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Is Slava Fetisov ready for his close-up?

George here: I posted this little tidbit in my Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 tailings post, but I gather that not all of you read TMR, and something tells me that more than just Red Wings fans will be interested in this little ditty.

"Rope of Silicon's" Brad Brevet reported that a documentary titled Red Army--a film chronicling the creation, dominance, persistance and downfall of the mighty Soviet Red Army hockey team and its players--will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

Is main character is a certain former Red Wing, New Jersey Devil, Russian Minister of Sport and current senator from Vladivostok, one Vyacheslav "Slava" Fetisov, who captained the team through the "Miracle on Ice" years and was part of the famous "Green Unit" (a.k.a. KLM line).

From Brevet:

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All Vyacheslav Fetisov

from Russia Beyond The Headlines,

RBTH: You seem so sure that the NHL won’t let its players go to the Olympics, but the League won’t comment on this. Do you have inside information from top officials?

V.F.: I know some details of the talks between the NHL and the players. Believe me, international tournaments is the last thing they are talking about, well, maybe the second-to-last thing.

RBTH: But surely the Olympics should be one of the most important points on the agenda…

V.F.: You have to understand the psychology of business. For Bettman, just like any other NHL club owner, the Stanley Cup is a dream. But it also means money.

The Olympics are organized by the International Olympic Committee, which never shares its profits. This is their event, and something tells me that Bettman couldn’t care less about the players who want to play for their national team. I think most of the other club owners will agree with him.


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Fetisov Surprised By Level Of Play

from RIA Novosti,

Former NHL star Vyacheslav Fetisov said he was impressed with high-level hockey being performed at the Vancouver Olympics and was unable to name a possible champion.

Fetisov, who heads the board of Continental Hockey League (KHL), arrived in Vancouver following an invitation by the International Hockey Federation, which would honor Olympic, world and Stanley Cup champions in the Canadian city on February 22.

The two-time Olympic champion said he followed closely Vancouver hockey matches before arriving in Canada.

“Those six teams which I observed in their first two matches are quite equal. I did not expect many teams here to perform such a [high] level [hockey],” Fetisov said.

continued and what are the chances the networks of NBC will show some highlights of the IIHF event…

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The State Of The KHL

from Russia Today,

The Continental Hockey League (KHL) will become equal to their American contemporary the NHL in the next five years, says hockey legend and KHL CEO Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sport-Express newspaper reports.

The KHL officials have officially closed the 2008/09 season, giving a press-conference on Friday.

“I congratulate all of you on the successful conclusion of the KHL season. Everything we were talking about in the past seven years has now become a reality. You all see interest among fans which the league attracted from the very start of the season and the impact that caused by the final series,” Vyacheslav Fetisov said.

“When people do their job from the heart, the result is great. If we continue this way then within five years we will be able to compete with the National Hockey League. We are ready to catch up with Americans as to the quality of the game, and the level of the games organization. But there is, of course, a lot of work ahead of us,” he added.


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Report: Fetisov Heading into Russian Politics

From the Moscow Times,

Hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov could become a Federation Council senator as early as next week, while the federal agency he heads could be dissolved, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing senior government officials.

Pro-Kremlin party United Russia on Monday nominated Fetisov, head of the Federal Sports Agency, to represent the Primorye region in the Far East in the upper house of the parliament, an unidentified senior party official told Vedomosti.

Primorye regional legislature would likely appoint Fetisov to the post on Sept. 17, the newspaper cited an unidentified source close to the presidential administration as saying.


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