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C Vyacheslav Bykov

Soviet League finishes:
PTS: 3, 4, 7, T8, 10, T11, T11*, 15, 17
Goals: T6*, T7, T7, T7, T8, T9, T14, T15, T18
Assists: 3, 4, T14, T14, 17, T17, T18, T18*
*After Green Unit left

WC Ranks: T4, T5, T5, T13, T14
OG Ranks: T4
CC Rank: 5

x1 World Championship AST ('89)
x1 Soviet League AST ('90)

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Bykov's talent allowed him to return to national team scene and go onto a career highlighted with 5 world championships, 2 Olympic Golds, and 7 Russian league titles. Two of the WCs and the last Olympic gold came with Bykov as team captain, putting him in a group of esteemed Soviet hockey captains such as Mikhailov and Fetisov.

Bykov and Khomutov in particular had incredible chemistry together. They played a smooth, uninterrupted style of game. Their hockey truly was beautiful hockey, an absolute joy to watch. Their criss-crossing skating with dazzling passing displays dizzied the best of defenses and wore down the opponents. The only thing more nimble than their feet was their hands.

When the bigger and more physical Kamensky joined the two tiny puck wizards in about 1986, the Bykov line was considered by many to be the equal of the KLM Line.

Originally Posted by The Milwaukee Journal - Feb 24, 1992
"I was singing the old Soviet anthem to myself," said Vyacheslav Bykov, the veteran center whose slap shot with 1 minute 9 seconds remaining sealed the victory Sunday. "I was thinking the future is Russian."

Judging from play these last two weeks, it would appear Bykov was right, whether the Russian hockey future is in Europe or in the NHL.

Originally Posted by New York Times - Feb 22, 1992
[Dave King] mentioned three names to watch in the third period: Andrei Khomoutov, Vyacheslav Bykov and Igor Kravtchouk. "Those are the three veterans," he said. "They'll need leadership from them."
Those words proved to be prophetic. Bykov narrowly missed a power-play goal with slap shot that LeBlanc made a great save on. Minutes later, Khomoutov slipped a rebound past LeBlanc to break the tie at 10:55 of the third period. Then Khomoutov hit Bykov with a nifty centering pass on the fly, and Bykov brilliantly fed Yuri Khmylev on the left wing for the goal at 14:08 that broke the Americans' spirit.

Originally Posted by The Telegraph-Herald - Feb 6, 1994
The Russian Olympic team, likely to consist of players who were on the top two teams at the Izvestia Cup, still should be powerful. And 1992 Olympic standouts Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, both playing in Switzerland, could be added to an unusually young Russian team.

Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Apr 29, 1986
For the Soviets, it was their 20th world title, one more than Canada. After blowing the two goal lead they had built up six minutes into the second period the Soviets needed a goal for Vyacheslav Bykov at 5:16 of the final period to complete their 10-0 unbeaten walk through the 16-day tournament.

Originally Posted by The Spokesman-Review - Apr 19, 1986
Vyacheslav Bykov, a forward from the Soviet Central Army Sports Club, scored twice against Canada.

Originally Posted by The Bryan Times - Feb 11, 1988
The teams swapped goals in the first two minutes of the game. Vyacheslav Bykov opened the scoring 72 seconds into the game, tipping a pass from Valery Kamensky past Moog.

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Apr 19, 1986
Veteran Marcel Dionne handed the Soviets a soft goal when, on a Canadian power player, he made a drop pass in his own zone with no teammate behind him. Bykov swooped in and beat goaltender Kelly Hrudley at 11:40.

Originally Posted by The Daily Sentinel - Mar 3, 1991
Swiss clubs have also led pre-emptive strikes in signing top echelon Soviet players. efenseDman Yuri Voshakov turned down an offer by the Los Angeles Kings and went to Switzerland, as did Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, who passed on the Quebec Nordiques.

"The NHL is still the premier league in the world, and if a player gets a good offer and turns it down, you have to question his ambition, Team Canada head coach Dave King said recently.

Bykov argued, however, that "money is not everything in life. The Soviet Union is a big country. As a hockey player,, you fly all over it and abroad too. You are away from home most of the time. So if you switch over to the NHL, it is the same all over again. That's why I prefer to play here, spend more time with my family."

The longest bus ride in the Swiss League takes about four hours. 76,3284265&dq=en

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