The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia

President of Russia Vladimir Putin declares gratitude  to Vladislav Tretyak. President of Russia Vladimir Putin declares gratitude to Vladislav Tretyak.

The starting point in the development of the domestic ice hockey is the decision of the All-Russia Committee of Physical Training and Sports on the playing of the USSR Championship in the season of 1946–1947.

Vladislav Tretyak
President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia

At first the competitions were held under the auspices of the All-Union Hockey Section and since 1959 – of the Hockey Federation, which united bandy and ice hockey and which in 1967 was split in the Ice Hockey Federation and the Bandy and Field Hockey Federation.

On April 1, 1952 hockey organization of the Soviet Union joined LIHG, which since 1978 got the name IHHF.

The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (IHFR) as an independent organization was founded on November 12, 1991. On January 19, 1992 the IHFR officially became the successor of the Ice Hockey Federation of the USSR.

The national team of the USSR for the first time participated in the World Championship in 1954 in Stockholm and at once won gold medals. The style in which it was performed didn't leave any questions for hockey fans as in the decisive opposition they defeated Canadians (represented by Lindhurst Motors) with the score 7 : 2.

The debut at the Olympic Games of 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo was also triumphant as again in the decisive battle Maple Leaves in the heat of the moment, but this time with a more modest score 2 : 0. After that the national teams of the USSR and CIS countries seven more times were on the top of the podium of the Olympic Games – in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, 1988 and 1992.

Our achievements at the World Championships are not less formidable as the national teams of the USSR and Russia 26 times won gold medals and are record holders by this indicator. It should be noted that today as well Russia is on the firm first place in the IIHF rating.

A separate unforgettable event in the history of the world ice hockey became the Super Series of 1972 between the USSR and Canada. Eight epic battles brought the play to the top level, which was noted by all world mass media. Those matches are still in the memory of our sport fans and Russia regularly holds events dedicated to the anniversaries of those battles.

The achievements of the U-20 national team are also very valuable. Our hockey players starting with 1977 when the World Championship became an official event, 12 times held the cherished trophy over their heads and before that they three times had won the title of the unofficial champions.

The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (IHFR) is an All-Russia public association created for the development and popularization of ice hockey in the Russian Federation, growth of its role in the all-round and harmonious development of personality, strengthening of health, advocacy of the healthy way of life of the population.

The IHFR is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and represents the interests of Russian hockey in international hockey organizations.

The IHFR organizes and holds:

  • championships, Cup plays and other official sports competitions;
  • international ice hockey tournaments on the territory of the Russian Federation;
  • improves the system of top level sportsmen training;
  • ensures the measures on the preparation and participation in international competitions of the national and club teams of Russia;
  • develops cooperation with national federations and hockey leagues of foreign countries;
  • carries out the work on the emergence, development and coordination of professional, amateur and children and junior's hockey, provision of help to veterans.

The IHFR carries out its activities on the territory of 67 subjects of the Russian Federation.

All ice hockey competitions on the territory of this country are held under the auspices of the IHFR. They include the Championship of Russia, Championship of Russia in League A, Championship of Russia among women's teams, Championships of Russia in the first and second leagues, Russian Championships with the participation of the junior teams of the regions and junior club teams and other competitions of different level.

National Team of Russia

The team is a successor of the national team of the USSR. It is an absolute record holder by the number of victories in the World Championships – 26 gold medals (1954, 1956, 1963–1971, 1973–1975, 1978–1983, 1986, 1989–1990, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2012). For the time being the team is the first in the rating of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Our hockey players 8 times won the gold medals at the Olympic Games (1956, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, 1988, 1992). The first official match in its history the team played on March 11, 1953 versus the national team of Norway in Moscow and won 6:0.

The Russian team annually participates in the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge consisting of four stages: Karjala Cup (Finland), First Channel Cup (Russia), OODSET Hockey Games (Sweden) and KAJOTBET (Czech Republic). The head coach is Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.

Second National Team of Russia

The team was created in the season of 2010-2011 and consists of the hockey players from the closest reserve of the national team. They participate in the competitions of the European Hockey Challenge. The head coach is appointed one of the specialists members of the coaching staff of the national team.

U-20 National Team of Russia

It is 13-time World champion (1977–1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2011). Before they started to hold World Championships under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) the team three times won the title of the unofficial champions in 1974-1976. In the team there play the most talented young hockey players of this country, many of whom later join the national team.

During the season the U-20 team participates in different international tournaments, one of which is the Big Prize of St. Petersburg held in Russia. One of the most important competitions is Subway Super Series held in Canada, in which our hockey players play against the best players of the Canadian junior leagues QMJHL, OHL and WHL.

The head coach is Mikhail Varnakov.

U-18 National Team of Russia

In 1967 for the first time they held international tournament among junior teams of eight countries organized at the initiative of the Ice Hockey Federation of the USSR and Czech Ice Hockey Union. The tournament became the forerunner of the Junior European Championships. Junior World Championships have been held since 1999 and they are successors of the junior championships held since 1967. Our time is 16-time World champion (1967, 1969–1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007). The team also plays in the annual Four Nations Tournaments and one of the most important competitions is Ivan Hlinka Memorial, which gathers the best juniors of the planet.

The head coach is Igor Kravchuk.

U-17 National Team of Russia

The main competition for U-17 juniors is the World Challenge Cup held during the New Year holidays in Canada. Besides this our young talents play in the Four Nations Tournament, one of which is traditionally held in Balashikha near Moscow.

The head coach is Pavel Baulin.

U-16 National Team of Russia

The team is the youngest among all Russian national teams. The juniors get their first experience of performance against the bests foreign fellows. In 2012 the U-16 national team of Russia participated in the Junior Olympic Games and won silver medals.

The head coach is Yuri Rumyantsev.

Women's National Team of Russia

The development of women's hockey is one of the priority tasks of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Our team permanently plays in the strongest division at the World Championships. The team's top achievement is bronze medals in 2001. The hockey players participate in the Four Nations Tournament and in the frameworks of the program on the development of women's ice hockey they hold annual friendly matches against the best university teams of Canada and the USA.

The women's national team played its first official match in 1994 (against Swiss) and already at the European Championship of 1996 it was second surrendering only to Swedes.

The head coach is Mikhail Chekanov.

U-18 Women's National Team of Russia

The team is comprised of the most talented young girls hockey players of the country. The team plays in the strongest group at the World Championships, and in Russia they annually hold one of the stages of the Four Nations Tournament in Dmitrov, near Moscow.

The head coach is Alexander Ulyankin.


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