(biography, photo, video) Igor Larionov
Igor Larionov: biography
Igor Larionov – the legendary Soviet and Russian hockey player, who played as a Central striker at many clubs in Russia, Canada, USA and Switzerland. He was among the three athletes, along with Vyacheslav Fetisov and Scott Niedermayer, who managed to win all the major trophies of world hockey as a youth and adult level.
Igor Larionov was born in the suburban town of Voskresensk and early childhood, «sick» of hockey. The fact that section went with his older brother Eugene and Igor were behind him to repeat. Very young he got into sports school «Chemist» for coach Vyacheslav Odinokova became hard to do.
It should be noted that the boy was different from fellow athletes for his love of school. He believed that lessons can be sacrificed in favor of the rink and has always been an excellent student, and received the nickname «Professor», which did not leave until the very end of his career. Another feature Larionov was his determination. He was not afraid to Express his own opinion nor friends, nor coaches, nor teachers.
The first competition, the young athlete was the tournament «Golden puck», in which he showed himself so well, that later was considered one of the favorites of any tournament. And in 16 years, Igor Larionov made his debut for the senior team native «Chemist».
After three successful seasons in the Moscow region team, Larionov decree from above was transferred to CSKA Moscow, which then led Viktor Tikhonov. The club until the end of the ‘ 70s becomes the undisputed champion of the Soviet Union and the base composition of the USSR team. CSKA Larionov played on the line with Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov, plus their top five were defenders Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov. These guys are famous throughout the world as «Five Larionov», as their many years of neither at club level nor in the national team.
Himself Igor only in the domestic League played over 400 matches and scored over 200 goals. It is not surprising that intelligent and effective striker attracted the attention of professional clubs from North America. However, he did not want to let go, so Larionov resorted to a kind of trick: he wrote and published in the magazine «Ogonek» an open letter addressed to coach Tikhonov and the Ministry of sports. Favorite hockey player is supported by the public, and the green light of the leader of CSKA was given.
In the NHL his first club was the «Vancouver Canucks», where he got together with Vladimir Krutov. But if the latter case is not complicated, it’s Larionov began to Shine in the NHL. I must say that Igor has proved himself not only as a great professional, but also as a very good man. Many young Russian athletes remember that Larionov helped them to adapt to life in Canada and the United States. This is evidenced, in particular, another legend of national sports Pavel Bure.
In the early 90-ies «Professor» becomes «San Jose sharks», where she reunites with Sergei Makarov. Their link allowed the team-to the outsider not only to reach the playoffs, but beat the main favorites of the tournament, «Detroit Red wings». Such dedication was not wasted, and in the following season, the player is in the «Red Wings». There is a coach specially organizes the «Russian five», which helped the club to win the championship and the trophy is the Stanley Cup.
In addition to these teams Larionov also played for the Swiss club «Lugano», the American «Florida Panthers», and the last command was the «new Jersey devils». 13 Dec 2004 Larionov have had a farewell match, and put the skates on a nail.
Only wife and love of his life Igor Larionov was, and remains, a well-known figure skater Elena Batanova. They got married back in the mid 80-ies. In the family were born daughters Alena and Diana, and son Igor, named after the father. By the way, my two youngest children were born in the United States. The family now resides in California.
When Larionov for one year, went to play in Switzerland, he had a hobby. Igor with great interest I learned everything about making wine, and this hobby eventually grew into a job. Now he’s in California, the winery produces such brands as «Hattrick» and «Triple overtime».
But, apparently, you can’t be a «former» hockey player, so Igor did not leave sports completely. He is engaged in Agency activities, and works of young athletes. His clients include, for example, Andrei Loktionov, Tyler SEGUIN, nail Yakupov and the other young hockey stars.