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08-19-2012, 04:35 AM
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Vladimir Myshkin, G

Two dozen Soviet forwards from the 1975-1990 range are now selected, and about a dozen defensemen. Isn't it about time to recognize the second-best goalie from this country during this time?

- 5'11", 154 lbs


- reconstructed Soviet Elite League record of 306-142-72 and 2.48 GAA (never on CSKA Moscow)
* reconstructed using the W/L and GA records of the teams he was on, along with his SIHR GA totals
- Played most of the schedule for Top-3 in team GAA in Soviet League 7times (1st-1990, 2nd-1985, 2nd-1984, 2nd-1983, 2nd-1982, 2nd-1986, 3rd-1989)
- 1975 14th in Soviet MVP voting
- 1979 named among the "40 best players"
- 1980 6th in Soviet League MVP voting
- 1985 Soviet League All-Star Goalie & 4th in MVP voting
- 1990 League Champion


- Was often a backup to Tretiak internationally
- Canada Cup All-Star (1984)
- Canada Cup Bronze (1989)
- 7 Gold Medals, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronze in Olympics and World Championships
- Games by opposition: Sweden 17, Czechoslovakia 17, Finland 13, Canada 9, West Germany 7, Netherlands 7
- Posted a shutout in his only 1979 Challenge Cup appearance
- overall GAA appears to be 1.65 across 34 appearances, with a record of 20-5-2 according to IIHF

Originally Posted by wikipedia
During his career in the Soviet Championship League, Myshkin was consistently among the top goaltenders in the league and his Dynamo Moscow club was always among the best. However, rival Moscow club HC CSKA Moscow won the championship almost every year he played, including an amazing 13-year run from 1977 to 1989, preventing Myshkin from winning a domestic championship until his very last year.

...In his first major event as starting goaltender of the Soviet national team, he led the Soviets to a perfect 5-0 record in the round robin of the 1984 Canada Cup by going 3-0 in his three starts before being defeated by Canada 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals. Nonetheless, Myshkin played spectacularly that game in a losing cause, being named the USSR's player of the game, and was named to the tournament all-star team for his heroics.

As the starting goaltender of the national team, he backstopped them to a bronze medal at the 1985 World Championships and a gold in 1986 on home ice in Moscow. The following year, the 31-year-old Myshkin was replaced by younger goaltenders Evgeny Belosheikin and Sergei Mylnikov. After 1986, he appeared only once more at the World Championships, that being in 1990 as the team's third-string goaltender in a largely token gesture, as Myshkin had already announced he would retire following the season.

Myshkin's final season would be a memorable one. First, he won the Soviet League championship for the only time in his career, as his Dynamo club ended CSKA's long championship reign and won its first title since 1954. Then at the World Championships, after watching his team's first nine games, he was given the start in the very last game. He finished his career in style, shutting out Czechoslovakia 5-0 and clinched the gold medal.
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Vladimir Myshkin began playing hockey in 1972 with Olimiya Kirovo-Chepetsk, but joined Krylya Sovetov Moskva later that year, playing with them until 1979, although he had a short spell with Kristall Saratov in 1976. With Krylya Sovetov Myshkin won a Soviet title in 1974 and the European Champions Cup in 1975. From 1979-90 Myshkin played with Dynamo Moskva and won his second Soviet title with them in 1990. Myshkin finished his playing career in 1990-91, playing in Finland with Lukko Rauma. Internationally Myshkin played 87 games with the Soviet team. At first from 1978-84 he was the second goaltender behind the great Vladislav Tretyak, but after Tretyak’s retirement in 1984, Myshkin was briefly the Soviet top goaltender, but left the national team after the 1985 season. He was called back to the Soviet team in 1989 and played with them until his retirement from sports in 1991, again as a back-up goaltender behind Sergey Mylnikov and Andrey Trefilov. With the Soviet team Myshkin won Olympic gold (1984) and silver (1980), was World champion six times (1979, 1981-83, 1989-90) and European champion seven times (1979, 1981-83, 1985, 1989, 1991). He also won bronzes at the 1985 and 1991 World Championships and silver at the 1990 European Championships. In 1979 Myshkin helped win the Challenge Cup between the Soviet Union and NHL All-Stars and in 1981 was on the winning Canada Cup team, also winning a bronze at the 1984 Canada Cup. After his sporting career Myshkin worked as a coach of HC Davos from 1994-99. In the 2000s Myshkin worked as a goaltender coach with Dynamo Moskva and CSKA Moskva and later was the coach of Vityaz Chekhova.
Originally Posted by The Red Machine
Tikhonov had shown great boldness as a coach. In the last decisive game (of the 1979 Challenge cup) he had put Vladimir Myshkin in goal for Tretiak, and Myshkin scored the shutout. "Tretiak was taught," said Myshkin, "to use the best techniques of the Canadian, Czech and Swedish goalies, and thus, in turn, young goalies like myself have been able to copy him."

Myshkin, Tretiak's replacement, evinced confidence on arriving in Canada. "The Tretiak era belongs in the past. It's for sure he has left traces, but the world is still turning. I believe. This team will continue to win because it is powerful. One man can never carry a whole team on his shoulders and never will. hockey doesn't work that way in our country."
Originally Posted by Lodi News-Sentinel, February 12, 1979
Then, in the 3rd period, when the NHL threatened to mount an offense, Myshkin proved he is an adequate backup to premier goalie Vladislav Tretiak. Appearing in his first game of the series, Myshkin blocked drives from Larry Robinson, Darryl Sittler, Ulf Nilsson, and Denis Potvin, some of which could have put the NHL back into the game. But as the 3rd period wore on, his spectacular saves merely served to increase the embarrassment of the NHL, which suffered a severe loss in prestige.
Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Press, February 12, 1979
Each coach gambled with a fresh starter. Soviet strategist Viktor Tikhonov chose 23-year old Vladimir Myshkin, a 5'7" blond, instead of old reliable Tretiak... Myshkin responded by blocking all 24 shots fired his way, including breakaways by Gil Perreault, Guy Lafleur, Anders Hedberg and Mike Bossy. By game's end the crowd of 17,545, largely antagonistic most of the night, was cheering myshkin's saves and he said afterward, a gold medallion dangling from his neck as the game's #1 star, "I didn't understand that, I was too busy."
Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal, August 30, 1984
"Myshkin challenged much more than I expected", said Gretzky, applauding the work of the Munchkin, who is trying to replace Tretiak.
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, September 15th, 1984
Kevin Lowe: "I've never been so high after a game. But what I can't believe is that their goalie, Vladimir Myshkin, wasn't named their MVP... how many shots did we get on him, 41?
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, September 15th, 1984
Vladimir Myshkin eclipsing the legend of Vladislav Tretiak...

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