Fetisov, 51, skates in loss for Russian team
There was no “Miracle on Ice” for 51-year-old Slava
Shortly after Fetisov became the oldest Russian to play in the
Continental Hockey League for CSKA Moscow, he said it would be his
Fetisov hadn’t played competitively in 11 years, and called the
3-2 loss Friday to SKA St. Petersburg “very intense.”
“I think that was the only game for me to take part,” he said,
according to the RIA Novosti news agency. “We have plenty of young
The Russian club called up its team president and former hockey
star to skate after a player was injured. Fetisov admitted it was
physically challenging, adding, “I tried to hold on, I tried to
play to the maximum.”
Several Russian cabinet members and other top officials were
among the crowd of more than 5,000 at the game. Fetisov is now a
member of the Russian parliament.
The defenseman and former captain of the Soviet national team
ended his professional career after winning a second straight
Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. Fetisov played on
the Soviet team that lost to the U.S. in the semifinals of the 1980
Lake Placid Olympics.
CSKA coach Sergei Nemchinov doesn’t want to retire Fetisov so
“He did it well today,” Nemchinov told RIA Novosti.
Fetisov’s return led the news on Russia’s state television
channels throughout the day.