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02-02-2011, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
His skating was unequaled and his passing and shooting was simply uncanny. He perhaps had the greatest arsenal of skill of any player ever, maybe even more so than Gretzky or Lemieux, but we never had the chance to really determine that. One European hockey expert described Kharlamov as a combination of Mike Bossy and Pavel Bure.
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Originally Posted by Arthur Chidlovski
Kharlamov made the Canadian defenders look like they were old-timers, minor-league wannabes or something. What he was doing to them was very intimidating. The Canadians were always looking at Kharlamov with their mouths open. But they just couldn't accept it. He was just this skinny guy. But on the ice, a magician.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Kharlamov combined superior hockey intelligence with outstanding natural talent and established himself as one of the most formidable weapons in the dominant Soviet arsenal during the decade.

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Originally Posted by A September to Remember
Valeri Kharlamov awed Canadian audiences. His slick foot and stick work and amazing speed and shot accuracy places him as perhaps the single most talented player in the entire tournament. It is arguable that Kharlamov was as talented as Gretzky or Lemieux. Kharlamov was also feisty, leading the Soviets in penalty minutes with 16.
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Originally Posted by Hockey:A People’s History
Valeri Kharlamov, a dazzling left-winger who could stickhandle and pass with breathtaking precision, was so fast that he could beat two Canadian defenseman just by skating around them
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Originally Posted by Putting a Roof on Winter
When the Soviets’ elegant and fearless Valery Kharlamov burned the Canadiens for three goals and four assists in five games…
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Originally Posted by Putting a Roof on Winter
After the Canadians’ elbowing and body smashing only strengthened Kharmamov’s play, Bobby Clarke had seen enough.
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Originally Posted by Hockey:A People’s History
Whenever an NHL team would have an exhibition game against the Red Army, Kharlamov was a target of cheap and dirty play. They would brutally dominate the small Russian because they feared his ability. Stop Kharlamov from scoring was half the battle against the Soviets…
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Valery Kharlamov gained international fame in 1972 when the Soviet Union played the NHL All-Stars in a series of games. He had an excellent series, but his fame was cemented when he was anointed by the redoubtable Bobby Hull, who said that Kharlamov was “the best winger in the world.”
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Originally Posted by Childovski
What Kharlamov did on the ice wasn't something that one can learn from a hockey school or a book. It was a God given gift. Many of his moves captured on film became classics of the world hockey.
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Originally Posted by Putting a Roof on Winter
Bobby Clarke was knocked down and had his stick broken by Valery Kharlamov, a shoving match followed in which Kharlamov threw a punch at Clarke.
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Originally Posted by Childovski
The Summit in 1974 project is proud to name Valery Kharlamov the Most Valuable Soviet Player of the Decade.
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Originally Posted by Hockey:A People’s History
In Game 6, feisty Soviet left-winger Valeri Kharlamov, who had burned the Canadians for six points this far, was attacked so viciously that it is still remembered in the Soviet Union as the great “crime” of the series.
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Player
He was fast, so hard to defend against out there. I admired the way he used to come from behind and how he kept everyone on their toes. He was simply outstanding!
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Originally Posted by YouTube Video
Valeri Kharlamov is one Soviet who plays with an attitude familiar to the Canadians. Bobby Clarke knows his potent skill and feisty manner all too well. The clash was destined to happen.
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Player
His talents were God-given and he could do practically everything — a smart play, a tricky pass, a precise shot. Everything he did looked so easy, so elegant. His execution of hockey was aesthetic and he amazed millions.
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Player
Kharlamov was killing us. I called Clarke over to the bench, looked over at Kharlamov and said, 'I think he needs a tap on the ankle.' I didn't think twice about it
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Player
In my NHL career, I had to shadow a number of superstars – Bobby Hull being one of them. I would certainly put Kharlamov on the same level as Hull in terms of talent and ability.
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Originally Posted by Howie Meeker
What hurt the Russians badly was losing their best player, Kharlamov. He was their best goal scorer; their best player to go wide around a not-too-mobile Canadian defense, and that was a big blow to the Russians.
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Player
I remember Valeri as a remarkable man with a strong personality. Whenever he came out on the ice, his opponents never knew what he was going to do the next moment. Everything he did looked so easy, so elegant. There'll never be a hockey player who could match his achievements. People like Kharlamov are born once in a century.
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Coach
He was our primary target. Every night it was, 'who's going to take care of that guy?' He was dynamite.
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Originally Posted by Undrafted Coach
He had the skill and the ability of any player in the NHL at the time. I think it's a damn good selection. Serge Savard figures he's one of the greatest players he's ever seen, and that's good enough for me.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen – Oct. 3rd, 1974
In full stride, Kharlamov delivered a perfect pass to Mikhailov, who scored a neat goal after the game was only 34 seconds old.
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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
By the end of the summit series, National Hockey League scouts were drooling at the thought of recruiting Kharlamov, but during this Cold War era, no Soviet Union player was allowed to leave the country. The respect for Kharlamov's skills was so high that at the time many Canadian children named him as one of their favorite players, and in the Soviet Union he was a national hero and an inspiration for youngsters playing the game.
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Originally Posted by Childlovski
His moves on the ice weren't precalculated "Red Machine" patterns but rather truly amazing moves of a hockey genius. In all there beauty and unpredictability, those were his moves. I doubt that they could have been repeated or reenacted by anyone.
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Originally Posted by Childlovski
The secret of Kharlamov goals can't be figured out in a frame-by-frame replay on a tape. Undrafted Coach once outlined the key components of the game, the three speeds of hockey-the speed of moving, the speed of reflexes, and the speed of thinking. Valeri Kharlamov's play was a perfect match of all three blended with the magic of personality
more to come.........thanks to Dreakmur for the info



