Boris Mikhailov (ice hockey)

Boris Petrovich Mikhailov (Russian Борис Петрович Михайлов; born October 6, 1944 in Moscow, Russian SFSR ) is a former Russian ice hockey player.


Was clear early on that exceptional talent Mikhailov was. Spite of it, for a hockey player, small size, he was able to prevail from the outset in all Teams and gain respect. First, in the multi-housing team of his hometown, then in junior district club until he played with energy Saratov. At age 19, he then gave his debut in the Soviet Hockey League at Lokomotiv Moscow. After only two years the former CSKA coach Anatoli Tarasov was aware of the young players and brought him to HK CSKA Moscow. Tarasov, first let him compete for crystal Saratov ( a then the CSKA affiliated club ). But after a few games, he brought him to Moscow and put it together with Vladimir Petrov and Veniamin Alexandrov on the ice. A short time later Alexandrov was replaced by Valeri Kharlamov and so was the first storm series of CSKA and Soviet national team. It was in the 70s and 80s as the best forward line in the world and predates the legendary KLM series ahead.

Mikhailov won with CSKA in the Soviet League eleven league titles and ten times the European Cup. In 1979 he was voted European Player of the Year. He was given the nickname " Puck machine".

With the Soviet national team, he won at the Olympic Games two gold medals (1972, 1976) and one silver medal (1980). In the latter tournament, the legendary game ( Miracle on Ice) took place against the United States, which was lost 4-3. In addition, he won with the Soviet national team eight out of eleven World Championships and seven European Championships. During this time he was both under Anatoli Tarasov as well as under Viktor Tikhonov at times captain of the national team.

He was 1974 and 1977 World Cup top scorer and best World Cup striker and has also been elected to the World Cup All Star team in 1973 and 1979. 1979 Mikhailov was awarded by the Russian daily Izvestia with the golden bat as the best European player of the year.

He ended his active career in 1982 and was then trained as a coach. First, he was an assistant of Tikhonov at CSKA, then followed an offer as head coach of SKA Leningrad (St. Petersburg). The 1991/92 season he spent in Switzerland and trained there today Rapperswil -Jona Lakers. But in 1992 he returned to St. Petersburg. A year later, he took over as head coach of the Russian national team. With success, because this year the Russians were world champions. In the years 1994 and 1995, the Russian team was not able to build on this success: it was only fifth. Too many players went to the opening of borders in the U.S. or Canada to play there in the NHL. Mikhailov was relieved of his office manager, but in 2001 they brought him back again.

After his team could only reach a disappointing sixth place at the World Championships in 2001, he had to vacate his seat for Vyacheslav Fetisov, who took office at the 2002 Winter Olympics. In the 2002 World Cup Mikhailov was again on the boards of the national team and was replaced again in spite of an accomplished Vice World Champion title.

In 2000 he was honored with induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame. He was again traded as coach of the Russian team because Tikhonov was dismissed and the Russians were able to achieve their best result in the recent past under Mikhailov 2002 2005. In 1969 he was accepted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame.

Awards and achievements

  • 2005 bronze medal at the World Cup ( as assistant coach )