Saturday, June 9, 2012

RIP Vladimir Krutov tribute

USSR. Life.
USSR. Life. (Photo credit: Socialism Expo.)
Stick tap to HockeySemin for the video below.

"Beginning his career in the Soviet League, Krutov played just one game with the Red Army in 1977. Krutov went on to play in the Soviet League for eleven more seasons. During his career he played in one European Junior Championship, two World Junior Championships, seven World European Championships, three Canada Cups, and three Olympic Games. He led the USSR to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1979 and in both the 1979 and 1980 tournaments was the top scorer and the best forward. From 1981 to 1989, he played in the World European Championships and was named to the All-Star team in 1983, 1985, and 1987. He was also named best forward in 1986-1987.

In 1986, he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 11th choice (238th overall); however, he didn't sign with the team until September 1989. Playing for the Soviet team in the Canada Cup in 1987, he was named Soviet player of the game four times and named to the tournament All-Star team. Being pegged as the best forward in Soviet hockey during the 1980's, he went on to play with the Vancouver Canucks from 1989-90 with 11 goals and 23 assists in 61 games. After a poor season with Vancouver, Krutov was cut from the team. Following his end in Vancouver a court case began due to contract disputes, with his services for only a season cost the Vancouver Canucks $2.1-million before even reaching a decision, Krutov was be marked as the highest paid flop in the NHL at the time."

via Legends of Hockey 

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