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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.


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.

Larionov Igor Nikolaevich

Larionov Igor Nikolaevich

Larionov was born in Voskresensk and has been playing hockey since childhood. At 17, he made his debut in the USSR Championship as part of the Sunday “Chemist”. After three seasons at Khimik, Larionov was transferred to CSKA, which, under the leadership of Viktor Tikhonov, has been the country’s undisputed champion and base team club since the late 1970s. In CSKA Larionov constantly played in a link with Sergey Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. Together with defenders Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov, they formed the five Larionov, which in the 1980s was the basis of CSKA and the USSR national team. In total, in the championships of the USSR Larionov spent 457 matches and scored 204 goals.

Igor Larionov is one of several hockey players in the world (along with Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Taves, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry and Scott Niedermeier), who managed to win the main world hockey titles: Olympics, world championships for adults and juniors, Canada Cup, Cup Canada or world Stanley Cup.

Krutov Vladimir Evgenievich

Krutov Vladimir Evgenievich

Born June 1, 1960 in the city of Moscow – Soviet hockey player. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1981). Attack. I started skating at 4 years old. He began to play at the Meteor stadium. 1st coach – Vladilen Nikolaevich Golubev. Then he studied at the CSKA school with the coach Valery Pavlovich Stelmakhov. The idol of childhood was Valery Kharlamov. Moreover, Krutov was personally acquainted with Kharlamov and was even friendly with him.

Makarov Sergey Mikhailovich

Makarov Sergey Mikhailovich

Born on June 19, 1958 in Chelyabinsk. The family had two older brothers who were also fond of hockey. Sergey started skating at the age of five. Pupil of the Chelyabinsk school of hockey. The first coach of Sergei Mikhailovich Makarov was Victor Ivanovich Starikov.

According to the hockey player, the coach was like a father to him, who studied with him and other students from morning to evening. In addition to coaching, he was an educator and directed children when his students did something wrong.

In his interviews, the athlete mentioned that it was difficult for him to name his best coach, but it was comfortable to deal with the first coach Viktor Starikov, who taught him a lot. In the disputes of his pupils, the coach Starikov did not intervene

Fetisov Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich

Fetisov Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich

Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Fetisov was born on April 20, 1958 in Moscow, in the new Degunino district, which only became part of the capital.

He started playing hockey in the yard team of house number 4 on Korovinsky highway. As part of the housing team of the Housing Office No. 19 along the Korovinsky highway, he made it to the finals of the Golden Puck city tournament. At the age of 12 he got to CSKA to coach Yuri Alexandrovich Chabarin. At 18, he participated in the hockey tournament as part of the CSKA youth team.

In 1973-1989 – in CSKA, rose to the rank of major (he was the captain of the USSR team and team, with a short break in 1988), in 1994 – in Spartak (M). In the 1980s, he played in the legendary five Larionov of the USSR national team and CSKA club, along with Sergey Makarov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Krutov and Alexei Kasatonov as defender.

In the championships of the USSR and Russia: 480 matches, 153 goals.

He graduated from the Leningrad Military Institute of Physical Culture.

Kasatonov Alexey Viktorovich

Kasatonov Alexey Viktorovich

Alexei Viktorovich Kasatonov was born on October 14, 1959 in the city of Leningrad – a Soviet hockey player, defender. Two-time Olympic champion (1984 and 1988), multiple champion of the world, Europe, USSR. Honored Master of Sports of the USSR.

Grew up on Novoizmailovsky Prospekt in Leningrad. Grand-nephew of Admiral Vladimir Kasatonov. He grew up a sports child, his parents in the first grade enrolled him in the swimming section in the pool on Nevsky Prospekt. For three years he was engaged in swimming, but the pool was closed and the section was transferred to another district of the city. Alexei was not very upset – he himself thought to leave, because he believed that in swimming he lacked competition.

I found this competition in team sports, and most of all – in hockey. As a result, Alexey decided to go to the school of the regional team of the Meat Processing Plant, which conducted the recruitment of young athletes at the SKA indoor ice rink. However, Kasatonov mistakenly arrived not at the rink, but at the SKA athletics stadium. Already there I read about recruiting for the SKA hockey school, which became his first team.

However, the young hockey player had a problem – poor ice skating (in yard games he played without ice skates). Coach Oleg Konstantinovich Sivkov did a lot with Alexei, because he saw in him the ability to understand the game and think outside the box at the rink. As a result, this defect was successfully fixed.

Playing in its classic composition, each player of the five Igor Larionov became:

Two-time Olympic champion

Canada Cup Winner

Multiple World Champion

Multiple European Champion

Multiple Champion of the USSR