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11-30-2013, 04:05 PM
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By the way, hockey in 90's Russia was not as bad as many make it out to be. Yes, many teams were financially poor and the quality of play suffered a lot. But even in the worst years of the 1990's the Russian teams could compete against any team in other European leagues. One good example is that in 1994 Lada Togliatti defeated the stacked TPS (Turun Palloseura) and went to play against Jokerit (which had Selšnne and Kurri because of NHL lockout) in the European Champions League finals.

Lada Togliatti also won the European Champions League on 1996 winning Swedish Modo in finals.

There were many good hockey teams in Russia even in the "dark decade".

For me the best team in the 1990's Russian superleague (if you don't count the 1990-1992 CSKA and Dynamo Moscow) was the 1998-2000 Metallurg Magnitogorsk. That team could at least challence for the Gagarin Cup if it played in the KHL this season. Magnitogorsk won both Russian championships and European Champions League both in 1999 and 2000.

The Koreshkov brothers, Valeri Karpov, Oleg Mikulchik, Ravil Gusmanov, Sergei Osipov, Sergei Tertyshny, Alexei Stepanov (RIP), Vitali Prokhorov, Sergei Gomolyako, Konstantin Shafranov, Andrei Razin, Valeri Nikulin, Andrei Sapozhnikov, Vladimir Antipin... Very good roster and depth.

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