Valeri Kharlamov


[International Awards and Accomplishments:
IIHF Hall of Fame (1998)
Hockey Hall of Fame (2005)

2 x Olympic Gold Medalist (1972, 1976)
8 x World Championship Gold Medalist (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
IIHF Best Forward (1976)
4 x IIHF All-Star (1972, 1973, 1975, 1976)
Izvestia Cup Best Forward (1973)
2 x Izvestia Cup Leading Scorer (1975, 1977)
IIHF Centennial All-Star

International Scoring Accomplishments:
Olympics
Points – 1st(1972), 5th(1976), 5th(1980)
Goals – 1st(1972)
Assists – 1st(1972), 1st(1976), 1st(1980)

World Championships
Points – 2nd(1971), 2nd(1979), 3rd(1973), 4th(1975), 4th(1977), 5th(1969), 7th(1970), 8th(1972), 10th(1974)
Goals – 2nd(1977), 2nd(1979), 4th(1969), 4th(1970), 4th(1973), 4th(1975), 8th(1972)
Assists – 1st(1971), 2nd(1973), 3rd(1969), 3rd(1979), 4th(1972), 4th(1978), 6th(1974)

Summit/Super Series’
Points – 4th(1974), 5th(1972), 5th(1976)
Goals – 4th(1972)
Assists – 1st(1976), 3rd(1974), 4th(1972)

Soviet League Awards and Accomplishments:
11 x League Champion (1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
11 x European Cup Champion (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

2 x MVP (1972, 1973)
7 x All-Star (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978)

MVP Voting – 1st(1972), 1st(1973), 2nd(1975), 2nd(1976), 4th(1969), 4th(1971), 5th(1970), 5th(1974)

Soviet League Scoring:
Points – 1st(1972), 2nd(1971), 3rd(1969), 3rd(1970), 4th(1975), 4th(1978), 5th(1976), 5th(1979), 6th(1974), 9th(1977), 10th(1973)
Goals – 1st(1971), 2nd(1972), 3rd(1969), 4th(1978), 5th(1970), 5th(1974), 7th(1976), 7th(1977), 9th(1973), 9th(1975), 12th(1979)
Assists – 1st(1972), 2nd(1975), 3rd(1969), 3rd(1970), 3rd(1978), 4th(1976), 5th(1971), 5th(1979), 6th(1973), 9th(1974), 12th(1980)


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