Other International Stars
Although often forgotten by modern generations, Alexei Guryshev is a legend of Russian hockey, particularly with the Soviet Wings team (Krylja Sovetov).
Described as the "Phil Esposito of the early decades Russian hockey," Guryshev is the third highest scorer in Soviet hockey history with 379 career goals, trailing only Boris Mikhailov and Vyacheslav Starshinov. He was a scoring machine, adding 35 goals in 41 Olympic/World championship games. Like Esposito, Guryshev often scored on rebounds and in the slot. He teamed expertly with Nikolai Khlystov on a line with Mikhail Bychkov.
Guryshev was a member of the Olympic gold medal team in 1956 and WC gold medal in 1954. After retiring as a player he served as an international referee.
Guryshev is a legend in Russia, but would be even bigger had he played with other Moscow teams.