Twenty years of Soviet Hockey: 1962 - 1982
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10-31-2008, 02:59 PM
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- given the similarities in overall quality between Maltsev's career and that of Army Line bookends Kharlamov and Mikhailov, it is strange that he goes largely unheralded among North American fans. This is probably due to nothing more profound than a lack of press. Maltsev didn't stand out like Kharlamov in 72 (though his 0-5-5 was good for 9th in scoring in the tournament, tied with Mikhailov, Cournoyer and Park), and was never a member of a famous line, nor Soviet captain like Mikhailov. He played for Dynamo and not for CSKA, and was never a Soviet champion. In short, Maltsev's greatness was quieter than that of his better-known countrymen. There is good reason to believe, however, that he was of similar quality.
Yep, I think you've got it. Also, Maltsev never stood out as much against Canada as Mikhailov, Kharlamov, Yakushev, or Makarov did at different points in time. Maltsev's strongest 'visible' performance was in the '76 Canada Cup, when he was named an all-star, but even then he didn't really stand out in the game against Canada.
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