Valeri Kharlamov (Hockey Player) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Valeri Kharlamov

Valeri Borisovich Kharlamov was an ice hockey forward who played for CSKA Moscow in the Soviet League from 1967 until his death in 1981. Although small in stature, Kharlamov was speedy, intelligent and skilled and a dominant player, being named the Soviet Championship League most valuable player in 1972 and 1973. An offensive player, who was considered very creative and intelligent on the ice, he also led the league in scoring in 1972. He was also a gifted skater who was able to make plays at top speed. Kharlamov was considered one of the best players of his era, as well as one of the greatest players of all time. In international play, Kharlamov represented the Soviet Union at 11 World Championships, winning 8 gold medals, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. He participated in three Olympics, 1972, 1976 and 1980, finishing with two gold medals and a silver, and participated in the 1972 Summit Series against Canada.

About Valeri Kharlamov

Hall of Fame left winger for CSKA Moscow and the Soviet national team who is thought of as one of the greatest hockey players of his time, having won eight World Championships and two Olympic gold medals. His life was cut tragically short after a car accident in August 1981, when he was just 33 years old.

Before Fame

He began skating at age 7 and came up through the youth ranks of CSKA Moscow. He made his debut with the senior team in 1967.


The Kharlamov Trophy, given each year to the NHL’s best Russian player, is named in his honor.

Family Life

His wife Irina was also killed in the accident. He left behind a daughter named Bugonita and a son named Alexander, who later played for CSKA Moscow.


He was teammates with goaltender Vladislav Tretiak on the Soviet team that fell to the famous “Miracle On Ice” U.S. team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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  • Ice hockey players at the 1972 Winter Olympics
  • Medalists at the 1976 Winter Olympics
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  • Ice hockey players at the 1976 Winter Olympics
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  • International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame inductees
  • Ice hockey players at the 1980 Winter Olympics
  • HC CSKA Moscow players
  • Hockey Hall of Fame inductees
  • Olympic silver medalists for the Soviet Union

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