Soviet Union National Ice Hockey Team
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Soviet national ice hockey team
USSR national ice hockey team
(), was the
team of the
. The Soviets were the most dominant teams of all time in international play. The team won nearly every
between 1954 and 1991 held by the
International Ice Hockey Federation
(IIHF). Due to the questionable nature of the amateur status of the Soviet players, their participation in the Olympics was questioned.
The controversy was about the IIHF's definition of amateurs and professionals. However, the Soviets were generally dominant in amateur and professional tournaments alike. After 1991, the Soviet team competed as the
1992 Winter Olympics
and as the
Commonwealth of Independent States
1992 World Championship
. In 1993, it was replaced by national teams for
. The IIHF recognized the Russian ice hockey federation as the successor to the Soviet Union hockey federation and passed its ranking on to Russia. The other national hockey teams were considered new and sent to compete in Pool C.
The IIHF Team of the Century included four Soviet-Russian players out of a team of six. Goalie
who played for the Soviet teams in the 1970s and the 1980s were voted on to the
IIHF Centennial All-Star Team
in a poll conducted by a group of 56...
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