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05-06-2009, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
Novy is underrated, though the knock on him in Europe is that he was a disappointing international performer who often wilted under physical pressure. During that period, the Soviets feared and hated Vlad Martinec a lot more than Novy.
Yep, and it showed on the ice sometimes. Wasn't it Dr. Jan Starsi (the other Team CSSR coach in the late Seventies) who said something like, "why is it that every time the Czechoslovaks are giving the Soviets a tough game, Vladimir Martinec ends up in hospital"? Obviously that's an exaggeration, but there's at least one known nasty incident (1974 WC in Helsinki).

Novy had a brilliant Canada Cup in 1976 (though he scored only 1 point more than Martinec, for instance); very timely goal-scoring there.

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