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Valery Kharlamov -- Left Wing

Height: 5'8''
Weight: 165 lbs
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Birth: January 14, 1948 (Moscow, USSR)
Death: August 27, 1981

Awards & Honours
Soviet League
- USSR League MVP (1972, 1973)
- USSR League All Star (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978)
- USSR League Champion (1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
- European Cup Champion (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
- Scoring Champion, Goals (1971)
- Scoring Champion, Points (1972)

- Gold Winter Olympics (1972, 1976)
- Silver Winter Olympics (1980)
- Gold IIHF World Championship (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
- Silver IIHF World Championship (1972, 1976)
- Bronze IIHF World Championship (1977)
- IIHF Best Forward World Championship (1976)
- IIHF All Star (1972, 1973, 1975, 1976)

- Hockey Hall of Fame (2005)
- IIHF Hall of Fame (1998)

Top 10's
Soviet League
Points – 1st(1972), 2nd(1971), 3rd(1969), 3rd(1970), 4th(1975), 4th(1978), 5th(1976), 5th(1979), 6th(1974), 9th(1977), 10th(1973)
Goals – 1st(1971), 2nd(1972), 3rd(1969), 4th(1978), 5th(1970), 5th(1974), 7th(1976), 7th(1977), 9th(1973), 9th(1975), 12th(1979)
Assists – 1st(1972), 2nd(1975), 3rd(1969), 3rd(1970), 3rd(1978), 4th(1976), 5th(1971), 5th(1979), 6th(1973), 9th(1974), 12th(1980)

MVP Voting – 1st(1972), 1st(1973), 2nd(1975), 2nd(1976), 4th(1969), 4th(1971), 5th(1970), 5th(1974)

Points – 1st(1972), 5th(1976), 5th(1980)
Goals – 1st(1972)
Assists – 1st(1972), 1st(1976), 1st(1980)

World Championships
Points – 2nd(1971), 2nd(1979), 3rd(1973), 4th(1975), 4th(1977), 5th(1969), 7th(1970), 8th(1972), 10th(1974)
Goals – 2nd(1977), 2nd(1979), 4th(1969), 4th(1970), 4th(1973), 4th(1975), 8th(1972)
Assists – 1st(1971), 2nd(1973), 3rd(1969), 3rd(1979), 4th(1972), 4th(1978), 6th(1974)

Summit/Super Series’
Points – 4th(1974), 5th(1972), 5th(1976)
Goals – 4th(1972)
Assists – 1st(1976), 3rd(1974), 4th(1972)

Interesting Notes
- #30 on History of Hockey list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players (2008 edition)
- #35 on History of Hockey list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players (2009 edition)
- IIHF Centennial All Star Team, First Winger (2008)
- #17 retired by CSKA Moscow and Russian National Team
- Named a Merited Master of Sport (Russia, 1969) at the age of 21


Originally Posted by Hockey Hall of Fame
Kharlamov combined superior hockey intelligence with outstanding natural talent and established himself as one of the most formidable weapons in the dominant Soviet arsenal during the decade.

Many will best remember Valeri Kharlamov for his role in the 1972 Summit Series versus Team Canada. So effective was the high-flying winger that in Game Six, Canada's Bobby Clarke took an aggressive chop at his ankle. Although he finished the game, Kharlamov's ankle was cracked. He missed Game Seven and was clearly playing injured in the pivotal final game. Still, Valeri scored three goals and four assists in the seven games he played. Kharlamov also played in the 1974 Pro Classic against the WHA stars, scoring two goals and six assists in the eight-game tournament. In 40 games played against North American professionals, Kharlamov collected 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Valeri Kharlamov played during the 1970's prior to the arrival of Larionov and Makarov and co. His skating was unequaled and his passing and shooting was simply uncanny. He perhaps had the greatest arsenal of skill of any player ever, maybe even more so than Gretzky or Lemieux, but we never had the chance to really determine that. One European hockey expert described Kharlamov as a combination of Mike Bossy and Pavel Bure... Valery Kharlamov gained international fame in 1972 when the Soviet Union played the NHL All-Stars in a series of games. He had an excellent series, but his fame was cemented when he was anointed by the redoubtable Bobby Hull, who said that Kharlamov was “the best winger in the world.”
Originally Posted by Voice of Russia
Kharlamov enjoyed respect of his fellow players — without exception — and was the team’s informal leader.
Originally Posted by Arthur Chidlovski
Kharlamov made the Canadian defenders look like they were old-timers, minor-league wannabes or something. What he was doing to them was very intimidating. The Canadians were always looking at Kharlamov with their mouths open. But they just couldn't accept it. He was just this skinny guy. But on the ice, a magician... He was definitely one of the most talented players in the history of the game. Despite a relatively small size even by hockey standards of the 1970's, Kharlamov was an author of unforgettable 1-on-1 moves that left the best defense players in the world wondering how he managed to outsmart them. He had simply amazing skating and stick handling skills. But, he wasn't just a fast skater. He was able to constantly change the gears of his skating speed depending on his on-ice maneuvers... Being very creative and unpredictable on ice, Kharlamov was one of the major attractions to the game when he played hockey.
Originally Posted by Hockey Night In Moscow
The game ended with Kharlamov doing some magnificent stickhandling in the Team Canada end. Watching him in this game, and remembering what I had seen him do in Games One and Two, I was convinced - and still am - that he is the best winger I have ever seen in my life.

