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09-07-2009, 08:52 AM
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Halifax selects Alexander Skvortsov, a Soviet winger whose international peaks weren't as brilliant as those of Shepelev and Golikov, but whose career outlasted both of the others in terms of years on the national team and goal production in the Soviet league. He has 292 career goals overall, the most among undrafted Soviets, and his Soviet league goal total of 244 is only ten shy of Bobrov's, 21st all time. He had three remarkable seasons in the eighties in which just two or three players significantly outscored him in the Soviet top league. His production is as surprising as his tenure on the national team, as he came from the unlikely team Torpedo Gorky, whereas most national team members played for the Red Army or at least a Moscow based team. He was on the Canada Cup '76 squad and then not again until in 1979 he led a group of B-rated Soviet "All-stars" in goal scoring in a 6-game tour against the WHA, notching a team-leading four goals. He was selected to play on the A-team of Soviets against the NHL All-Stars in the three-game '79 Challenge Cup series and had two assists in three games. He scored 45+ points in about 70 sanctioned international tourneys between 1979-85 (records are spotty), including World Championship gold medal wins in 1979, 1981 and 1983, the '81 Canada Cup victory in which he scored the 8th goal against Canada on a breakaway that Liut barely moved to try and save, it being such a humiliating defeat 8-1. Skvortsov knows what that's like, having played in the '80 Olympics, though redemption came in the gold medal he won as part of the '84 Olympics team.



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