All-Time Draft #11, Part 4
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05-07-2009, 04:11 PM
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With our twentieth selection, the 568th overall in this year All-Time Draft, the Detroit Falcons are please to select
Defenseman Alexander Gusev
USSR Gold (1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978)
World Cup Gold (1973, 1974)
Merited Sports Master (1973)
IIHF All Stars (1973)
Member of the Russian Hockey Hall of Fame (1973)
Top-5 Scoring among defenseman (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd)
Top-5 Goalscoring among defenseman (2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th)
Top-5 Assist among defenseman (1st, 2nd)
Top-5 Penalty Minutes (1st, 1st, 2nd)
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Alexander Gusev was probably one of the most memorable Soviet defensemen of the 1970s. His style was based on both exceptional athletic strength and outstanding technical skills. As a result of this, he was equally strong in defense and offense. His mastery of hard-hitting physical game made him one of the toughest Soviet blueliners to pass by in the 1970s. His flashy puck handling skills and extremely strong slapshot made him one of the top scoring defensemen of all time.
In 1967, he had his debut with the CSKA in the Soviet elite league and soon
became one of the best blueliners of this legendary club.
Alexander Gusev was considered one of the strongest Soviet blueliners in the 1970's.
He was a graduate of the CSKA youth hockey program and spent most of this career playing in the Red Army Club.
Being an exceptionally strong athlete, Gusev was an effective player at both ends of the ice quiet often showcasing mastery of physical game and bodychecking. He enjoyed the respect of hockey specialists for his wicked slapshot and hard-hitting style in defense.
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Alexander Gusev was a big defenseman known as a physical player and hard open-ice hitter in the Soviet league
Gusev was also known in Russia for his booming slapshot.
Gusev played in 6 of 8 games (1972 Summit Series), and would serve him well
in becoming an elite player in the latter half of 1970s.
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