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Valeri Kharlamov

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The Resume

    (January 14, 1948-August 27, 1981)
    Born in Moscow, Russia
    Forward for CSKA Moscow (1967-81)
    Played on three Soviet Olympic teams (1972,1976,1980)
    Inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame (1990), Hockey Hall of Fame (2005), and Russian Hockey Hall of Fame (2014)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was nicknamed 'the Spaniard' because his mother was a Basque refugee from the Spanish Civil War.
    At 5'7 and 150 pounds, he was considered small in stature for a forward.
    He did not know he had fathered a son, Alexander, until the mother, Irina, phoned him up and told him. (He and Irina married a year later.)
    Shortly before his death, he was told he would not be part of the Soviet team at the 1981 Canada Cup due to concerns about his conditioning.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was a two-time MVP of the Soviet Championship League (1972-73).
    He, Vladimir Petrov, and Boris Mikhailov formed one of the most dominant lines in international ice hockey.
    After the first Summit Series pitting the best players of Canada and the Soviet Union against each other, Team Canada head coach Harry Sinden said about Kharlamov, 'He has the skill and ability of any player in the NHL.'
    After his death, CSKA Moscow retired his uniform number 17 until his son Alexander joined the team.
    Sovetsky Sport established a Kharlamov Trophy for the best Russian player in the NHL (2002).

Credit: C. Fishel

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