the first five of the USSR national ice hockey team and the CSKA club of the 1980s. It included Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov, Sergey Makarov – forwards, and Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov – defenders.
LEGENDARY HOCKEY FIVE OF THE USSR!
Five Larionova – the first five of the USSR national ice hockey team and the CSKA club of the 1980s. It included Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov, Sergey Makarov – forwards, and Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov – defenders. In the West, the five Larionova received the nickname “The Green Five” (Eng. The Green Line, due to the fact that in training played in green sweaters) and “KLM” (Eng. KLM line) on the first letters of the names of the attackers.
The five Larionova in their traditional squad began performing at the 1981 Canada Cup, when they all were 21-23 years old. At this tournament, they scored 22 points (11 + 11) in 7 games and became the key five of the national team. This year, the team won the Canadian Cup, beating the Canadian team in the final with a score of 8: 1.
At the 1984 Canadian Cup, the five again played a leading role in the national team, gaining 18 points (10 + 8) in 6 games, but the USSR lost to Canada in the semi-final in overtime 2: 3.
In the dramatic finals of the Canada Cup in 1987, the USSR national team lost to the hosts of the # tournament in the sum of three matches (6: 5, 5: 6, 5: 6). Link Larionov confronted the strongest three of the Canadian national team Michelle Goulet – Wayne Gretzky – Mario Lemieux.
Alexei Kasatonov said about this link: “We had one rule – if someone from the opposing team touched one of us, he became the enemy of all five”.
In the late 1980s, Viktor Tikhonov began to replace the three Makarov – Larionov – Krutov team with a new link – Mogilny – Fedorov – Bure, which, however, did not last long due to the departure of all three hockey players in the NHL.