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04-01-2011, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Modo picks Doru Tureanu. I had not heard of this player so I googled him and was told he is "the best player you never heard of."
Thanks for making the pick, TDMM!

I hadn't heard of him either, but noticed he was selected in one of the prior ATD's, and he seemed intriguing:

A confident and skilful forward, Tureanu was blessed with an eye for a pass and capable of scoring against anyone. Legendary Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov was one of his admirers and once said that Tureanu had the skill to play for any team in the world. His finest hour was scoring two goals in a 5-4 win over the United States in the 1977 World Championship in Vienna, Austria, in what was arguably the greatest game ever played by the Romanian national team.

According to an article published on, Tureanu was offered a contract by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977, following a particularly impressive display at the 1977 World Championship in Switzerland, which notably included a pair of goals in a 5-4 win over the United States. Tureanu declined the offer to stay with his sick mother. Three years later, Montreal reportedly sent officials in Bucharest in an effort to sign him, a plan the Securitate, communist Romania's equivalent of the KGB, discovered
Sought after by the 70's-era Canadiens? Not bad for a spare center in Dawson City.

RIP octopi and parabola.
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