Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sergei Mylnikov
Goaltender Sergei Mylnikov often found himself in the imposing shadow cast by Soviet legend Vladislav Tretiak in the 1980's, but he was a top-notch netminder in his own right. As a junior, he guided the Soviet Union to two consecutive World Championship titles in 1977 and 1978 and was groomed as the replacement for Tretiak.

With the exception of a two-year stint with Leningrad in the early 1980's, Mylnikov played his entire Soviet career with Traktor Chelyabinsk. He was on the Soviet roster for the 1987 Rendez-Vous series against the NHL All-Stars, but was the backup to starter Evgeny Belosheikin and watched the entire series from the bench. The highlight of his international career came in 1988 when he led the USSR to the gold medal at the Calgary Olympics, starting all eight games for his country. He also was the number one goalie for the Soviets in the 1987 Canada Cup, won by Canada and was the victim of Mario Lemieux's now famous series winning goal off a pass from Wayne Gretzky late in the third and deciding game at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.

In 1989, at the age of 31, Mylnikov was still considered to be a top international goalie and so the Quebec Nordiques drafted him in the seventh round, 127th overall. He played ten games with the Nordiques in 1989-90, but posted a dismal 1-7-2 record with a shaky 4.96 GAA and that marked the end of his short NHL career. He later admitted he did not feel comfortable in his new surroundings and found it difficult acclimatizing to the new culture. Mylnikov opted to return to his homeland and retired from hockey altogether soon thereafter. He lives in Chelyabinsk with his family.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1976-77 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 2 1 1.00
1976-77 Soviet Union WJC-A 2 3.00
1977-78 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 22 1 3.46
1977-78 Soviet Union WJC-A 3 1 0 0 0 1.63
1978-79 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 32
1979-80 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 17
1980-81 SKA Leningrad USSR 40
1981-82 SKA Leningrad USSR 42 2 3.37
1982-83 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 37 0 3.64
1983-84 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 37 4 2.51
1984-85 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 28
1984-85 Soviet Union WEC-A 1 0 0 0 0 9.00
1985-86 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 37 6 2.70
1985-86 CSKA Moscow Super-S 6 5 1 0 0 2.64
1985-86 Soviet Union WEC-A 3 3 0 0 0 1.33
1986-87 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 36 2 3.00
1986-87 Soviet Union RV-87
1986-87 Soviet Union WEC-A
1987-88 Soviet Union Can-Cup 6 5 1 0 1 2.96
1987-88 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 28 2 2.66
1987-88 Soviet Union Olympics 8 7 1 0 2 1.62
1988-89 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 33 2 2.73
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 6 3 2 1 1 2.93
1988-89 Soviet Union WEC-A 7 7 0 0 1 1.57
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 10 1 7 2 0 4.96
1989-90 Soviet Union WEC-A 5 4 1 0 1 1.71
1990-91 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR 23 2 2.60
1990-91 Traktor Chelyabinsk USSR-Q 24
1991-92 Torpedo Yaroslavl CIS 23 0 3.55
1992-93 Torpedo Yaroslavl CIS 23 2.66 2 0 4.00
1993-94 Saters IF Sweden-3 29
1994-95 Saters IF Sweden-3 10
NHL Totals 10 1 7 2 0 4.96


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