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11-20-2012, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by JackSlater View Post
I never would have expected to see Osgood make an appearance in this thread... he isn't even remotely close to a top 10 player in the period since 1995.



I don't quite understand why Kharlamov is often the default top Russian. There seems to be a big differene between the legend and his actual accomplishments.
He was the first Russian great, and was a symbol of the rise of USSR hockey. Similar to how the Rocket is often considered the greatest Hab ever because he symbolized the French-Canadian fight against discrimination in the 1960s, even though Beliveau and Harvey were probably better players.

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