Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/01/05 at 10:59 PM ET
This small sleepy town, nestled beneath the Ural Mountains, would probably remain anonymous in the annals of sport if not for a Russian hockey hero who graced the local ice almost 40 years ago. Valery Kharlamov, arguably the greatest Russian hockey player of all time, dazzled audiences the world over in the 1970s, way before the next generation of Russians were allowed to leave for North America's National Hockey League (NHL). He died in a car crash in August 1981, aged 33, when his car, driven by his wife, skidded off the rainsoaked Leningradsky motorway, 74 km north of Moscow, and crashed head-on into a truck. The couple, who were returning home from their country house, were killed instantly. On Monday, Kharlamov will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, becoming only the fourth Russian after coach Anatoly Tarasov, goaltender Vladislav Tretiak and defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov to be granted the honor.
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