Vladimir Semenovich Myshkin
(; born June 19, 1955 in Kirovo-Chepetsk
, Soviet Union
) is a former ice hockey goaltender
. He was a goaltender for HC Dynamo Moscow
and the Soviet Union national ice hockey team
in the 1970s and 1980s.
During his career in the Soviet Championship League
, Myshkin was consistently among the top goaltenders in the league and his Dynamo Moscow club was always among the best. However, rival Moscow club HC CSKA Moscow
won the championship almost every year he played, including an amazing 13-year run from 1977 to 1989, preventing Myshkin from winning a domestic championship until his very last year.
Myshkin came to prominence in the late 1970s when he earned a spot of the Soviet national team as a backup to the legendary Vladislav Tretiak
. On February 11, 1979, he was the surprise choice of coach Viktor Tikhonov
to start in the deciding game in the Challenge Cup
tournament against the National Hockey League
all stars. Myshkin responded with a sterling effort, shutting out the NHL stars 6-0 to win the Challenge Cup for the Soviets. A couple of months later, he won his first of six World and European championships
, the others coming in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1990.
Myshkin replaced Tretiak after the first period in the famous "Miracle on Ice
" game versus the USA
in the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympics
. He faced only 2 shots in the second period, and stopped them both, but gave up 2 goals in the third scored by Americans Mark Johnson
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