At 14:16 it happened, the inevitable - Kharlamov with a beautiful "school" pass got the puck to Vikulov...
Originally Posted by A September to Remember
Valeri Kharlamov awed Canadian audiences. His slick foot and stick work and amazing speed and shot accuracy places him as perhaps the single most talented player in the entire tournament. It is arguable that Kharlamov was as talented as Gretzky or Lemieux. Kharlamov was also feisty, leading the Soviets in penalty minutes with 16.
Originally Posted by Hockey: A Peoples History
Valeri Kharlamov, a dazzling left-winger who could stickhandle and pass with breathtaking precision, was so fast that he could beat two Canadian defenseman just by skating around them... Whenever an NHL team would have an exhibition game against the Red Army, Kharlamov was a target of cheap and dirty play. They would brutally dominate the small Russian because they feared his ability. Stop Kharlamov from scoring was half the battle against the Soviets…
Originally Posted by Putting a Roof On Winter
When the Soviets’ elegant and fearless Valery Kharlamov burned the Canadiens for three goals and four assists in five games…
Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
Kharlamov was a wizard at managing the new style of play. His mark of greatness lay not in scoring fantastic goals...In fact, his claim to fame had nothing to do with scoring goals. Kharlamov was at his best when the opposing defenseman got him up against the boards. The defenseman would bear down on the forward at full speed in an attempt, if not to hurt him, then at least to slow him down for two or three seconds. He would prepare to throw a hard bodycheck, but it usually didn't happen. Kharlamov would skate away without even flinching.
Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
The Mikhailov-Petrov-Kharlamov line was different from the classic Canadian pattern of playmaker-triggerman-soldier. Any of that Soviet lines three players could function in any of the three roles.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – April 19th, 1973
Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers says the player he remembers best in the Team Canada-Russia series is Valery Kharlamov, the tough young winger.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – September 24th, 1974
Paul Shmyr, who was in trouble most of the night, couldn’t handle Valery Kharlamov in the corner.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen – Oct. 3rd, 1974
In full stride, Kharlamov delivered a perfect pass to Mikhailov, who scored a neat goal after the game was only 34 seconds old.
"Any coach, having Kharlamov on his team, would simply be obliged to create a first-class forward line. He was a great all-round hockey personality" (Scotty Bowman)

"He was fast and so hard to defend against out there. I admired the way he kept everyone on their toes. He was simply outstanding." (Don Awrey, Canada 1972)

"His talents were God-given and he could do practically everything - a smart play, a tricky pass, a precise shot...Everything he did looked so easy, so elegant. His execution of hockey was aesthetic and he amazed millions." (Vladislav Tretiak)

"If I could do half of what Kharlamov did, my name would be heard everywhere - morning, day, and night." (Bob Gainey)

"Valery Kharlamov was born to play hockey. He was the smartest even among star players... a diamond in the crown of Russian ice-hockey.” (Kharlamov's coach)

"He was our primary target. Every night it was, 'who's going to take care of that guy?' He was dynamite. He had the skill and the ability of any player in the NHL at the time. Serge Savard figures he's one of the greatest players he's ever seen, and that's good enough for me." (Harry Sinden)

"I have never seen anyone, other than Orr, as fast as Valeri Kharlamov. He’s the only guy I’d mention in the same breath as Orr." (Alan Eagleson)

"In my NHL career, I had to shadow a number of superstars – Bobby Hull being one of them. I would certainly put Kharlamov on the same level as Hull in terms of talent and ability." (Ron Ellis)

"Kharlamov was killing us. I called Clarke over to the bench, looked over at Kharlamov and said, 'I think he needs a tap on the ankle.' I didn't think twice about it." (John Ferguson)

"What hurt the Russians badly was losing their best player, Kharlamov. He was their best goal scorer; their best player to go wide around a not-too-mobile Canadian defense, and that was a big blow to the Russians." (Howie Meeker)

"Every member of the Russian team could play in the NHL, but Kharlamov would be outstanding." (Bobby Clarke)

"Take a look at Kharlamov, at his specifications - how much does he weigh? Not much. But look at the way he goes to battle. He is practically always the first one who gets control of the puck." (Soviet coach Nikolai Epshtein)

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Some information from the bios created by Dreakmur and Overpass

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