The 2011 Gagarin Cup final was impressive. At one corner of the ring, Atlant, led by Sergei Mozyakin on the ice and the late Milos Riha on the bench, unexpectedly found itself. In the other corner was the mighty Salavat Yulaev, who boasted what was arguably the greatest roster in recent history and the legendary coaching duo of Vyacheslav Bykov and Igor Zakharkin. Ufa’s Goliath prevented Moscow Region’s David from defeating itself, with a 4-1 in the series, and Salavat took the Cup home for the first and so far only time.
Alexander Radulov was one of the creators of that success — the championship season was the most productive for Alexander in the KHL. In 75 regular-season and playoff games, the Salavat Yulaev leader scored 98 (23+75) points — the closest anyone had gotten to a hundred points in a season at the time.
Three times in his career did Radulov become the top scorer of the KHL’s regular season. Four times he was the top scorer of the whole season. Radulov’s efficiency time after time allowed him to break different records and achievements. In 2012, for example, he was the first in the League to break the 300-point mark. The Ak Bars recruit has a total of 581 (193+388) points in 483 games, which is the fourth best result in the KHL.
Only two players in KHL history have won four Golden Sticks. Alexander Radulov and Sergei Mozyakin were the most frequent winners of the Most Valuable Player Award in the regular season. The two star players, who over the years have literally wrested the title of the most prolific player in the League from each other, follow one another in the list of recipients of the honorary award. Radulov won the Golden Stick three times in a row while playing for Salavat Yulaev, with triumphs in in 2010, 2011, and 2012. This unique achievement, in theory, can be repeated by Radulov’s new teammate Vadim Shipachyov. Radulov won another Golden Stick following the 2014-2015 campaign.
And this achievement is also unique in some ways. Radulov played for CSKA that season, making him the only player in the League’s history to be awarded the Golden Stick while representing different teams.
Perhaps Radulov’s goal against Yugra in October 2010 was one of the most memorable of the star forward’s career. Why? It’s simple — for the next seven or so years, this was the fastest goal in the KHL. It took only six seconds for Radulov to put the puck on the back of Mikhail Biryukov’s net.
The record, however, fell in 2017, when Lokomotiv’s Alexander Yelesin scored in the fifth second of the game. However, Yelesin is a defenseman, so Radulov still holds the top spot among forwards.
Radulov played eight seasons in the League, and every year he was picked to play in the All-Star Game. Only once did the forward miss an All-Star game due to injury, but the rest of the times he always delighted the fans with his appearance. And he seemed to be having a lot of fun himself, like at the 2016 All-Star Game in Moscow, when Radulov was named captain of Team West. Yes, when he played on goal. As the saying goes, a talented man is talented at everything!
Alexander Radulov set one of the most impressive records in the league in 2010. He scored in 17 (!) consecutive games. Nine goals and 21 assists — that’s an incredible record! In 2021 Reid Boucher (Avangard) was able to repeat Radulov’s achievement (he scored 21 points in 17 consecutive games), but so far no one could surpass Alexander’s record.