Igor Larionov, also known as the Professor, is one of the most respected names in hockey. Considered to be one of the best passers of all time, Larionov made his mark both as a Soviet player and as a 15 year veteran of the NHL. Honored for his contribution to hockey (on both sides of the pond), the Professor was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 10, 2008.
Many would argue that Igor Larionov's best play occurred early in his career as a member of CSKA Moscow and the Soviet National Team. Centering the legendary KLM Line, Larionov along with line mates Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov, became one of the most dominate lines in hockey history. A nightmare for opposing coaches, the trio helped CSKA Moscow and the Soviet National Team amass an impressive collection of championships during the 1980's.
Always wanting to test his skills in the NHL, Larionov finally got his chance in 1989 when Soviet players were finally cleared to play professionally overseas. Even as a 29 year old rookie, the Russian legend still went on to a long NHL career, playing until the age of 44.
One of the best marks of a true legend is his ability to win championships. With Igor Larionov, there is no denying his ability to win. He belongs to just a handful of players to have won a Stanley Cup, World Junior Championship Gold, World Championship Gold, Olympic Gold, and a World/Canada Cup. Even more amazing is that he has done each (with the exception of the Canada Cup) at least twice.
Igor Larionov Facts
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Date of Birth: December 3, 1960
Place of Birth: Voskresensk, USSR
NHL Entry Draft: 214th overall, 1985
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