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02-11-2013, 01:01 PM
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Karlamov was one of the most conditioned athletes in the world at that time. Soviets put huge focus on their atheltes and strength and conditioning and they were lightyears away from everyone else. One major reason why they dominated the athletic world from the 60's right up to the fall of the Soviet Union.

The first ever professional trainer for a sports team was Marv Marinovich in the 70s for LA Raiders. His training derives from Soviet training. And the NHL didnt start personal trainers or true strength and conditioning up until the 90's maybe later.

So my point is that he was already in one of the best shapes having trained with the Soviet Union. People underrate conditioning and IMO he would have been one of the best in the NHL because of his training for hockey.

Idk what kind of awards he would have won but he would have been consistantly one of the best in points his entire career.

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