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Fetisov, Larionov in first Russian class

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure (R) are among the 146 players that will make up the inaugural class of Russia's Hockey Hall of Fame next year. (Photo by Getty Images)

The newly-formed Russian Hockey Hall of Fame used Monday’s off day in the Olympic hockey tournament to unveil the first 146 inductees, including four with ties to the Red Wings’ organization.

Although the museum is more than a year from being completed in Moscow, the hall’s committee used the Sochi Olympics to create interest in the inaugural class that features former Red Wings center Igor Larionov and defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Bautin and Dmitri Mironov.

All but Bautin were members of Stanley Cup-winning Wings’ teams.

Fetisov and Larionov are among six Russians who have gained membership into the exclusive Triple Gold Club, which recognizes those who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, and the Stanley Cup. The former Wings known as “Papa Bear” and “The Professor” are the only Russians in both the Triple Gold Club and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Famously known for their part in making up the Russian Five that led the Red Wings to back to back Stanley Cup championships in 1997 and ’98, Fetisov and Larionov drew some of the loudest ovations during the Winter Festival’s Alumni Showdown at Detroit’s Comerica Park in December.

Larionov was part of three Cup wins for the Wings, combining to produce 12 goals and 36 points with a plus-18 rating in the ’97, ’98, and ’02 playoffs.

Bautin and Mironov had been international careers than they did in North America.

In 1994, the Winnipeg Jets traded Bautin and goalie Bob Essensa to the Red Wings for goalie Tim Cheveldae and forward Dallas Drake. Bautin spent most of his time in Detroit with the franchise’s minor-league affiliate in Adirondack.

Mironov wasn’t with the Wings’ organization for long. A trade deadline acquisition in 1998, he arrived in Detroit via a trade that sent defenseman Jamie Pushor to Anaheim. Mironov played in seven playoff games that spring as the Wings managed to complete a second straight successful Cup run.

There are a few obvious omissions to the first class of great Russian players, like the remaining members of the Wings’ Russian Five – Sergei Fedorov (three Stanley Cup titles), Vyacheslav Kozlov (two Stanley Cup titles) and Vladimir Konstantinov (one Stanley Cup title).

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, the new museum will be part of a larger project covering more than 60 acres that will include an Ice Palace in Moscow with three ice sheets and a swimming center. The largest arena will have a capacity of 12,000 while the smaller venues will accommodate 3,000 and 500 fans.

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