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I know this in the Minnesota Wild page, but we inevitably get asked this by other fans because most don't know the whole story. This hopefully should clear up that question. Enjoy...and if anyone wants to share North Stars memories this is the place.
Did you see the movie "Red Army" ? It's a documentary about the story of the top-5 Soviets (Festisov, Kasatonov, Larionov, Krutov and Makarov) from their early days in Moscow, the opening to russian players in the NHL to the current situation. Very interesting.
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I saw "Red Army" - very well done. But I lived through and was glued to my tv during, the original "Summit Series" in 1972. That was bar-none, the most intense spellbinding sporting event/series I have ever witnessed. Soviets stars (playing for Red Army) at that time (off th top of my head) were Yaukushev, Petrov, Mikhailov, Tretiak and the great Khavlamov (Man that guy was amazing)...so amazing in fact that the famous two-handed chop by Bobby Clarke that broke Khalamov's ankle is seen by many as the cheapest cheap shot ever...but also the catalyst behind Canada's amazing comeback in the series. Man, that was a tense time (cold war, yada yada) and like I said the most compelling series I have ever witnessed.
Watched this last night. I was 5 years old when this game was played and I don't remember hearing too much about it. This was actually a pretty good game. The North Stars played the Soviets better than I expected them to. Mike Eaves really had a good game.