Viacheslav Fetisov will forever live in Detroit Red Wings lore as a defenseman on the back-to-back championship teams of 1997 and 1998. Along with Vyacheslav Koslov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Federov, and Igor Larionov, Fetisov completed a line of Russian-born players known in Detroit and throughout the National Hockey League as The Russian Five. Fetisov is now a central character in a new film, Red Army, that discusses the history of the great national hockey teams of the former Soviet Union.
Let’s flashback 25 years to 1995 when the Detroit Red Wings ‘Russian Five’ got into a line brawl with the New York Rangers. I would pay top dollar to go back in time to see Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Slava Kozlov, Igor Larionov and Vladimir Konstantinov playing together in their prime just one more time. Enjoy the rumble!