Gerry Cheevers and Vladislav Tretyak shake hands after one of the games of the 1974 Summit Series between the USSR and the WHA.  That’s Canadian backup goalie Don McLeod gazing on in the background.
In his autobiography, Tretyak wrote about Cheevers as follows:

"I was fascinated by the goalie Gerry Cheevers.  He was fearless, skillful, and calm; a very good goalkeeper.  As an individual he was one in a million.  Before the game, he would come over and hit me on the pads with his stick, his way of wishing me good luck.  What I could not understand was that he smoked.  Even just before the game, he would stand in front of the dressing room with a thick cigar in his mouth.  Once I asked, ‘Gerry, why do you smoke?’ ‘It helps me to relax,’ he replied.  In his contract, it was stated that he was allowed to drink beer during the intermission.  Amazing!  I think that this was just as reckless as playing without a helmet."

Gerry Cheevers and Vladislav Tretyak shake hands after one of the games of the 1974 Summit Series between the USSR and the WHA.  That’s Canadian backup goalie Don McLeod gazing on in the background.

In his autobiography, Tretyak wrote about Cheevers as follows:

"I was fascinated by the goalie Gerry Cheevers.  He was fearless, skillful, and calm; a very good goalkeeper.  As an individual he was one in a million.  Before the game, he would come over and hit me on the pads with his stick, his way of wishing me good luck.  What I could not understand was that he smoked.  Even just before the game, he would stand in front of the dressing room with a thick cigar in his mouth.  Once I asked, ‘Gerry, why do you smoke?’ ‘It helps me to relax,’ he replied.  In his contract, it was stated that he was allowed to drink beer during the intermission.  Amazing!  I think that this was just as reckless as playing without a helmet."

Yuri Moiseyev carries the puck in for CSKA Moscow in the mid-1960s.

Yuri Moiseyev carries the puck in for CSKA Moscow in the mid-1960s.

Iya Gavrilova and Yekaterina Smolentseva, and their reflections.

Iya Gavrilova and Yekaterina Smolentseva, and their reflections.

(Source: facebook.com, via fuckyeahhockeyladies)

Jonathan Cheechoo, #18, in action for Dinamo Minsk against Czech Extraliga side HC Olomouc during a 2014-15 pre-season game. (Photo by Jiří Miklas, via hcdynamo.by)

Jonathan Cheechoo, #18, in action for Dinamo Minsk against Czech Extraliga side HC Olomouc during a 2014-15 pre-season game. (Photo by Jiří Miklas, via hcdynamo.by)

Thirty-three years ago today, we lost this man…

Thirty-three years ago today, we lost this man…

Alexei Chervyakov playing for HK Vityaz in the Vysshaya Liga (the 2nd division at the time) in 1999-2000.

Alexei Chervyakov playing for HK Vityaz in the Vysshaya Liga (the 2nd division at the time) in 1999-2000.

hockey-in-europe:

Russia wins the bronze medal against Finland in the 2013 world cup against Finland with goals by Shibanova (1:0) and Vafina (2:0). Team manager Alexei Yashin has to dry his eyes.

(via weirduglygirl)

Boris Mikhailov (l.) and Valery Kharlamov arriving at the rink, sometime in the 1970s.

Boris Mikhailov (l.) and Valery Kharlamov arriving at the rink, sometime in the 1970s.

Opponents?  What opponents?  Vladimir Tkachyov does a cruel thing to the QMJHL team at the 2013 Subway Super series. (Source - a nice article by Lowetide about Tkachyov and his upcoming appearance at the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp)

metallurg-hockey:

Alexei Morozov announced his retirement :(

Here’s wishing him a happy and relaxing retirement!

metallurg-hockey:

Alexei Morozov announced his retirement :(

Here’s wishing him a happy and relaxing retirement!

The Krylya Sovetov youth team in the late 1980s.  Note young Alexei Morozov, who just announced his retirement this past weekend, fourth from the right in the back row.

The Krylya Sovetov youth team in the late 1980s.  Note young Alexei Morozov, who just announced his retirement this past weekend, fourth from the right in the back row.

New logo of Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk for 2014-15, along with a picture of a wooly mammoth for obvious reasons.

The English word “mammoth,” incidentally, derives from a word in one of the Uralic languages spoken in the region of Khanty-Mansiysk, where it originally meant “earth-horn.”  Its meaning as a synonym of “enormous” has a funny story behind it!  From etymonline.com:

As an adjective, “gigantic,” from 1802; in this sense “the word appears to be originally American” [Thornton, “American Glossary”], and its first uses are in derogatory accounts of the cheese wheel, more than 4 feet in diameter, sent to President Jefferson by the ladies of the Baptist congregation in Cheshire, Mass., as a present, engraved with the motto “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Federalist editors mocked the affair, and called up the word mammoth (known from Peale’s exhibition) to characterize it.

The individual award recipients at the 2010 European Women’s Champions Cup tournament, held in Berlin and won by Tornado Moscow Oblast.  From left to right: Best Forward Iya Gavrilova (Tornado), Best Defender Emma Laaksonen (Espoo Blues), Best Goaltender Ivonne Schroeder (OSC Berlin-Schoneberg).

The individual award recipients at the 2010 European Women’s Champions Cup tournament, held in Berlin and won by Tornado Moscow Oblast.  From left to right: Best Forward Iya Gavrilova (Tornado), Best Defender Emma Laaksonen (Espoo Blues), Best Goaltender Ivonne Schroeder (OSC Berlin-Schoneberg).

Ultra-rare photograph of somebody not named Vladislav Tretyak doing the netminding for the USSR in the mid-1970s.  That’s Alexander Sidelnikov, at the 1974 Summit Series between the Soviet Union and the WHA.

Ultra-rare photograph of somebody not named Vladislav Tretyak doing the netminding for the USSR in the mid-1970s.  That’s Alexander Sidelnikov, at the 1974 Summit Series between the Soviet Union and the WHA.