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01-04-2012, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Globe and Mail, April 12, 1978
…but one player who has stunned everyone in the world championships this year is Iceland Sensation _________. He is [b]6’4” and listed at 220 pounds[b]. His incredibly dominating performance in the B pool has turned a number of heads of NHL scouts, who have said the B pool has never been worth paying attention to before today… a powerful, swift skater, with a bullet shot and a real mean streak…. Scouts are probably exaggerating but they claim he has not lost a single faceoff this tournament… there is not one part of his game that is not NHL-caliber according to one Campbell conference GM… salivating at the chance to see what he can do against tougher competition…. Can he singlehandedly lift Iceland to the B pool championship and get them to the main tournament for next year?... Doesn’t speak a word of English. Those close to him insist he has no desire to pursue the game abroad… Already has 14 goals and 6 assists in 4 games… A Wales Conference scout, on the condition of anonymity, insists they would draft him 1st overall this year if he was eligible, but ____ has not filed the papers… “The Icelandic Bobby Clarke”…. Very humble demeanor, until you meet him on the ice…
Sadly, he did not lift Iceland to the B pool championship at the 1978 Worlds singlehandedly… Iceland lost in the finals to Hungary 7-6, in a game in which this player scored all six Iceland goals but was in the penalty box for a late 3rd period score by Hungary, on a hit that Icelanders to this day swear that was clean. It is referred to in local lore as “hreint ólöglegt athuga”, or loosely translated, “the clean dirty check”. It is too bad because the 1979 World Championships would have featured him front and center, with a shot at truly dominating NHL competition and earning overtures from NHL executives too lucrative to pass up.

Iceland lost in the B pool in 1979 and declined to send a team to international competitions following that, denying the world outside of Iceland the chance to see him play.

From 1976-1988, he played in the Icelandic Elite league, winning nine scoring titles in 13 years and making 13 first all-star teams at center. His team won the championship 10 times in a league with 10 teams, truly a dominating feat for the individual and the team. They had no MVP award in that league, but a recent Icelandic newspaper article speculates he would have been named MVP all 13 years. In fact, they swear he could have played longer but suffered a debilitating knee injury while farming in the offseason. He was just 32.

Originally Posted by Scandinavian Hockey History, 1900-2000
… perhaps the most dominant European player of all-time within his country… lower level of competition in Iceland does call into question his achievements… it should be said that Icelandic teams regularly beat Finnish teams throughout the 1970s and 80s in international tournaments so they were not a second rate hockey nation, though little known… had the chance to demonstrate his superiority as a hockeyist in the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, scoring 42 goals and 22 assists in just 16 games in the B pool… barely missed promotion to the main bracket thanks to what is now known as “hreint ólöglegt athuga”… Icelanders insist the hit was clean… ____ still laments the incident… but forgives the Hungarian referees…. Spotty recordkeeping in the earlier years of his career means that his exact totals will never be known, but it’s estimated he had over 1000 goals and 500 assists in 13 Icelandic Elite league seasons… schedules were 40 games long… served as captain to his team every season and on the national team… Iceland proudly calls him “Iceland’s Bobby Clarke”… A national hero in Iceland, he could run for any public office and win in a landslide.
Originally Posted by Alexander Yakushev
In the 1978 World Championships I remember Vladislav Tretiak and I were watching a B Pool contest between Iceland and Romania. One player clearly stood head and shoulders above the rest. He was very fast, and he was big and tough. The Romanians were scared to go near him. He scored 7 goals, and Vladdy said to me “I am glad we don’t play against him.” I only nodded. Two NHL players were near us watching and could not believe their eyes either. I am sure that _____ could have been a star in the NHL.
You must be wondering who this outstanding player was, with an excellent shot at NHL stardom that was never realized. His name:

Rednal Sinav

It is really difficult to find a photo of him in action. But here he is today:

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