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03-23-2009, 09:09 AM
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HC Sparta Praha next selects the best of the 'Kid Line' in this GMs opinion, the only one of the line not to be drafted, his centerman went in MLD10 and his other winger in AAA10 but the one with the diverse skillset to be effective in an all-time context, and by far the longest national team career of any of that line

Yuri Lebedev, physical right wing

- played nine years on the Soviet national team (1972-81) scoring 22 goals in 123 international games
- scored 4 points in 8 games of the 1972 Summit Series (also took penalties for roughing, highsticking and misconduct)
- also played in '74 Summit series (4 pts in 7 games), Canada Cup '76, SuperSeries '75-'76, '78-'79, '79-'80
- won six world championships (Gold in 1973-1975, 1978-1979, 1981)
- won three Soviet league championships (1970, 1971, 1974)
- scored 399 points and 443 PIM in 473 Soviet league games

...a technically excellent player who was key to his line's offense. He had uncanny on-ice vision and was dangerous on one-on-one situations.

... an aggressive and passionate grinder...

Yuri Lebedev was a forward of the famous Lebedev-Anisin-Bodunov line in the 1970's.

All three players began to play hockey in CSKA after graduation from its youth hockey program. They were the ones that led a relatively unspectacular Krylya Sovetov team to the USSR chamionship in 1974.

Lebedev was not as slick in skating as his linemates but he was a fighting spirit behind the successes of his line and had great stick handling skills. He was one of the most respected forwards in the Soviet hockey and played for the national team much longer than his linemates

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