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LW - Venjamin Alexandrov


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Originally Posted by KuklasKorner
A top forward during the Sovietís quick ascent to the top of the hockey world in the 1950s and early 1960s, Alexandrov won six world championship titles. Totalling 104 points in 11 world tournaments, 8th best all time, he also captured 3 silver and 2 bronze. He also captured Olympic gold in 1964 and 1968, and a bronze in 1960. Alexandrov died on Nov 12, 1991.
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Originally Posted by IHL
Playing on the second great troika with XXXXX and XXXXXXX, Venjamin Alexandrov was considered the greatest Soviet player of his time.

Alexandrov drew some incredible comparisons. He was dubbed "Bobrov 2" in Russia, after the first great Soviet star, Vsevolod Bobrov. The great Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov had another comparison though - Montreal Canadiens star Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

Tarasov once had a conversation with the Rocket, where Richard said his secret to success was to not worry about the two or three burly defensemen that are about to crush him as he shoots on goal. He concentrates only on finding the open spot in the net, and takes whatever punishment the other team can dish out. After all, as long as Richard scored, he would be handing out the ultimate punishment. Tarasov instantly thought of his own Alexandrov when Richard had said this.
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Originally Posted by Anatoli Tarasov
I think that our Alexandrov, by his style of game, by his ability to keep a level head even in the most explosive situations, looks something like Maurice Richard, the great master of attack.

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