Were the Russian better than the Canadians in hockey over the years?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavourite answer
Depends on your measure. Canada has more gold than the Russians/Soviets. Canada was big first, then the Soviets dominated, and now it's back to Canada.
I think Canada holds a 9-7 edge.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Nyet Nyet Soviet.
- 1 month ago
You can't really count world championships since the NHL is still playing while they're being contested (the KHL season is done along with the European leagues), so Canada sends whatever players aren't injured and aren't still playing.
Let's use Olympics over the last 30 years.
Russia has 2 gold medals, both of which have big giant asterisks. In 1992 they won as the "Unified Team" (using players from Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine in addition to Russia), beating Canada. In 2018 (when NHL players didn't participate and Russia was banned because of doping but had the silly "Olympic Athletes from Russia moniker and were using KHL players (including Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk) they also won gold, beating Germany. They've never won a best-on-best by themselves.
Canada has golds in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
World Cups? Canada has golds in 2004 and 2016. Russia has never won a World Cup since the current format began in 1996.