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03-05-2009, 04:03 AM
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One not so great Soviet moment was their approach to the 1976 Canada Cup.

They chose to keep several top players back home and instead to go with some younger aspiring players.

Why you would say, that the Soviets would deny themselves another chance to play the tops in the world, 1974 doesn't really count and combined with other teams, like world champion Czechoslovakia and Sweden and Finland. In essence, a truly first World Cup of Hockey was beign played.

Some say they Soviets were terrified of losing. In 1976 the NHL and WHA joined forces and really only a 38 year old Bobby Hull, Paul Schmyr and Gerry Cheevers were added. But also a Bobby Orr.

This tournament according to the IIHF was only a friendly or exhibition type of competition and the outcome would have no bearing on their annual country ratings.

And this line was also repeated by the Soviet brass. Or maybe there was an intent to discredit the Canada Cup?

But very interesting that the Soviets avoided an fantastic opportunity for a best on best tourney. They were few and far between, and the Soviets were never one to back down from a challenge.
I guess we'll never know the true reason why they didn't send all their best. It's one of the million Soviet hockey mysteries out there.

There are some things worth to mention: Valeri Kharlamov was badly injured (spring '76 I think?), and even before that they had done poorly in the '76 World Championships (3 losses, 1 draw), so maybe they thought, "Hell, we can't win it, let's send an 'experimental' team, so we have an excuse", or something like that. But IMO even if they had send their best possible team, there might not have been any difference in the outcome. I think they would have still lost to CSSR and CAN... but would have probably beaten Sweden.

Even later on Tikhonov always said that the World Championships were more important to them, but did they really think this way? Hmm... maybe, maybe not.

And finally; yep, Canada Cup was the closest thing to 'the real World Championships' there was, but was it fair and square for all? Nope.


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Greatest Hockey Moment?
Dec.10, 1918 - Anatoly Tarasov was born.

I don't know where Soviet/Russian Hockey would be today without him.

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There are some things worth to mention: Valeri Kharlamov was badly injured (spring '76 I think?), and even before that they had done poorly in the '76 World Championships (3 losses, 1 draw), so maybe they thought, "Hell, we can't win it, let's send an 'experimental' team, so we have an excuse", or something like that.
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That's the greatest moment?

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i could say in stockholm 89 < where were larionov-krutov-makarov last time

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i could say in stockholm 89 < where were larionov-krutov-makarov last time
Hmmm, I'd say that was almost the worst! 'The last breath of Soviet hockey' or something. Times they were-a-changing (which was great for the individual players, of course!).

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waiting for ovechkin fans to invade

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