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02-25-2011, 11:42 PM
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Quick bio on Vitaly Davydov

- 7x 1st team all star Russian Super league
- 3x Olympic Gold Medalist
-Ranked 4th on the All-Time Russian Olympic List (Ahead of: Mikhailov, Kharlamov,Makarov,Krutov,Kasatonov,and Maltsev)

-9x consecutive World Champion 1963-71

***Disclaimer This quote is from HF board poster "Dark Shadows" but he knows a lot about older era Russian Hockey.

Regarding 72 Summit Series:

For the record, Russian was missing several Key players too. Such as Anatoli Firsov(A guy almost as good as Kharlamov) and Vitaly Davydov(The Russians top shutdown defenseman), etc

Davydov was one of the best players in Soviet hockey history in the years prior to 1972. However a controversial coaching change seems to have prevented Davydov's participation in the series.

The Russians dumped the "father of Soviet hockey" as their national team head coach a few months prior to the Summit Series. Out was xxxxxxx, in was former superstar Vsevolod Bobrov. The move did not go over smoothly, especially with older Russian players who were fierce xxxxx loyalist.

Davydov's absence is not as clear. There are no sources that explain Davydov's situation nearly as well. Many say that he was a XXXXX supporter, but all fall short of claiming he was boycotting because of the change in coaches.


Never lost a major tournament from 1963-1971

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