27 Facts About Viacheslav Fetisov


Viacheslav Alexandrovich "Slava" Fetisov is a Russian former professional ice hockey defenceman.

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Viacheslav Fetisov played for HC CSKA Moscow for 13 seasons before joining the National Hockey League, where he played with the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings.

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Viacheslav Fetisov was instrumental in breaking the barrier that had prevented Soviet players from leaving the Soviet Union to join the NHL.

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In 2002, Viacheslav Fetisov led the Russian Ice Hockey Olympic team as GM and Head Coach, attaining a bronze medal.

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Viacheslav Fetisov is a member of the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, the Federation Council representing Primorsky Krai, the founder and chairman of the KHL's Board of Directors and chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency Athletes Committee.

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Viacheslav Fetisov was president of professional Russian hockey club HC CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League .

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Viacheslav Fetisov was the key member of the bidding committee that presented the Sochi 2014 proposal to the IOC in Guatemala in 2007, when a city was being chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Viacheslav Fetisov debuted for CSKA Moscow's junior team at sixteen years old.

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Viacheslav Fetisov soon expressed a desire to play in the NHL and submitted a request to Soviet officials.

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Viacheslav Fetisov has recalled the Soviet Minister of Defence, Marshal Dmitry Yazov, giving him an ultimatum at the time to either apologize or be sent to Siberia.

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Nevertheless, at the age of 31, helped by the Soviets' newfound glasnost policy, Viacheslav Fetisov led a group of eight Soviet players, including Helmut Balderis, Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov, Sergei Mylnikov, Sergei Priakin and Sergei Starikov, into the NHL.

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Viacheslav Fetisov had been drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft eleven years prior.

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Viacheslav Fetisov began producing immediately with the Red Wings, scoring 14 points in 14 games to finish the season after the trade.

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Viacheslav Fetisov helped the Red Wings to the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated by his former team, the Devils.

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Viacheslav Fetisov was named to his first NHL All-Star Game in 1997, then won back-to-back Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1997 and 1998, before announcing his retirement.

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Viacheslav Fetisov took the Stanley Cup to Moscow after the 1997 championship, where the trophy appeared for the first time in Russia.

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Viacheslav Fetisov then helped the Soviets to three consecutive gold medals at the World Junior Championships from 1976 to 1978, taking back-to-back Top Defenceman honors in 1977 and 1978.

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Viacheslav Fetisov became an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils following his playing career and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2000 during his three-year tenure .

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Viacheslav Fetisov was succeeded as general manager by Pavel Bure for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

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On 29 March 2005 Viacheslav Fetisov joined the World Anti-Doping Agency's Athlete Committee as its inaugural chairman.

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Viacheslav Fetisov attended the World Hockey Summit in 2010, and discussed wanting to improve its relationship with the National Hockey League with respect to transfer agreements and player contracts.

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Viacheslav Fetisov's league sought greater financial compensation when its players departed for the NHL, instead of negotiating a flat rate for an unlimited number of transfers.

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In North America, Viacheslav Fetisov was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on 12 November 2001 along with Mike Gartner, Dale Hawerchuk and Jari Kurri.

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Viacheslav Fetisov received the most votes out of all players in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries to assemble the historic squad.

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In June 1985, Viacheslav Fetisov was involved in a car accident that killed his younger brother Anatoly, who was 18 years old at the time and a prospect within the HC CSKA Moscow system.

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Viacheslav Fetisov suffered from serious head injuries and paralysis, while Fetisov escaped with relatively minor injuries and was able to play the following season.

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Viacheslav Fetisov was the main focus of the 2014 documentary movie Red Army, among other influential Soviet players.

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