Changing of the (Red) Guard

ovi-tarasenko (Photo courtesy of Dave Sandford)

The 80s saw the first hockey players from the Soviet Union make it to the NHL. These early pioneers risked much to defect so they could play in the US and Canada. Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov broke the barrier that allowed Soviet players to more freely move to the NHL. Since then, we have seen many great names come from Russia and other former Soviet bloc countries.
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