Why did Anatoli Fedotov make the Soviet Canada Cup team in 1987?

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  1. Peter25

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    In the 1986-1987 season Anatoli Fedotov played 18 games for Dynamo Moscow scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. He was only the 6th leading defenseman in scoring in his own club team. In his career Fedotov did not play in any other major tournament except for the 1987 Canada Cup.

    In the fall of 1987 Soviet Union had better and more established defensemen than Fedotov who were left off from the national team. Sergei Starikov and Vladimir Konstantinov of CSKA were left off the team. Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and Mikhail Tatarinov of Dynamo Moscow were also far better than Fedotov who played for the same club team. They did not play in the Canada Cup.

    It always boggled my mind why Fedotov was chosen to play in this tournament. Was it simply an experiment? Maybe, but other than Fedotov the Soviets iced their best team in that tournament (from their top players only Mikhail Tatarinov, Sergei Yashin and maybe Mikhail Vasilyev were missing).

    EDIT: Typo on the header: It should be Fedotov, not Fedorov.
     
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    ^^^ Was this not at the time that Viktor Tikhonov was essentially running the Soviet Hockey System and PARANOID the stars would defect left Mogilny, Bure and others off the National Team rosters?
     
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    I don't see your point here.

    For example Tikhonov picked up promising young players like Valeri Kamensky and Igor Kravchuk to the Canada Cup team. They did not defect.

    Tikhonov was usually pretty rational in selecting players to major tournaments as his winning record proves, but the selection of Fedotov to play in 1987 Canada Cup was not one of Tikhonov's best moments.
     
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    I believe that Konstantinov may still have been playing center at that time, before making the full time transition to defense.
     
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    In 1987, Fedotov was considered to be an up and coming defenseman of the future. He starred in the 1986 WJC alongside other D men like Konstantinov, Tatarinov and '87 CC teammate Igor Kravchuk. I can only guess that Tikhonov liked his speed, skating ability and toughness, and thought that those qualities would progress in a way that never in fact happened. I thought that Fedotov was a sound and reliable player, but certainly not one to be a cornerstone of the defense.
     
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    There was no evident paranoia about defection in 1987, because it was a non-issue. It was too radical a step for players to contemplate in 1987, and there was no real recruitment of defectors by NHL franchises at that time. Mogilny's defection in 1989 was before the dissolution of the USSR, and was a big shock to everyone!

    Probably the biggest reason for Fedotov's presence in 1987 was the absence of Bilyaletdinov, the current national team coach. Tikhonov liked to maintain defense partnerships from club teams, and Z. Bilyaletdinov and V. Pervukhin were frequent partners on the Soviet national team. With Bilyaletdinov missing, Tikhonov made the decision to pair Pervukhin with Fedotov for the Canada Cup, since Fedotov was also from Moscow Dynamo. That could easily be all there was to it.
     
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    That was exactly the case. Fedotov was Pervukhin's partner in Dynamo.
     
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    Bilyaletdinov was Pervukhin's partner in Dynamo. Was Bilyaletdinov injured during the 1987 Canada Cup?

    Dynamo had also Mikhail Tatarinov who was a superior player to Fedotov. Tatarinov played alongside Pervukhin in the Rendez Vous 1987 and he was great.
     
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    Bilyaletdinov was paired with Mikulchik by that time.
     

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