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03-25-2009, 08:02 AM
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HC Sparta Praha is pleased to select its top blueliners

Alexei Gusarov, 6'2 183lbs, positionally-solid, skilled defenseman

- played on the top Soviet national team from 1984-1991 incl. Canada Cups ('84, '87, '91)
- 9th all-time in games played on Soviet national team with 186 games (18 goals)
- multiple world championship winner (1986, '88, '90)
- Olympic Gold medalist (1988)
- Stanley Cup champion (1996)
- in 1998, Gusarov and Foote as a tandem led the NHL in shorthanded time with almost 4 minutes-per-game average each (as per pnep stats)

... a fine positional player with an ability to make useful passes on offense. A veteran of several years in the Soviet League, he adapted quickly to the rigours of the NHL season and accepted a variety of roles.. the powerful Central Red Army of Moscow. He was a top player on the club for seven years and helped the USSR win the gold medal at the Calgary Olympics in 1988.... The steady rearguard provided stability on the Nords' blueline and was part of the club's resurgence from the league's doormat to a first place finish in the Lockout-shortened regular season in 1995. The next year Gusarov remained with the franchise when it relocated to Colorado. During the 1996 post-season he provided savvy and nine assists while helping the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup. He took a regular shift on the powerful club until the early stages of the 2000-01 season... picked up by the St. Louis Blues as they prepared to make a statement in the Western Conference playoffs. He was a useful player in 16 games as a the Blues reached the semifinals... retired as one of the few members of the Triple Gold Club, having won the 1989 IIHF World Championship, the 1996 Stanley Cup, and the Olympic gold medal in 1988.


Igor Romishevsky, 5'10, 176lbs. elite level defenseman

- on Soviet national team from 1965-1972 (15 goals in 129 games)
- two-time Olympic gold medalist (1968, '72)
- four-time world championship winner (1968, '69, '70, '71)
- three-time 2nd team all-star in Soviet league (1968, '69, '71) (126 goals in 437 games)

...absence of several world-class players affected the performance of the Soviets in the 1972 Summit Series. Obviously, the Olympic Champions Igor Romishevsky, Vitaly Davydov and, especially, Anatoly Firsov could have been a powerful addition to the Soviet team in the 1972 Summit.


Alfred Kuchevsky, 5'11, 175 lbs star defenseman

- three-time Soviet 1st team All Star (1953, 1954, 1960)
- two time world championship winner (1954, 1956)
- two-time Olympic medalist, Gold (1956), Bronze (1960)


Genrikh Sidorenkov, 5'10, 185 lbs. star defenseman

- three-time Soviet 1st team All Star (1959, 1960, 1961)
- nine years on Soviet national team (1954-1962) (15 goals in 107 games)
- 42 goals in 310 Soviet league games
- two-time Olympic medalist, gold (1956), bronze (1960)
- two time world championship winner, Gold (1954, '56)


NOTE: In 1960 the two greatest Soviet blueliners were Kuchevsky and Sidorenkov, each three-time 1st team all-stars, and both on the 1956 Olympic gold medal team. They will be paired up for Sparta Praha.

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