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Viktor Blinov

The 1968 Olympic gold medallists. Viktor Blinov is 2nd from the left in the front row.

In 1968 one of the up and coming stars of Soviet hockey was a fellow named Viktor Blinov (not to be confused with Yuri Blinov). However that year the 23 year old Olympic star died during a training session.

Tass, the Soviet news agency, said "the hard shooting defenseman" fell while practicing with his club team, Moscow Spartak. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital where he died. It was later ruled to be a heart attack.

He played three seasons with the Soviet national team, scoring 10 goals in 32 games. Blinov starred at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics, where the Soviets won a gold medal.

An arena in his hometown of Omsk is named after him. The arena also hosts the Viktor Blinov Memorial Hockey Tournament.


International Hockey Legends

Australia
Dave Cunningham
Russell Jones

Austria
Del St. John
Dr. Blake Watson

Canada
George Abel

Hank Akervall 
Moe Benoit
Roger Bourbonnais
Connie Broden
Sean Burke
Jack Cameron

Billy Colvin
Bill Dawe
John Devaney
Murray Dowey
Frank Frederickson
Chris Fridfinnson

Bill Gibson
Randy Gregg

Wayne Gretzky

Wally Halder
Paul Henderson
Fabian Joseph

Mario Lemieux
Eric Lindros
Barry MacKenzie

George Mara
Seth Martin
Mark Messier

Morris Mott
Dunc Munro

Steve Nemeth
Hugh Plaxton
Beattie Ramsay

Ab Renaud
Don Rope
Reg Schroeter
Gord Sherven
Darryl Sly

Harry Watson

Stelio Zupancich

Czech Republic
Jiri Bubla

Vlastimil Bubnik
Josef Cerny
Jaroslav Drobny
Jiri Dudacek
Miroslav Dvorak

Karel Gut
Dominik Hasek

Petr Hejma
Milos Holan
Jiri Holecek
Jaroslav Holik

Jiri Holik

Martin Hostak
Jiri Hrdina

Jaroslav Jirik
Stanislav Konopasek

Oldrich Machac
Vladimir Martinec
Bohumil Modry

Eduard Novak
Jiri Novak
Milan Novy

Pavel Patera
Jan Peka

Frantisek Popisil
Robert Reichel
Bohuslav Stastny
Jan Suchy
Frantisek Tikal
Vladimir Zabrodsky

Finland
Tony Arima

Matti Hagman
Raimo Helminen

Aarne Honkavaara

Arto Javananian
Erkki Laine

Pekka Rautakallio
Simo Saarinen

France

Pierre Allard
Philippe Bozon

Germany
Rudi Ball
Karl Friesen 

Petr Hejma
Gustav Jaenecke
Udo Kiessling
Erich Kuhnhackl
Robert Mueller

Great Britain
Jimmy Foster
Tony Hand

Pep Young
Chick Zimick

Hungary
Attila Ambrus

Bela Ordody

Israel
Max Birbraer



Italy
Rino Alberton
Mike Rosati


Latvia
Helmut Balderis
Elmars Bauris
Viktor Khatulev 
Harry Mellups
Leonids Vedejs
Harijs Vitolins

Norway
Stephen Foyn

Espen Knutsen
Anders Myrvold
Bjorne Skaare
Petter Thoresen
Poland
Ralf Adamowski

Wieslaw Jobczyk 

Romania
Constantine Cantacuzino

Russia
Venjamin Alexandrov
Alexander Almetov
Vyacheslav Anisin
Yevgeny Babich 

Sergei Babinov
Evgeny Belosheikin 

Viktor Blinov
Yuri Blinov
Vsevolod Bobrov
Alexander Bodunov
Vyacheslav Bykov
Nikolai Drozdetsky
Viacheslav Fetisov
Anatoli Firsov
Edward Ivanov
Alexander Galimov
Alexei Guryshev 

