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08-12-2009, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Triffy View Post
A legitimate and very necessary question. I would be very interested to hear whether international play was involved or was it just national league based like the Hart trophy.
Nikolai Drozdetsky finished 3rd in Soviet League scoring in both 1981 and 1984. He was not Top 5 in MVP voting in 1981, but he won it in 1984 (technically, the Soviet Player of the Year" Award, not MVP). He won the award after his amazing performance in the Olympics that year (10 goals in 7 games). While not conclusive proof, it does seem to indicate that international play was a factor.

1984 was also the only year Drozdetsky finished Top 5 in voting for the award.

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