Igor Larionov was one of the top players for the Soviet Union in the 1980’s and was the Centre for their top line; the famed “KLM Line”, alongside Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov. They were the dominant force in International Hockey that decade, but Larionov longed to test his skills in the National Hockey League. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet hockey regime and due to the necessity of funds for the Soviet Sports bureau, a deal was brokered where Igor and many of his talented “comrades” would get to play in the NHL.
At the age of 29, Larionov started his NHL career and would amass over 600 points in fourteen seasons. These respectable totals were also joined by three Stanley Cups in Detroit, where in the heart of blue collar U.S.A., a Soviet born player was a popular star. Throughout his career, Larionov was praised for his excellent passing skills, his solid two way play and being a winner at almost every level.
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