September 26, 2012
Summit Series Heroes: Boris Mikhailov
Boris Mikhailov is one of the most famed hockey players ever to come out of the former Soviet Union. From 1966 until 1981 he was a player of extraordinary magnitude and continues to be a force in Russian hockey today.
Mikhailov, famous for wearing the dreaded #13, combined with Valeri Kharlamov and Vladimir Petrov to form perhaps the greatest Russian unit of all time. This is supported by the trio's play in the 1973 World Championships when they finished 1-2-3 in the scoring race as the trio average just under nine points a game! In 15 World and Olympic Championship tournaments, they scored a combined 275 goals and 537 points!!
#13 personally scored 108 of those goals in the 120 games. He also added 77 assists and 60 penalty minutes.
His long list of accomplishments in International Hockey include: During Soviet League play, he played in 572 games scoring a record 427 goals along with 224 assists for a record 651 points. The 8-time Russian All Star led the league in scoring three times and was named MVP twice.
* 2 Olympic Gold Medals (1972 & 1976)
* 8 World Championships (1969-71, 1973-75, 1978-79) (voted top forward in 73 and 79)
* 9 Izvestija Championships
* 10 European Cups
Mikhailov was surprisingly "Canadian" in his approach to hockey. The Soviets prided themselves on being the opposite of North American hockey, yet the ruthless Mikhailov is remembered as a guy who loved to mix it up and go to the corners, digging for loose pucks. He had a knack for scoring important and clinching goals, more often than not they were by banging for loose pucks and scoring "garbage goals."
Read the full Boris Mikhailov biography