I have made some videos of old great russian/soviet hockey player on my youtube channel and this time a made one to Igor Larionov known as the Professor. He was one of the first Russian to come over to NA in the late 80s. And he came to Detroit in 1995 and joined other four Russian and lined up with them as the "Russian Five" He won 3 Stanley Cup with Red Wings. So i thought i could share the video here.
Igor Larionov is why I had faith Hudler could play in this league.
Larionov wasn't particularly fast. He was small. He didn't have jawdropping hands like Pavel. He wasn't a hard shooter. But outside of Gretzky, he may be the smartest player of his era.
He just seemed to know where the play was and had the incredible patience to make it happen.