule. Maltsev was one of the few players who was able to play elsewhere during the season.

In Soviet League play Alexander played in 530 games from 1967 to 1984. In that time he scored 329 goals while leading Dynamo Moscow to 6 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. The Red Army, stacked with all the best players, almost annually won the gold medal. Dynamo Moscow is generally considered to be Russia's second most successful team.

Alexander became a legend on the International side of the game. He participated in three Olympic games, helping the Soviet Union win gold in 1972 and 1976, as well as a silver medal in 1980. Maltsev also played in 12 World Championships, winning gold in 9 of those tournaments. Three times he was named the World Championship's best forward and was a tournament all star 5 times.

Maltsev is of course best known to North Americans for his starring role in the 1972 Summit Series where he teamed with CCCP's most dangerous individual player, Valeri Kharlamov. He was a set up man for Kharlamov who was the trigger man. His five assists tied him for second on the Series' assist list. When Kharlamov scored his two goals in game one to shock the Canadians and take a demanding lead, Maltsev, was the guy who set him up.

Alexander Maltsev also starred in the 1976 Canada Cup. He scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 5 games and was the only Russian named to the tournament All Star team.



USSR ChampionshipsRegular Season / Playoffs
1967-83Dynamo Moscow
USSR Totals 529329--------- 
National Team
1969World Championship 1056110
1970World Championship 10156218
1971World Championship 10106162
1972Olympic Games 54370
1972World Championship 10914230
1973World Championship 10771412
1974World Championship 1064102
1975World Championship 1086142
1976Olympic Games 555100
1976World Championship 53360
1976Canada Cup 53472
1977World Championship 1019102
1978World Championship 1058130
1980Olympic Games 764100
1981World Championship 867132
1981Canada Cup 41120
1983World Championship 81340
Totals (including other tournaments) 321213---------