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My Russian Poster, Signed By…..


I’ve been to several games in St. Petersburg over the years, before the KHL was born, and when the best Russian hockey was played in the Superleague (at that time called the International Hockey League).

One of the games I was at featured St. Petersburg SKA vs. the powerhouse Moscow Red Army squad, coached by legendary taskmaster Viktor Tikhonov.

This large 2’x3′ poster was on the wall of the Yubyleny Sports Palace, where the game was played, and one of the employees said I could have it after I asked politely.

It reads, among other things:

Season Opener
Friday September 9 St. Petersburg SKA – Kasan Etel
Sunday September 11 SKA – Moscow Red Army

That Sunday afternoon I got the poster signed by not only Tikhonov but also by 1972 Summit Series stars Boris Mikhailov (who was coaching SKA), and Viktor Kuzkin, who captained the ’72 squad and was sitting right behind me in the stands.

It’s also signed by Alexander Kharlamov, son of the iconic Valeri Kharlamov. Alexander was playing for Red Army at the time and wore number 17 like his dad once did.


Below, Victor Tikhonov signing away. That’s me in the striped shirt, with my back to the camera. (Taken by Lucy’s son Denis).


Brothers Mayorov

Today, Feb. 11, marks the 75th birthday of the Mayorov boys, Boris and Evgeny.

Geez, the things you learn on this blog.

Boris and Evgeny were a little too old to play in the 1972 Summit Series, with both calling it quits in 1969 after long and fruitful careers with Moscow Spartak. Boris was the better of the two, was captain of Spartak for ten years, was a six-time World Champion, and won two Olympic gold medals. Boris was also President of the U.S.S.R. Hockey federation between 1981 and 1985.

Boris and Evgeny played on a line for years with Viacheslav Starchinov, who played in game two in Toronto in the 1972 Summit Series.

Below, Mayorov in action with Spartak against rivals Moscow Red Army. He’s number 9 in white. The second video shows Mayorov in his farewell game.

And finally, under the videos, my three signed photos of the guy.

Mayorov 1

Mayorov 2

Mayorov 3

The Answer To Yesterday’s Quiz Is……….

The answer is Alexander Kharlamov, son of the brilliant and legendary Soviet star Valeri Kharlamov. Bravo to Joe Pelletier for getting this right, even though I continue to pull my hair out and snarl menacingly because I’m not able to notch a shutout in the quiz department.

Alexander was playing for Moscow Red Army when I took this photo outside the Ubleny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg.  He and his team were in the beautiful northern city to play St. Petersburg SKA and I was there, up in the stands, with one eye on hockey and the other on the cheerleaders.  His coach, the legendary Viktor Tikhonov, was also milling about outside at this time after the game as you can see in the other picture below.

Young Kharlamov was only five years old when dad Valeri and mom Irina were killed in a tragic car accident in August of 1981, near Moscow.

Eventually the young fellow would become a decent hockey player, even having his playing rights owned by the Washington Capitals, but he never played a game in the NHL. It was a minor league career, bouncing here to there, from Moscow to Portland to Bakersfield to St. Petersburg, and although people were hoping he would become another great Kharlamov, he never did.

How could anyone become another Valeri Kharlamov, even his son?

You can see Alexander’s stats right here

Hockey Loses A Good One

Long-time NHL referee Lloyd Gilmour, a highly-respected individual who handled the 1976 Super Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Moscow Red Army in which the Russians left the ice for several minutes to protest the thuggery from the Broad Streeters, died last Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Joe Pelletier at Greatest Hockey Legends has all the details.

Below is my brochure from Gilmour’s one-time popular restaurant, Nanaimo Harbour Lights NHL Restaurant, signed by Gilmour, although I was never there. A friend was and brought it back for me.

In one of many testimonials for Gilmour, a fellow who worked at the restaurant when he was a teenager asked Gilmour who was better – Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr. Gilmour replied that Gretzky couldn’t carry Bobby Orr’s jock strap.


And this is what the fuss was about when Red Army played the Broad St. Bullies during Super Series ’76, with Gilmour at the helm as referee.

Habs In Training A Million Miles Away. And A Restaurant You Would’ve Liked.

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In September of 1990, the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota North Stars travelled to the USSR as part of their training camp for the 90-91 season. It was a long way to go for a training camp, but there’s a lot of NHL fans over there, and in particular, Montreal Canadiens fans, and this was a once in a lifetime chance for folks there to see these players in living colour.

