Alexander Nikolayevich Maltsev / Александр Николаевич Мальцев - Born April 20, 1949 in Kirovo-Chepetsk, USSR is a retired Soviet ice Hockey forward.
Maltsev began his Hockey career with his hometown Olympia Kirovo-Chepetsk.
Maltsev then played his entire career for Dynamo Moscow in the Soviet League for 530 games from 1967 to 1984. In that time he scored 329 goals while leading Dynamo Moscow to 6 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. He was one of the few stars not to play for CSKA Moscow Red Army team. A six-time Soviet all-star, he led the league in scoring in 1970–71 and tied with Valeri Kharlamov for MVP in 1971–72.
Maltsev is best known to North Americans for his starring role in the 1972 Summit Series where he teamed with CCCP's most dangerous individual player, Valeri Kharlamov. He was a set up man for Kharlamov who was the trigger man. His five assists in 8 games tied him for second on the Series' assist list. When Kharlamov scored his two goals in game one to shock the Canadians and take a demanding lead, Maltsev, was the guy who set him up.
Maltsev was on the USSR National Team, and was a Olympic gold medalist at Sapporo in 1972 and Innsbruck in 1976, silver medalist at Lake Placid in 1980.
In the famous 1980 Olympic Hockey game against the United States, dubbed the "Miracle on Ice," Maltsev scored the Soviet's final goal which, at the time, gave his team a 3-2 lead.
Maltsev also starred in the 1976 Canada Cup. He scored 3 goals, 4 assists and 2 minutes in penalties in 5 games and was the only Russian named to the tournament All Star team.
Maltsev also played in 12 IIHF World Championships, winning gold in 9 of those tournaments in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981 and 1983, and was named the best forward three times at the IIHF World and European Championships in 1970, 1972 and 1981, leading the tournament in goals once and total scoring twice. He made the world championship all-star team on five occasions in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1981.
A diminutive but craft puckhandler, Maltsev's 212 career goals in international play were the most by any Soviet player, where he played in 319 USSR national team matches, and appeared in more international games than any other Soviet player.
Maltsev also played in 14 Izvestia / Baltica Cup tournaments from 1968 to 1982.
Maltsev coached the juniors of Dynamo Moscow after retiring, and is the current advisor to HC Dynamo Moscow's president.
Maltsev was awarded the Medal For Labour Heroism in 1972, the Order of the Badge of Honor in 1976, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1978, and in 1969 honoured USSR Master of Sports.
Alexander Nikolaevich Maltsev was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1999.