Biography [Source: 1972summitseries.com] It is often said that if you were some how able to rank the top players in the history
of hockey, a number of the members of the Soviet Red Army would be included near the top. Some would say Alexander Maltsev would top that list.
While it is virtually impossible to compare hockey players from different eras, it is also almost as hard to compare international legends to National
Hockey Leaguers. However there is little doubt that Maltsev ranks among the most talented hockey players ever.
Maltsev was a bit of a rarity in Soviet hockey. While he was a leading player on the National Team, he played with Dynamo Moscow in the Soviet League
as opposed to the Red Army team. The Red Army always served as the Russian's national team and most national team members also would skate with the
Big Red Machine during the Soviet League schedule. Maltsev was one of the few players who was able to play elsewhere during the season.
In Soviet League play Alexander played in 530 games from 1967 to 1984. In that time he scored 329 goals while leading Dynamo Moscow to 6 silver medals
and 7 bronze medals. The Red Army, stacked with all the best players, almost annually won the gold medal. Dynamo Moscow is generally considered to be
Russia's second most successful team.
Alexander became a legend on the International side of the game. He participated in three Olympic games, helping the Soviet Union win gold in 1972 and
1976, as well as a silver medal in 1980. Maltsev also played in 12 World Championships, winning gold in 9 of those tournaments. Three times he was named
the World Championship's best forward and was a tournament all star 5 times.
Maltsev is of course best known to North Americans for his starring role in the 1972 Summit Series where he teamed with CCCP's most dangerous individual
player, Valeri Kharlamov. He was a set up man for Kharlamov who was the trigger man. His five assists tied him for second on the Series' assist list.
When Kharlamov scored his two goals in game one to shock the Canadians and take a demanding lead, Maltsev, was the guy who set him up.
Alexander Maltsev also starred in the 1976 Canada Cup. He scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 5 games and was the only Russian named to the tournament All
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