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RW/D Stanislav Petukhov

19 goals in 46 games for Soviet National Team
Soviet Hockey Hall of Fame Member
170 goals in 368 career Soviet League games
3x Top 7 goal scoring in Soviet League (5, 7, 7)
2x Olympic Medalist (1 Gold, 1 Silver)
1x World Championship Gold Medalist

When Stanislav Petukhov first appeared in the Dynamo Moscow lineup, he was noticed right away. He was tall, well-built, and at the same time graceful and agile. He became a star because he had a number of exceptional abilities, including an excellent skating style, great speed, and a powerful shot. This winger's physical strength and consummate technical skill enabled him to play a good game in front of the opponent's net, where he always felt comfortable. As well, he had an exceptional ability to slap the puck into the net after it was deflected by the goaltender.

He had his own particular way of playing the crease, as well as a feel for the polished, diversified, and well-set-up plays. He never tried to take advantage of his huge frame. Always keeping his eye on the puck, he ignored attempts to push him out of the crease. Whenever he could, he would take a shot on goal without hesitation.

Petukhov's skill at the boards and in the corners of the rink - something most forwards lacked - also distinguished his style of play. This wasn't only because of his physical strength. His game near the boards wasn't a spontaneous reaction to what was happening there but a conscious strategy aimed at further developing plays. His tactical maturity was evident in the mutual understanding he developed with partners who had a different style of play.

Petukhov played major league hockey for 13 years, all of them with Dynamo Moscow. He was lucky to avoid any serious injury, loss of capability and conflicts with coaches. Petukhov began playing as a forward and ended his career on the defense line. This wasn't by choice but due to changes in team tactics. To his credit, Petukhov immediately accepted the coach's decision, putting aside his personal ambitions.

There are obvious differences between playing defense and being on the forward line, and Petukhov quickly mastered the new skills. His previous experience as a forward made his game in defense more polished and streamlined. But whenever he charged from one end of the rink to the other, you could feel that he was essentially a forward. yet when he returned to his own zone, he would meet oncoming opponents with a stiff bodycheck in order to get a hold of the puck or paste them to the boards like a true defenseman.
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