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When discussing the greatest hockey players of all time the natural tendency, particularly for North American fans, is to name the greatest NHL players ever. Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux and Maurice Richard are all household names, and the most frequently heard in arguments about the greatest of all time. However, on the rare occasion when the discussion is expanded to include all professional hockey players from around the world the name most often heard among players that never starred in the NHL is Valeri Kharlamov.
Up until the famous 1972 Summit Series where a team of Canadian NHL stars took on the Soviet’s powerful Red Army team Valeri Kharlamov was completely off the radar of even the most knowledgeable North American hockey fan. By the time the 8 game series was over that was certainly no longer the case.
Kharlamov was an absolute wizard with the puck and his skating prowess, his deft stickhandling and his ability to pass through seemingly clogged lanes gave his Canadian opponents headaches. Despite being matched up against Canada’s most tenacious checkers Kharlamov continued to shine offensively. With no other answer to the slick forward Bobby Clarke finally resorted to “taking him out”, breaking the Soviet star’s ankle with a vicious slash. Kharlamov was unable to play the 7th game and was a non-factor in the 8th and deciding contest. Canada went on to win the series, but many wondered if they would have done so if not for the slash of Kharlamov.
Today, three decades after his retirement from the sport, Kharlamov remains a Russian hockey legend, and at the Olympics and other international hockey events fans sporting a Valeri Kharlamov jersey are still a common sight.