Abel to Yzerman
by George Malik on 01/22/11 at 02:10 PM ET
The Vancouver Sun’s Greg Douglas notes that Wings fans might want to tune into the second half of Hockey Night in Canada’s doubleheader for a professorial reason:
Igor Larionov figures it took him roughly eight years to escape the grasp of the Soviet Ice Hockey Federation and particularly the head coach of the national team he grew to detest, Viktor Tikhonov. While the Canucks drafted him in 1985, it wasn’t until three years later when he broke the barrier that prevented Soviet players from joining NHL teams. Larionov performed his artistry for just three seasons in Vancouver but remains a fan favourite and the feeling is mutual. It took him eight seconds to accept the Canucks’ invitation for him and his wife Elena to be in the spotlight at tonight’s game against Calgary.
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