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Sportsnet tells the story of Alexander Mogilny’s defection, realities of late-Soviet Tikhonov hockey

Alexander Mogilny was one of the last (and only) Soviet-era players to defect from the USSR to play in the NHL (Sergei Fedorov, Mogilny and Pavel Bure were the young stars int he crown), and Sportsnet told his story. Former Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan narrates the tale, Sergei Fedorov makes several appearances in the 23-minute video, and thankfully, this feature was produced before Viktor Tikhonov's death, so it reminds us that Russian hockey has lost a legend--and a legendarily cruel dictator:

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That was fascinating George. Thank you for pointing that in our direction. The cold war tension back then was so thick. It was a tenuous time. Mogliny was a brave kid.

Posted by Frosty on 11/26/14 at 02:41 AM ET

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