Vyacheslav Butsayev began his hockey career in 1986 with Torpedo Togliatti and in 1989 joined CSKA Moskva, playing there until 1992. With CSKA Moskva, Butsayev won a European Champions Cup in 1990, a silver at the 1990 Soviet Championships and won the 1992 CIS Championships. In 1991 he was also named as part of the best line at the Soviet Championships. In 1993 Butsayev went to the NHL, starting with the Philadelphia Flyers, then playing with the San Jose Sharks and later the Anaheim Ducks. In 1995-96 he played with the Baltimore Bandits in the American Hockey League and in 1996-97 he played in Sweden with Färjestads BK. He then played three more NHL seasons with the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning, before finishing his career in Russia, where he played with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (2001-04), CSKA Moskva (2004-05), HK MVD (2005-06) and HK Dmitrov (2006-07), winning Russian titles in 2002 and 2003. Internationally, besides his Olympic gold, Butsayev won a World Championship in 1993 and European Championship in 1991, also winning silver at the 2002 and bronze at the 1991 Worlds, and played for Russia at the 1992, 1997 and 2004 World Championships. Butsayev also won gold at the 1990 Goodwill Games and a bronze at the 1996 World Cup.