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11-24-2012, 06:12 PM
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Here's a European perspective on Holecek. From Evgeny Zyryankin of the best World Championship players of the 1970s.
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Jiri Golechek (Czechoslovakia)

Years: 1966 - 1967, 1971 - 1978.

Titles: Best goalkeeper World Cup 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978. World Champion 1972, 1976, 1977

Vladislav Tretiak, undoubtedly the best goalkeeper of the XX century, the hero of Super NHL with professionals, a living legend, the idol of millions, ______________________ (append something from you). But at the World Championships 70-Golechek Holecek it eclipsed, and the USSR national team, shipping Swedes, Finns, Canadians sometimes a dozen goals in meetings with the Czechs hardly scored two or three. The reason for that, of course, not only Jiri, but closed his team's tactics advocated by all five, and yet even in these circumstances, the goalkeeper was always busy working on the throat. Impressive, seemingly incongruous, like centering basketball at the right time, he showed an unexpected plasticity and catch a throw for throw, took them to the far corners, like a magician. He was called a fakir - a surprising property of removing the washer from the trap in a time when everyone is looking for it in the net.

Best tournament. Of the eight world championships, which Golechek been in the seventies, three of his team defeated the Soviet machine, and in his five recognized ideal goalkeeper. Had at six, but in the 72 th prize somehow gave Finn Valtonenu - and he did not understand why. A star for Jiri become championship-76, where he, before the Czechs began early winner, missed seven goals in six matches.

Best match. Originally just from 1972, when Golecheka unjustly deprived prize (in this case in the symbolic team still included). April 20 in the penultimate round pitted the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. Both were 16 points, but the Soviet team theoretically suit tie as she outweighed the difference in goals (73-11 vs. 61-12). That evening Jiri played brilliantly. Pierce it could only Alexander Maltsev (the score 0-2) and at the 33 th minute, Valeri Kharlamov (when the score was 1:3). As he wrote later in "Football-Hockey" Gennady Radchuk, "before the last period were all convinced that the 3-2 will not be saved, and he took it and has remained unchanged." Thanks Golecheku.

Alternative: Vladislav Tretiak. He and I will meet again in this series.
Zyryankin appears to have been in his 20s when he wrote this series in 2001, so it's not a contemporary European perspective on Holecek, but it is at least a European perspective.

Here's the piece on the best of the 80s, including Tretiak.
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Vladislav Tretiak (USSR)

Years: 1970 - 1979, 1981 - 1983.

Titles: Best goalkeeper World Cup 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983. 10-time world champion. The best hockey player in Europe in 1981, 1982, 1983.

In the seventies, for the right to be considered the most reliable European keeper with Tretiak equally argued Golechek. After he retired, competitors Vladislav left. But not because povyvelis great goalkeepers. Kralik Czech, Swedish Lindmark and Lindberg, our Mishkin also were outstanding masters of catching and not allowed to lower the bar of skill, raised the 70 legends at the height of the Celestial Empire. Just Tretiak in the first half of the 80 reached a peak capacity, which for the rest was unavailable Everest. He was at that time absolutely impossible to score. The thing is that if the other train and play in goal, then Tretiak in them, it can be said to have lived. And no one would be surprised, perhaps, if it turned out that under the left bar has a secret recess in the ice, where he kept a mattress, heater and razor blades. He retired from hockey to term, suddenly, because he was tired of this life.

Best tournament. At the World Championships-83 Tretiak dried four games out of seven (and missed only four of them in the other three), and in his last tournament in Sarajevo Olympics left a "donut" in the final tournament and the Canadians and Czechs. But since the Olympics are not considered - 1983rd.

Best match. Tretiak have several dozen. You can write each on a separate piece of paper, put all in a hat and get the first available - no error.

Alternative. Jiri Kralik and Dominik Hasek , two Czechoslovak goalkeeper. First recognized the number one in the championships-82 and -85 (and in the same 1985 - best hockey player of all of Europe), the second - in the 87th and 89th. A distinctive feature was the focus Kralik, the transition to detachment: it seemed that the site he sees and hears only the puck. If Jiri nothing distracted and did not bother, he caught everything that was trying to fly with him. And - it's probably hard to believe, but you have to - miss even less Tretiak. Hasek is, first appeared on the public in the 83 th, surprised "creep": he first took the fashion play sitting and lying on the ice in spite of all the classical canons. And very soon proved that this style is quite contraceptives to the gate.
And the same for the 1950s/60s.
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Seth Martin (Canada)

Years: 1961, 1963 - 1964, 1966 - 1967.

Titles: Best goalkeeper World Cup 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966. World Champion 1961.

Why not Konovalenko? Only because our goalkeeper (who, by the way, thought Martin model in this art) was added reliability unmatched backs: Sologubov, Tregubov Ragulin, Kuzkin, Davydov, Vasiliev, Lutchenko etc. Canadian, even if he ever dreamed of such a barrier, trying to wake up as soon as possible so as not to hammer head distant fantasy. More often than not, Martin was answerable for all of Canada alone - he was so impenetrable, that seemed to be able to catch the two goals simultaneously. No accident that almost all the championships, where he performed at the IIHF (then LIHG) was no doubt who proclaim the perfect goalkeeper. And in the 67th, he was stronger than others, but the prize given to the American Wetzel, who heroically pulled ugly U.S. team to fifth place.

Best tournament. very first. In the championship, only 61 Americans were able open the gates Martin twice (His replacement for the remaining 15 minutes of the meeting they had to score as much.) Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and in the "golden match" Soviet Russia is satisfied with one goal each.

Best match. Penultimate. March 27, 1967 for the tour to finish teams of the USSR and Canada determined the champion. Our advantage was tremendous, but Martin fought to the death. Print it could only ... own defender Carl Brewer (we have it then was called Brewer), and in utterly stupid episode. Anatoly Firsov send me around the board met with the puck and threw it away without looking at the area rival. Brewer awkwardly waved a stick, she soared up the air, landed on his back Seth fluttered and fell into the net.

Alternative . Of course, Konovalenko.

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