Alexei Kasatonov
Valeri Kharlamov

Nikolai Khlystov
Vladimir Krutov 

Valentin Kuzin
Viktor Kuzkin
Igor Larionov
Konstantin Loktev

Vladimir Lutchenko
Sergei Makarov
Alexander Maltsev
Boris Mikhailov 

Grigori Mkrtychan
Vladimir Myshkin
Victor Nechaev
Vladimir Petrov

Stanislav Petukhov 
Sergei Priakhin

Nikolai Puchkov
Alexander Ragulin
Anatoli Semenov 

Vladimir Shadrin
Sergei Shepelev

Viktor Shuvalov
Alexander Sidelnikov

Genrikh Sidorenkov
Nikolai Sologubov

Sergei Svetlov
Anatoli Tarasov
Ivan Tregubov
Vladislav Tretiak

Gennady Tsygankov
Alexander Uvarov

Valeri Vasiliev

Vladimir Vikulov
Alexander Yakushev
Viktor Zinger

Slovenia
Janez Albreht

Ernest Aljancic
Rudi Hiti

Slovakia
Jiri Bicek

Vladimir Dzurilla
Jozef Golonka

Igor Liba
Vaclav Nedomansky
Ladislav Trojak

Sweden
Monte Afzelius

Lasse Bjorn
Anders Eldebrink
Leif Holmqvist

Tumba Johansson
Jorgen Jonsson

Kenny Jonsson

Eje Lindstrom 
Mats Naslund
Carl-Goran Oberg

Sigfrid Oberg
Borje Salming
Ulf Sterner 

Roland Stoltz
Lennart Svedberg
Einar Svensson
Hakan Wickberg


Switzerland
Ferdinand Cattini

Hans Cattini
Paul Dipietro
Pauli Jaks

Gebi Poltera
Uli Poltera
Richard "Bibi" Torriani 

Hans-Martin Trepp

USA
Tony Amonte

Hobey Baker
Dave Christian

Roger Christian
Bill Cleary
Bob Cleary

Jim Craig
 

Herb Drury
Mike Eruzione
Moose Goheen

Willard Ikola
Steve Janaszak
Mark Johnson
Ray Leblanc 

Joe Linder
John Mayasich

Jack McCartan

Weldy Olson
Winthrop "Ding" Palmer
David Quinn
Mike Richter

Andy Roach 
Jim Sedin
 

Coddy Winters
Scott Young

Ken Yackel
 

Pavel Patera

A lot of people are making a big deal about old man Jaromir Jagr playing in his 5th Olympic Games at Sochi 2014. Sure, he is 41, but he is a true legendary superstar after all.

But did you know that Jagr isn't even the oldest player on the Czech Republic team? Both Martin Rucinsky and Pavel Patera are 42!

All three were members of the Czech Republic's 1998 gold medal team. Jagr and Rucinsky were regular NHLers. Patera didn't last nearly as long - playing just 32 games over two seasons, one with Dallas and one with Minnesota.

"There are a lot of mental obstacles for him," said Craig Button, then the Stars director of player personnel. "It takes time and you can't speed it up."

But the Stars scouting staff liked him a lot. They drafted him following the Olympics, thanks largely to the advice of former NHLer Jiri Hrdina.

"He's a quiet leader who scores the big goals," Hrdina said, who also acted as Patera's translator in Dallas. "He's a very skilled offensive player who sees the puck very well. His teammates will be surprised he finds them with his passes."

The whole organization saw potential.

"He's not a dazzling player. He just makes smart plays," Stars chief amateur scout Tim Bernhardt said. "He has great knowledge of the game and the ability to read the ice. We see him as a third-line player, but maybe more if he can really adjust."

He was talented enough to play many years in the NHL, but he did not make the adjustment to North American life very well, neither on and off the ice. On the ice Patera struggled with the heavy physical demands of the NHL regular season. He also played a foreign position defensively. In Czech hockey the center was expected to stay high, but in Dallas he was expected to be first in on the forecheck. Off the ice he struggled with the language.

"I'm getting a lot of help from the other players, but I feel I will be able to communicate in English with them in three or four months," Patera said at training camp. "Mike Keane has helped me the most. He just explains things, and talks slowly to me."

After being a star in Europe, Patera really wanted to test his game in the best league in the world. Coach Ken Hitchcock gave him a vote of confidence early by playing him on a line with the great shooter Brett Hull.

"I never dreamed I would be on a line with Brett Hull and Mike Keane," Patera said. "It didn't just happen that this team won the Stanley Cup. This is a team of great players, and I know it's going to be tough to crack the lineup. This is another challenge for me in my hockey life."

"We're going to have to complement him with people who are able to read off of his vision," Hitchcock said. "If you just have grinders who don't read off his vision, then I think you're not going to accomplish the things you can with this player."

But Patera never clicked with Hull, and never did find chemistry with anyone else. After 12 games and 1 goal, he left to finish the season back in the Czech league.

He came back to the NHL the following year, now with Minnesota thanks to an off-season trade. His stint in Minny wasn't much better - 20 games and one more goal, with the rest of the season spent in the minor leagues.

Pavel Patera headed back overseas after that. First he went to Russia to play in the KHL and then he returned home to play for many more seasons in his hometown of Kladno.

Stephen Foyn


This is Stephen Foyn, a Swedish born Norwegian hockey legend. In addition to starring with club team Sparta, Foyn played with Norway at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics as well as 3 World Championships.

Foyn scored 6 goals in 16 games at the various Olympics. Norway was never much of a hockey power, so it makes Foyn's goal against Canada in 1984 a real highlight. It was Norway's only goal in an 8-1 loss.

In fact, it was the last goal scored by Norway against Canada in the Olympics. In 30 years since, they have yet to score again.

Norway will try again on February 13th, 2014 in Sochi.


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