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06-06-2012, 07:04 AM
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Vladimir Krutov - R.I.P

passed away today...

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06-06-2012, 07:35 AM
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Rest in peace.

One of the true greats of European hockey.

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He was a legend in Zurich, despite he only played 38 games for them.

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RIP Krutov

That was far too early you left us, only 52 years old.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMpP3PMAyIc R.I.P. (

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Just wanted to come here to say RIP. Condolences to family, friends and fans.

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06-06-2012, 10:35 AM
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That is sad to hear and so young too. I hope this isn't in bad taste, but does anyone know what happened?

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RIP

I have many childhood memories of watching Krutov play phenomenal hockey for the former Soviet national team against Team Canada in the 80's.

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That is sad to hear and so young too. I hope this isn't in bad taste, but does anyone know what happened?
some sort of internal bleeding, resulted in coma.

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RIP! Truly sad for fans who had watched him and marveled at his combination of brilliant talent, skill, tenacity and character. He was one of the best I've ever seen, and a really good man, too. This, just shortly after Valeriy Vasiliev passed. Very sad indeed!

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One of the greatest RIP


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Way to young RIP!

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One of the greatest RIP

The goal at the 1:06 mark is one of my favorite Soviet hockey goal.

A lot of people assume that he was just a stocky and strong Power forwards with great hands, but his skating and skills were awesome.

R.I.P. Vlad.

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RIP, So tragic, have to watch the CCCP documentary tonight.

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RIP

One of the best scoring forwards the world have seen

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One of the greatest RIP

Rest In Piece
You are member of the marvelous line that got me in to hockey in the mid 80`s.
The three of you in The KLM line and #2 Fetisov took the breath out of me.
Thank you for all the wonderful moments you shared with the hockey-world.

My thoughts goes out to his famuily and friends. They most have a hard time mow.
May the hockey gods take good care of you V.Krutov.

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May he Rest In Peace.

Sometimes 'rewriters of history' have tried to give the impression that he was a one-dimensional goalscorer and a by-product of Larionov and/or Makarov, but that is most certainly coming from people who did not watch him in the 1980s. I had the pleasure and privilege to do so.

Which Russian player has had as high a peak as Krutov did (around 1986-88)? Not even Mikhailov, not Petrov, not Larionov, not Maltsev... sure, the fall from grace happened quickly, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he was one of the best Russian/'European' players of all-time.

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A great tribute, Mulle. My favorite Krutov goals were scored against the US in a preliminary game to the 1980 Olympics (February 9, 1980, Madison Square Garden), to make the score 3-0, and in the Silver Medal game of the 1980 Olympics against Sweden, to make the score 6-0. Both goals are nearly identical, and show his incredible ability to handle the puck and fake defenders and goalies out of their jocks!

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May he Rest In Peace.

Sometimes 'rewriters of history' have tried to give the impression that he was a one-dimensional goalscorer and a by-product of Larionov and/or Makarov, but that is most certainly coming from people who did not watch him in the 1980s. I had the pleasure and privilege to do so.

Which Russian player has had as high a peak as Krutov did (around 1986-88)? Not even Mikhailov, not Petrov, not Larionov, not Maltsev... sure, the fall from grace happened quickly, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he was one of the best Russian/'European' players of all-time.
You are correct. He was one of the best forwards in the 1980 Olympics, before Larionov was placed on the national team, and when he was skating on a different line from Makarov. He would be one of the all-time greats regardless of who skated with him.

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Rest In Peace, Vladimir. A truly wonderful hockey player.

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Krutov

I remember watching him live, 5 times during the 87 Canada Cup. He was in my mind the Soviets most dangerous forward player. Great skills and balance. Too bad, great player!

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May he Rest In Peace.

Sometimes 'rewriters of history' have tried to give the impression that he was a one-dimensional goalscorer and a by-product of Larionov and/or Makarov, but that is most certainly coming from people who did not watch him in the 1980s. I had the pleasure and privilege to do so.

Which Russian player has had as high a peak as Krutov did (around 1986-88)? Not even Mikhailov, not Petrov, not Larionov, not Maltsev... sure, the fall from grace happened quickly, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he was one of the best Russian/'European' players of all-time.
As a player, Larionov was way worse than Krutov. It was Larionov the one who was beneficed of centering two of the greatest players of all time.

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As a player, Larionov was way worse than Krutov. It was Larionov the one who was beneficed of centering two of the greatest players of all time.
I've always thought that it could have been anybody centering Krutov and Makarov.

You have to give Larionov some credit for succeeding in the NHL (though not quite on a superstar level) and having a long career there. But in the 1980s playing for the Soviet Union, I don't think Krutov and Makarov really 'needed' him at all. Never mind the "Brains of the line" and "Professor" talk. Put Vyacheslav Bykov on that line and they would have been at least as good IMO.

In 1986-88 Krutov was as good as anybody in Soviet hockey history. Viktor Tikhonov says in his book that Anatoli Tarasov had called Krutov the greatest forward Soviet Union has ever had.

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He was a tank. RIP.

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