With the Stanley Cup Finals underway and a potential for four new Russians to be immortalized, we here at FRWG decided to take a look back to see how the comrades of yesteryear ranked amongst one another. Criteria included a minimum of 500 NHL games, at least one cup, stats of the non fancy variety, and a whole lot of eternal struggle.
Note this list is not set in stone and a will likely look very different following the conclusion of the careers of today’s Russian stars.
Here we go!
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Late last night, the family of Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov announced the 84-year-old coaching legend had passed away. One of hockey’s greatest minds was said to be bedridden for weeks with an undisclosed illness.
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It appears Slava Kozlov’s storied NHL career has come to an end as the 38-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal with his former Russian club CSKA Moscow of the KHL. Kozlov’s now former club the Atlanta Thrashers opted not to resign the veteran who had spent the last seven years with the team where he scored 145 of his 356 career goals.
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On Thursday it was announced that former Soviet Union and NHL great Slava Fetisov would come out of retirement and suit up for CSKA Moscow of the KHL at the age of 51. Fetisov last played in a competitive match in 1998 when he was 40.
Fetisov, who serves as a lawmaker for the Federation Council of Russia as well as president of CSKA will feature in the team’s line-up on Friday against SKA St.Petersburg. According to head coach and also former NHL player Sergei Nemchinov, Fetisov will be filling in for a defenseman who is already injured.
Referred to as the Russian Bobby Orr, Fetisov captured two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and one as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils where he would also play prior to joining the Wings in 1995.
It is unclear whether he will play for the rest of the season but it is certainly exciting to see one of hockey’s most decorated and respected players lace up his skates once again.