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27. Vladimir Konstantinov

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It might seem a little laughable now, but there was a time that all Russian players were considered soft. Vladimir Konstantinov may have been part of the 1980’s Soviet Red Army team but he was a man who was seemingly bred for the NHL as he was anything but “soft”. Konstantinov had an instant impact on the pros with the Red Wings. He was literally a pest who made it exceptionally difficult for opponents to score. This was reflected by his high plus/minus tallies. Konstantinov’s last season saw him as the Norris Trophy runner up and hoist the Stanley Cup. Less than a week after that triumph, Konstantinov was in a horrible limousine accident that put him in a coma and literally put him in the fight of his life. Needless to say, Vladimir never played again, though if he had it can be argued that he might be a much stronger candidate for induction than he is now.

 

Should Vladimir Konstantinov be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Murmansk, Russia, The Soviet Union
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 0200
  • Position: Defence
  • Played For: Detroit Red Wings
  • Non-NHL Teams: CKSA Moscow (Red Army)
    Team Soviet Union (World Hockey Championship 1986, 1989, 1990 & 1991)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Second Team All-Star (1996)
    Plus/Minus Award (1996)
    Most Defensive Point Shares (1996 & 1997)
    Stanley Cup Ring (Detroit Red Wing, 1997 & received a ring in 1998 though he did not play)
    World Hockey Championship Gold Medal (Soviet Union 1986, 1989 & 1990)
    World Hockey Championship Bronze Medal (Soviet Union 1991)

Should Vladimir Konstantinov be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8%

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