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02-01-2007, 01:28 PM
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In one word, communism. Back then, a player had to defect from his home country to go play in North America. That was a difficult enough task for players from Czechoslavakia [the countries now known as Slovakia and the Czech Republic], and practically unheard of for Soviet Union-born hockey players.

Originally Posted by FlavorFlav View Post
Can someone explain the draft thing to me? He was the world's premier goalie at the time, how did he end up picked at 7th?

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