Minnesota won only one of four games, but Montreal beat Leningrad SKA 5-3, Dynamo Riga 4-2, and Moscow Red Army 4-1. But they lost 4-1 to Dynamo Moscow.

In semi-related news, I mentioned in a previous post about a Russian Montreal Canadiens fan club of which I became an honorary member in 1991, but years later I was walking the back streets of St. Petersburg and came across a restaurant called “The Montreal Canadiens Club.” I went in and there was a dance floor with a giant mural of the Montreal skyline, and also a souvenir booth selling Habs pucks and pins  and such. And the waitresses wore team jerseys. Eventually this place closed down because it was really expensive, much too much for the average Russian citizen. But they managed to bring the entire Legends of Hockey team there for a big due and there were a lot of pictures of Frank Mahovlich, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, and other NHL stars getting tipsy and eyeballing the waitresses.

A few weeks after discovering this place I brought my friends there for dinner and it was great fun. I drank too much vodka, and spent way beyond my budget, but we needed to do this. How often does one eat at a Montreal Canadiens restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia?

Leftover Crumbs From the Big NHL Amateur Draft

Drafted 28th by the Phoenix Coyotes was a young fellow named Victor Tikhonov. Tikhonov is the grandson of legendary Soviet coach and taskmaster Victor Tikhonov, who we’re all seen over the years getting nasty with his Red Army and Russian National team players.

Grandpa Tikhonov was the cause of the bitter feud between Alexei Kasatonov and Viatcheslav Fetisov. Fetisov hated Tikhonov and everything he stood for. Kasatonov was a firm believer in the coach and the system. So the two, even though they were defence partners with the Red Army club and teammates in New Jersey, wouldn’t speak to each other. I don’t know if this bitterness still exists but it went on for years so it probably does.

Igor Larionov was another who never understood the drill sargeant techniques of Tikhonov. In fact, I think the majority of Soviet players thought he was a rotten bastard.

Tikhonov was once asked by a reporter about the Russian team in 1972 Summit Series, which he wasn’t a part of. “Why does everyone always talk about that team?” he asked, annoyed.  “Some of my teams were better than them.”

I personally was at a game in St. Petersburg between St. Petersburg SKA and Moscow Red Army, which Tikhonov was coaching. After the game I joined a bunch of people milling around him getting autographs, and he was smiling and as friendly as could be. Just like a kindly grandfather. Just like young Victor’s grandfather.

Victor Tikhonov (the grandson) grew up in California and of course speaks english with no accent at all. He didn’t even step foot in his mother country until he was a teenager. So although he played in Russia last year, and played for Russia in the World Juniors, he’s basically an All-American kid.


Montreal drafted a kid named Patrick Johnson in the 206th pick. Johnson happens to be the son of Mark Johnson, who captained the USA in the 1980 Olympics when they shocked the world by beating Victor Tikhonov’s Big Red Machine. Mark was also an NHL’er who played for five different teams. And young Victor is the grandson of Badger Bob Johnson, the much-loved coach of the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins.


Montreal also took right winger Danny Kristo at 56th, a youngster who’s years away from playing in the bigs. He’s still playing high school, then going to college. Kristo’s favourite team before the weekend was Ottawa.

For their 86th pick, the Habs chose 6’3″ Steve Quailer of the Sioux City Musketeers of the US Hockey League.

At the 116th pick, Montreal chose a goalie, Jason Missiawn of the Peterborough Petes, who happens to be, are you ready for this, 6’8″ tall!

And at 138th, they chose Russian Maxim Turnev, who Habs scouts say reminds them of Sergei Kostitisyn.


Last but not least is all the brand new turmoil swirling around the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rental player Marion Hossa is going to bolt the team this year and become a hired gun somewhere else. That means, of course, that it was a huge mistake Pittsburgh made by trading away blue chippers Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, and junior star Angelo Esposito and a second round draft choice to Atlanta for Hossa.

What was GM Ray Shero thinking? He probably thought Hossa might be the final piece of the puzzle to win the Cup. He was wrong.

Pittsburgh might also lose Ryan Malone, and who knows about Evgeny Malkin. He’s apparently been offered a boatload of money from a Russian team, and he says he wants to stay in Pittsburgh, but who knows? Los Angeles also seems interested.

Instead of the Penguins looking like the young Edmonton Oilers of the 1980’s, they could end up looking like the recent Ottawa Senators.