32. Igor Larionov

Igor Larionov was one of Hockey's best players in the 1980s, but he was not a member of the NHL.  This was because he was from the Soviet Union, and they were not permitted to play in North America.  Larionov finally went across the world in 1989, playing for Vancouver, the Swiss League, and San Jose before he was traded to Detroit before the 1995-96 season.

The Red Wings were ahead of the curve in collecting uber-talented European players and along with teammate Slava Fetisov, were the elder statesmen of the “Russian Five” that mentored Sergei Fedorov, Vyacheslav Fetizov, and Vladimir Konstantinov.

Larionov was in his mid-30s but was still a high-level two-way player.  He had 71 Points in 69 Games for Detroit in 1995-96, and while his offensive production dipped, his Hockey I.Q. did not.  He helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998, and later in 2002, he was in his early 40s.  Larionov closed his NHL career with a year in New Jersey, and he scored 397 Points with Detroit.

Larionov was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Traded from the San Jose Sharks for Ray Sheppard 10/24/95.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Panthers 7/1/00.

    Acquired (2): Traded from the Florida Panthers for Yan Golubovsky 12/28/00.

    Departed (2): Signed as a Free Agent with the New Jersey Devils 9/10/03.

  • Games Played: 539
  • Notable Statistics:

    89 Goals
    308 Assists 
    397 Points 
    302 PIM 
    0.74 PPG 
    +102 Plus/Minus 
    36.9 Point Shares 
    59 Points in 105 Playoff Games

  • Played For: Detroit Red Wings
  • Non-NHL Teams:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1997, 1998 & 2002)
    All-Star (1998)

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