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Viacheslav "Slava" Alexandrovich Fetisov (Вячеслав "Слава" Александрович Фетисов; born April 20, 1958, in Moscow, USSR) is a ice hockey defenseman, considered one of the best defensemen of all time, a long-time captain for the Soviet Union national team. With Igor Larionov, he was instrumental in breaking the barrier that stopped Soviet players from joining the NHL. Fetisov was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
Fetisov played for CSKA Moscow (1975–1989), New Jersey Devils (1989–1995), and Detroit Red Wings (1995–1998). On the international stage, he is one of the most decorated players ever, winning two golds (1984, 1988) and one silver (1980) in the Olympics, and seven golds (1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990), one silver (1987), and two bronzes (1985, 1991) in the World Championships. Fetisov also won two Stanley Cups with Detroit (1997, 1998). After retiring as a player, he became an assistant coach with New Jersey (1999–2002), winning the Stanley Cup in 2000. At the 2002 Olympics, Fetisov was head coach of the Russian Olympic Team, winning the bronze. He is currently Minister of Sport in Russia.
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