Soviet Recap of 1970 World Championship

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    9) Tatyana Kuzmichova

    Finally I get to continue this thread. There are still five write-ups left to paraphrase.

    Kuzmichova writes about hockey "through women's eyes". Another contribution mostly covering trivia and off-ice chatter. Confirmation of what we've already learned from Roland Stoltz via Vladimir Dvortsov: the WHC was highly popular with both sexes in Stockholm. One game-related note of interest: Kuzmichova says that "we" (=the Soviet entourage in Stockholm) "felt sorry the Canadians didn't come". She quotes Valery Kharlamov as saying that it wasn't the same without them.
     
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    10) Aleksandr Dobrov

    Dobrov provides an insight into the sports journalists accredited at the WHC in Stockholm. There were 388 media people accredited (25 more than in 1969), about 100 of them from Sweden. The Finns and Czechoslovaks were also represented by large delegations (among them a Czech veteran journalist named Karel Buresch who had already attended the first WHC in Milano back in 1934) and the Soviets had about 50 people in Stockholm. The Canadians and Americans didn't send anyone over, their coverage was provided by the permanent correspondents they had in Sweden. The smallest delegation: one single sports journalist from Japan. Dobrov proceeds to point out how many paper they had to use to print the WHC bulletin, how busy the phone operators were, how well everything was organized and so on. He closes with a look ahead to the 1971 WHC in Switzerland.
     
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    11) Gennady Radchuk

    Radchuk's contribution is dedicated to the three newcomers on the team: Vladislav Tretyak, Valery Vasilyev and Vladimir Shadrin.

    Vladislav Tretyak:
    Tarasov is quoted as highlighting Tretyak's exceptionally young age (he was 18) and Radchuk says Tretyak was better than Swedish goaltender Gunnar Bäckman who gave his WHC debute at the age of 30. (Actually he was 29 and turned 30 a month after the tournament.) Bäckman, he says, "lost the match with the Finns" (1-3 on March 17th) and "he almost lost the match against Czechoslovakia" (5-4 on March 15th). Still, Tretyak's lack of experience showed: "I will not argue that Vladislav played brilliantly, there were mistakes, there were deficiencies." The WHC was a learning experience for the young goalkeeper.

    Valery Vasilyev:
    In his very first WHC game (against East Germany) Vasilyev immediately engaged in physical play. It didn't went just smoothly for the nervous newcomer, but when he lost his balance veteran Vitaly Davydov was there to bail him out. Overall Vasilyev had a good game, head coach Arkady Chernyshov said. His assessment of Vasilyev: ""He's a fearless defenceman, promising but not without flaws." Good at breaking up attacks, not so good at passing (sometimes "slow" and "late" to hand over the puck) and not always tactically disciplined due to his temper.

    Vladimir Shadrin:
    Shadrin impressed CAHA president Earl Dawson on the Soviet tour of Canada in December 1969, but he only got to play in one game at the WHC. A "master of the passing game", his weakness was the "lack of athletic qualities". He registered one goal and four assists in his single game (centering Maltsev and Yakushev in an 11-0 victory against Poland), though Radchuk says his performance was "not particularly impressive". Still Radchuk has no doubt his "peculiar talent" will benefit the team in the future.
     
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    12) V. Chertkov

    A short write-up dedicated to team doctor Oleg Belakovsky and his work in Stockholm. The two main concerns during the tournament were the injury suffered by Viktor Konovalenko and a fever that Anatoly Firsov was suffering from. Also reported: Minor injuries suffered by various players (Paladyev and Mishakov are named); Vasilyev was sent to the hospital for X-ray examination but nothing serious was found; Kharlamov got one game off (the second game against Poland on March 17) to get some rest on the advise of Belakovsky.

    Biographical side note: Belakovsky (born 1921) grew up in Sestroretsk where he played soccer and bandy with the young Vsevolod Bobrov. From 1951 on he worked as medical with VVS and CSKA in the Soviet league and became involved with the Soviet national team (both soccer and hockey). He remained with CSKA well into the 1980s.
     
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    13) Albert Leykin

    Leykin served the national team as a translator at the WHC. His job was to enable effective communication with the local hotel staff, with foreign hockey officials and with foreign journalists. Also part of his job: two times a day he studied everything the Swedish papers (morning and evening papers) wrote about the tournament and reported the news to the team. In his contribution he reflects on a laborious WHC with many interviews and press conferences to translate and lots of papers to read.
     
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