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01-14-2012, 02:11 AM
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Darius Rusnak, C

Rusnak had a pretty good career domestically and internationally:

- 401 pts in 463 Czech elite league games from age 17-30
- 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th in Czech league scoring

- 189 pts in 169 Finnish league games from age 30-34
- 5th, 9th in Finnish league scoring

- 39 points in 57 International games
- tied for 4th in 1981 Canada Cup goals behind Bossy, Shepelev and Gretzky
- tied for 4th in 1983 worlds in goals behind Makarov, Krutov and Lala
- 9th in points at 1984 Olympics

But honestly, that doesn't really stand out that much. All these 70s/80s international players you guys have been mentioning, seem to just blend in with guys like Rusnak, and picking out who was the best is really tough.

But, I do think Rusnak in particular stands out, and here is why:

- He was captain of Czechoslovakia's national team for a while
- He was a factor in Czech golden hockey stick voting four times: 8th in 1981, 9th in 1983, 4th in 1984 and 9th in 1985. There is only a small handful of players available who even show up in that voting 2-3 times. This is the equivalent of Czech hart voting, and the fact that we have this information for the Czech league and not others, allows us to make more "educated guesses" than we can for Swedes and Finns.
- His accomplishments were mostly in the Czech league, which was at least the #2 league in Europe during the 80s, from what I can tell

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