Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vladimir Krutov
Beginning his career in the Soviet League, Krutov played just one game with the Red Army in 1977. Krutov went on to play in the Soviet League for eleven more seasons. During his career he played in one European Junior Championship, two World Junior Championships, seven World European Championships, three Canada Cups, and three Olympic Games. He led the USSR to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1979 and in both the 1979 and 1980 tournaments was the top scorer and the best forward. From 1981 to 1989, he played in the World European Championships and was named to the All-Star team in 1983, 1985, and 1987. He was also named best forward in 1986-1987.

In 1986, he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 11th choice (238th overall); however, he didn't sign with the team until September 1989. Playing for the Soviet team in the Canada Cup in 1987, he was named Soviet player of the game four times and named to the tournament All-Star team. Being pegged as the best forward in Soviet hockey during the 1980's, he went on to play with the Vancouver Canucks from 1989-90 with 11 goals and 23 assists in 61 games. After a poor season with Vancouver, Krutov was cut from the team. Following his end in Vancouver a court case began due to contract disputes, with his services for only a season cost the Vancouver Canucks $2.1-million before even reaching a decision, Krutov was be marked as the highest paid flop in the NHL at the time.

After only one season in the NHL, Krutov played in Switzerland with the Zurich Lions from 1990-92 and in Sweden with the Ostersunds IK from 1992-95 and ending his career with the Brunflo IK in 1995-96 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 CSKA Moscow USSR 1 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 6 7 13 4
1978-79 CSKA Moscow USSR 25 8 3 11 6
1978-79 Soviet Union WJC-A 6 8 6 14 2
1979-80 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 30 12 42 16
1979-80 Soviet Union WJC-A 5 7 4 11 5
1979-80 Soviet Union Olympics 7 6 5 11 4
1980-81 CSKA Moscow USSR 47 25 15 40 20
1980-81 Soviet Union WEC-A 8 6 3 9 8
1981-82 Soviet Union Can-Cup 7 4 4 8 10
1981-82 CSKA Moscow USSR 46 37 29 66 30
1981-82 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 4 3 7 6
1982-83 CSKA Moscow USSR 44 32 21 53 34
1982-83 Soviet Union Super-S 6 5 3 8 2
1982-83 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 8 7 15 12
1983-84 CSKA Moscow USSR 44 37 20 57 20
1983-84 Soviet Union Olympics 7 4 1 5 2
1984-85 Soviet Union Can-Cup 6 3 5 8 4
1984-85 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 23 30 53 26
1984-85 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 3 5 8 8
1985-86 CSKA Moscow USSR 40 31 17 48 10
1985-86 CSKA Moscow Super-S 6 3 6 9 0
1985-86 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 7 10 17 14
1986-87 CSKA Moscow USSR 39 26 24 50 16
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87 2 2 0 2 2
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 11 3 14 8
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 9 7 7 14 4
1987-88 CSKA Moscow USSR 38 19 23 42 20
1987-88 Soviet Union Olympics 8 6 9 15 0
1988-89 CSKA Moscow USSR 35 20 21 41 12
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 5 2 2 4 2
1988-89 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 4 2 6 12
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 11 23 34 20 -5
1990-91 Zurcher SC Swiss 1 0 1 1 0 3 3 6 9 0
1991-92 Zurcher SC Swiss 28 13 19 32 4 6 1 3 4 4
1992-93 Ostersunds IK Sweden-3 19 25 24 49 12
1993-94 Ostersunds IK Sweden-2 28 18 22 40 14
1994-95 Ostersunds IK Sweden-2 27 9 9 18 31
1995-96 Brunflo IK Sweden-3 18 7 9 16 6
NHL Totals 61 11 23 34 20


WJC-A All-Star Team (1979, 1980)
Named Best Forward at WJC-A (1979, 1980)
USSR First All-Star Team (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987)
Named Best Forward at WEC-A (1986, 1987)
USSR Player of the Year (1987)
Canada Cup All-Star Team (1987)
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