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12-10-2012, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
Surely you understand the importance the Russian teams put on those exhibition games. They were still behind the iron curtain. the soviets were coming over to showcase their superiority (what they were told anyways) over the NHL system, whose teams didn't have the type of control over it's players like the soviets did.

NHL teams were playing long seasons for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. For the most part it was an exhibition to them. To draw too much inference on those results to the strength of the Soviet league at that time would be misleading to say the least.

You often post on soviet players surely you understand the difference?
You make a good point that they are exhibition games so you probably had some guys dressing who wouldn't have otherwise. With the goalies particularly I could see how this would create a problem with taking the preseason records at face-value.

That said, the claim that Cold War tensions affected the authorities and players on just one side of these exhibitions seems pretty ludicrous.

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