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12-13-2011, 07:40 PM
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Engineers draft Irek Gimayev, a Soviet defenseman who saw time on some forward lines for the national team in a depth utility role, playing in 93 games for Team USSR between 1979-1985. He was a mainstay of the Red Army team for nearly a decade, in 356 games as a defenseman. Yet internationally he debuted on Makarov's line in the 1979 Challenge Cup against the NHL's best, and he "sparkled" along with his linemates, assisting on a goal in the Soviet triumph. He was on the ill fated 1980 Olympics squad but participated in redemption by contributing an assist and a couple of penalties in the 1981 Canada Cup victory. At the 1982 World Championships he also assisted on Zhluktov's goal in a Soviet win over USA, then later in the tourney scoring the second period 2-1 go-ahead goal against Canada in a 4-3 Soviet win (Canada had talent, with Barber, Reinhart and Propp scoring and Gretzky assisting in the game). Gimayev also scored a goal in the 1984 Canada Cup and took some more penalties. His last game for the national team was the 1985 world championships, ending a six-year stretch in a supporting, utility depth role on the dominant Soviet team. He did some rough stuff, got into the scoring only occasionally (which is a bit of an accomplishment because he had only 40 career goals in the Soviet league, was obviously not on the national team for his scoring!!), played on various forward lines despite being a trained and developed defenseman, he and Kravchuk considered to be Ufa's all-time best pilfered from the local club team to play for the Red Army squad.

Then, Irek Gimaev and Tim Thomas punched each other out, Gimaev ripping the US flag off Thomas' sweater.

Irek Gimaev was given minor and misconduct penalties for spearing Kirk Muller.


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