It will be interesting to see whether center Igor Larionov accompanies the Soviet hockey team when it arrives for the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary.

Larionov, who achieved notoriety for a lengthy postgame party with Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey during the 1984 Canada Cup, recently criticized the Soviets' system of 11-month training in an interview with the Soviet publication Football-Hockey.

Larionov, 27, was quoted as saying, "I am tired of the training regime, of the endless separation from home when necessary and when not necessary. I have a 7-month-old daughter, Elena, whom my wife is alone to take care of. I can do nothing worthwhile to help."

Larionov, drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1985, has made it clear in the past that he would like to try the National Hockey League. One reason is because Soviet players are placed in training camps 11 months of the year, with only June off and once-a-week family visits permitted the rest of the time.

Larionov also criticized the absence of competition in the Soviet First Division, where his stacked Central Red Army club has won 11 straight championships.

"For five years winning the national championship has brought no joy or interest to me," Larionov said. "Sometimes you are ashamed when you see that a team quite openly does not want to compete against you or is unable to compete." Coaches Answer Questions

To add interest to the one-sided Soviet league schedule, coaches have been ordered to sit at center ice after games and answer questions submitted by media and fans . . . If Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux could play against the New York Rangers every night, he might wrest the scoring title away from Wayne Gretzky. Lemieux has 51 points in 24 games against the Rangers. By contrast, he has only 18 points in 19 meetings with Washington . . . The Penguins are 6-1-1 with Coffey in the lineup, 1-2-0 while he was out nursing a bruised right knee . . . Vancouver Coach Bob McCammon is trying to take away his players' age-old crutch of citing travel as an excuse for failure. "I don't buy travel as an excuse; Edmonton got 111 points and they've got almost the same travel problems we do," McCammon said . . .

Despite an absence of big names, Calgary is leading the Smythe Division. Coach Terry Crisp credits the excellent work of his role players, saying, "Everybody has a role in the NHL. When I played for the Flyers, we didn't exactly bring Kate Smith to play on the power play, but we expected her to sing a good 'God Bless America.' " . . . It will take more than the threat of fines to stop St. Louis General Manager Ron Caron from criticizing officials. His major complaint is with the supervisors who watch the game but do not talk to the officials until afterward. "My assistant coaches go down at each intermission and pass on ideas," Caron said. "Why can't these super officials do that, too? They just take up a seat. I don't know what we pay them for." . . .

Pierre Larouche of the Rangers once played for Montreal, so perhaps he knows of what he spoke when he said, "One thing about Montreal -- in that building, they always have one or two goals on a visitor because of the refereeing." . . . Paul Cavallini has found a different atmosphere in the St. Louis dressing room from the one he left in Washington: "It's more of a family. There are a lot of younger players and we're more together on the same level. We live in the same area and have the same things in common. In Washington, it was only myself and Eddie {Kastelic} and a couple of others breaking into the league. I just wasn't that comfortable." . . . The Pittsburgh Penguins came up with novel Christmas card. On the front is a photo of New Jersey players in the penalty box battling Pittsburgh fans. The inside reads, "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men." Streak Reaches 30 Games

Center Mike Richard, the Washington farmhand in Binghamton, has scored in 30 straight games, erasing the American League record of 28 set in 1981-82 by Binghamton's Bob Sullivan. Richard at least one point in 39 of 43 games as a pro, yet he does not consider himself ready for the NHL. "I'm still learning and I don't think I'm ready to go up now," Richard said. Asked if he had been following Washington's fortunes, Richard replied, "I have no idea how they're doing. I don't read the paper." . . . Another Binghamton player, Hartford farmhand Shane Churla, established a club mark of 691 penalty minutes in 96 games. Former record holder Randy McGregor needed 374 games to collect 670 minutes . . . Minnesota Coach Herb Brooks and Detroit Coach Jacques Demers had a shouting match the other night. Demers was yelling at Minnesota's Keith Acton when Brooks shouted, "Don't yap at my players, yap at me." Demers did just that and Brooks, in responding, leaned on the plastic sheet that separates the benches, shattering it . . . The Capitals' auction Sunday netted $33,750 for area youth hockey.

Maple Leafs 0, North Stars 0:

Toronto and Minnesota played to a 0-0 tie last night in Toronto.

The North Stars produced four shots on net during the five-minute overtime and Toronto had one, but none of the shots was a serious scoring chance.

The scoreless game was the first for the North Stars since March 13, 1971, against Philadelphia. It was Toronto's first since Oct. 27, 1972, against Vancouver. Earlier this season, Montreal and Hartford played a 0-0 tie.

It was the first NHL shutout for Minnesota goalie Kari Takko (33 saves) and second shutout this season for Toronto's Allen Bester (28 saves).

Referee Bob Myers assessed 38 minor penalties, five majors and three 10-minute misconducts for a total of 131 minutes in penalties.

Yet, neither team could score a power-play goal. Both went 0-for-8 with a man advantage.