All-Time Draft #12, Part II
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09-28-2009, 05:23 PM
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C/RW Aleksandr Maltsev
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It is often said that if you were some how able to rank the top players in the history of hockey, a number of the members of the Soviet Red Army would be included near the top. Some would say Alexander Maltsev would top that list.
However there is little doubt that Maltsev ranks among the most talented hockey players ever.
In Soviet League play Alexander played in 530 games from 1967 to 1984. In that time he scored 329 goals while leading Dynamo Moscow to 6 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. The Red Army, stacked with all the best players, almost annually won the gold medal. Dynamo Moscow is generally considered to be Russia's second most successful team.
-4 times Top 3 in Soviet League scoring (1st in 70-71, 2nd in 73-74, 3rd in 75-76, 3rd in 76-77)
-8 times Top 4 in Soviet League MVP voting (1st in 71-72, 2nd in 69-70, 2nd in 80-81, 3rd in 70-71, 4th in 73-74, 4th in 75-76, 5th in 77-78, 4th in 79-80)
-11 times Top 8 in Soviet League MVP voting (6th in 76-77, 8th in 72-73, 8th in 74-75)
-7 times Soviet League All-Star (69-70, 70-71, 71-72, 73-74, 77-78, 79-80, 80-81)
-IIHF Best Forward: 1970, 72, 81
-IIHF all-star: 1970, 71, 72, 78, 81
-World Championships top-5 scoring: 1st (70), 1st (72), 3rd (71), 3rd (78), 3rd (81)
-Olympics top-5 scoring: 1st (76), 5th (72)
-Allstar in the 1976 Canada Cup (only Soviet Allstar)
-All-time Soviet international goal leader: 213
All-TimeSoviet League MVP shares:
Firsov 1.12 (MVP award not available for most of his career)
(credit to sturminator and triffy for most of the original research)
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Maltsev is of course best known to North Americans for his starring role in the 1972 Summit Series where he teamed with CCCP's most dangerous individual player, Valeri Kharlamov. He was a set up man for Kharlamov who was the trigger man. His five assists tied him for second on the Series' assist list.
When Kharlamov scored his two goals in game one to shock the Canadians and take a demanding lead, Maltsev, was the guy who set him up.
Alexander Maltsev also starred in the 1976 Canada Cup. He scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 5 games and was the only Russian named to the tournament All Star team.
Like Ovechkin, Maltsev was a creative player who was not afraid to try unique plays in practice or in games. In a game against Dynamo Berlin he was once reported to have scored a goal by flipping the puck over net while he darted out in front to knock the puck passed the goalie baseball style. Valeri Kharlamov, Pavel Bure and Pavel Datsyuk, amongst other Russian stars, have tried to emulate the famous goal, but with no success.
Maltsev was "born to be a hockey player," and it showed. He loved to be on the ice, even if it was just practice. He was said to be "out of sorts" when away from the rink, anxious to get back to it. He seemed to crave the attention he could generate with his game. Retirement from the game was said to be extremely tough for him.
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- Maltsev is perhaps the greatest international forward (leaving Tretiak and the defensemen out) in Soviet history. His achievements on international ice outshine all of the players thus far profiled, and there is a good argument that he was superior to Makarov, or at least on the same level.
- given the similarities in overall quality between Maltsev's career and that of Army Line bookends Kharlamov and Mikhailov, it is strange that he goes largely unheralded among North American fans. This is probably due to nothing more profound than a lack of press. Maltsev didn't stand out like Kharlamov in 72 (though his 0-5-5 was good for 9th in scoring in the tournament, tied with Mikhailov, Cournoyer and Park), and was never a member of a famous line, nor Soviet captain like Mikhailov. He played for Dynamo and not for CSKA, and was never a Soviet champion. In short, Maltsev's greatness was quieter than that of his better-known countrymen. There is good reason to believe, however, that he was of similar quality.
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