Summit ’72 – Big Jean And His New Pals

Jean Beliveau sits in the stands at Luzhniki in Moscow in 1972, flanked by two huge Soviet stars, Valeri Kharlamov and Vladimir Vikulov.

You know who Kharlamov was. But Vikulov was also a dandy, and was the one who took the ceremonial faceoff against Phil Esposito before game one in Montreal. When I was in Russia years ago I was told that Vikulov has had a difficult time in his life after retiring from hockey, but whether or not this is true, I don’t know. I just hope all’s well with this once-skilled right winger who played in six of the eight Summit games, notching two goals and one assist.

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