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Four of Detroit’s “Russian Five” to participate in Winter Classic alumni game festivities

Aug 2, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

Russian Five - Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings of the mid-to-late 90s were always known for their array of Russian superstar players. If you don’t recall the “Russian Five” of Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Slava Kozlov, and Vladimir Konstantinov you missed out some of the most skillful hockey the NHL saw at the time.

The good news for you is that you’ll get to see them one more time. Four out of those five will be participating in the 2013 Winter Classic alumni game on December 31. The lone member of the Russian quintet not yet appearing is Kozlov who is still playing professionally in the KHL after leaving the NHL after the 2009-10 season.

Konstantinov, who was paralyzed in a car accident following the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup championship, is expected to be an ambassador for the game and won’t be playing. As for Fedorov, Larionov, and Fetisov — expect to see them suiting up against the Maple Leafs alumni.

With Scotty Bowman set to coach the Red Wings alumni, maybe we’ll get to relive the old days and see Bowman have Fedorov play defense as well as forward all over again.

If you didn’t get to experience what the “Russian Five” was like during their time in Motor City, the Red Wings put this video together to remind everyone how great they were.

  1. t16rich - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    My favorite Cup presentation ever.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    7 Years playing for Central Red Army
    Comes over to the NHL and was a force for 6 more years.

    Guy was plus 60 one season
    You have Tretiak in the Hall, Scott Stevens is in there

    Konstantinov should be in the Hall of Fame

    • sheckyrimshot - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      vlad the impaler was the best nickname ever

  3. polegojim - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Very cool – awesome memories!

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  4. pgpcbuild - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Vancouver’s Russian 3 is even better:)

    Bure, Larinov, Mogilny.

    • t16rich - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      What a douche bag comment. Real classy. I say this as a Canucks fan too. Larionov might slap you for saying that as he knows how special that Red Wings team was. Keep it classy buddy, we have 0 cups.

      • windmiller4 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        Good to finally see a decent canucks fan

    • galuple - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      Yeah, except that Larionov was in San Jose by the time Mogilny arrived in Vancouver.

  5. kiopta1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Sweet…thanks for posting that vid I remember watching those wings with my late father and it is great to see it again.

  6. kwall55 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I know I shouldnt encourage the soup can kid but overrated? Are you stupid? Actually don’t answer that, try moving out of your moms basement before you post again. I hear McDonalds is hiring

  7. chubbedjox - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Hey, whats wrong with livin in a parents basement? My dad’s name is jerry S and I lived in his basement until he finally blew out my anus with his man-drill. at first I culdnt get enuff, finally I told him to woah woah woah woah stop the clock. His fluid tasted like Cookie Crisp so that always made me suspicious….SCA BABY!

    • handsofsweed - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Busted. You’re not a pens fan. You’re not the SCA guy, either. But, I’m not gonna lie, I have NO problem w you completely mocking him like this. (He would never make fun of himself like you did, only other fans and teams.)

      At any rate, those wings teams in the late 90’s/early 00’s were unreal as hell. I know it was only 2009, but they were awesome then, too and as a pens fan since 1989, it is such an honor to have mixed it up w them in ’08 and ’09 and won a cup vs such a legendary franchise.

      As The Nature Boy Ric Flair says “To be the best, you gotta beat the best! Whoooooooo!”

  8. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Ur an embarrassment to the penguins

  9. daburghdabest - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    These guys were communists & should never be cheered in American rinks. That’s just low class. Makes sense coming from Detroit Murder City though. Dirty, dangerous & the food aint no good.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      So, when did you decide to give up on life and partake in this h0m0er0tic d0uchebaggery…?

    • deeznutz3d - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      It’s sooooo cold in the D….. Someone sounds a little butthurt

  10. blackhawkslove - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Only thing better was sakics pass to Borque in 01

    • blkeskimo1785 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      I’m an Avs fan, but the ’98 Cup by the Wings trumps Sakic to Bourque BAR NONE.

  11. windmiller4 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    You are one seriously disturbed individual

  12. kingfooj - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Just reading the title of this article got me excited.

  13. ct14flyers - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    God I loved Federov. Could anyone else player three positions in hockey? I think not. So underrated. And the ’98 Cup ceremony is the best moment in Stanley Cup history.

    • axisofweasels - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      i like him so much i cant spell his name

  14. axisofweasels - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    kome on konstantinov get some skates on your wheelchair and stop slacking

    • ct14flyers - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      You can’t even spell come. Dumbass.

  15. axisofweasels - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    come on konstantinov get some skates on your wheelchair and stop slacking

    • handsofsweed - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Not cool, man. You’re in the SCA, I’m assuming.

  16. kingfooj - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    1:23, three different generations of elite Russian talent, amazing

  17. mattmc20 - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    While that whole video warmed my heart to childhood memories and watching games with my grandpa, there was one part that stood out the most. The clip where vladdy konst. leveled that piece of crap Claude Lemieux! Amazing career cut too short .

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