Veniamin Veniaminovich Alexandrov (Russian: Вениамин Вениаминович Александров; b. April 18, 1937 in Moscow, Soviet Union - d. November 12, 1991) was a Soviet ice Hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for HC CSKA Moscow, Moscow Selects and the Soviet National Team.
Seasons on the national team roster: 11
Scored 119 goals in 161 games with the national team.
First Game: Saturday, December 29, 1956
USSR vs. EAST GERMANY, Exhibition Game,
Rostock, East Germany
Last Game: Tuesday, February 13, 1968
USSR vs. SWEDEN, Winter Olympics,
Playing on the second great troika with Alexander Almetev and Konstantin Loktev, Veniamin Alexandrov was considered the greatest Soviet player of his time.
Alexandrov drew some incredible comparisons. He was dubbed "Bobrov 2" in Russia, after the first great Soviet star, Vsevolod Bobrov. The great Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov had another comparison though - Montreal Canadiens star Maurice "Rocket" Richard.
"I think that our Alexandrov, by his style of game, by his ability to keep a level head even in the most explosive situations, looks something like Maurice Richard, the great master of attack," said Tarasov in his book Road to Olympus.
Alexandrov's first appearance with the Soviet national team came at Bobrov's absence. With Bobrov injured in 1955, it was 18 year old Alexandrov who assumed the top left wing sot on the line with Viktor Shuvalov and Yevgeny Babich. He was said to have slid into the line with great maturity, and, according to the book Kings Of The Ice, had "an elegant style that closely resembled that of the player he had replaced."
Upon Bobrov's return Alexandrov struggled to find regular linemates, but eventually settled in with Konstantin Loktev on right wing and later Alexander Almetov at center. The trio would dominate international hockey in the 1960s.
Alexandrov scored the Golden Goal vs Team Canada at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics Gold Medal Game
He was inducted into the Russian and Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963.
IIHF Hall of Fame 2007
1964, 1968 Winter Olympics Gold Medal Winner
1960 Winter Olympics Bronze Medal Winner
1963, 1965, 1966, 1967 World Championship Gold Medal Winner
1966, 1967 World Championship All-Star
51 G, 31 A, 70 Pts in 57 World Championship Games
17 G, 13 A, 30 Pts in 19 Winter Olympics Games