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11-18-2008, 11:39 AM
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Tikhonov picked Firsov?

That might be the best thing I've ever seen him do, given the political infighting and how Firsov was so poorly treated after his playing career when Tikhonov was ascendant.
Firsov is their greatest player of all time. Marshall Johnston still calls him the best player he ever saw after they competed in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics and several world championships.
Larionov speaks of him in hushed tones and said he was proud that they became friends.
Firsov led the World Championships in scoring for three straight years and broke the scoring record in 1968. His Soviet teams won the World Championship every year from 1964 to 1971. He played on seven Soviet League championship teams.
Firsov was named to five straight All Star teams at the World Championships. The amazing thing is that he was named an All Star at left wing in 1967 and 1969 and as a right wing in 1968 and 1971. He was honored with the prestigious Directorate Award at the 1967, 1968 and 1971 World Championships.<p>
In 1968, Firsov's 12 tournament goals broke a 17-year-old Olympic record.
He was a better all-around player than Kharlamov. He had a better shot and was a better skater.
Hard as it is to admit, he was the best hockey player in the world in the late 1960s.

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