May 7, 2003
October 10, 2011
Claim to fame:
He played in net for the Russians in all 8 games of the 1972 Summit Series and became a legend. He was the first Russian to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. Even more amazingly, he was elected in without ever playing in the NHL (Serge Savard when he was GM of the Montreal Canadiens scouted him extensively and wanted him to come to Canada to play but the Russian authorities would not let him leave.
Where are they now?
He eventually moved to the USA and became the goaltending coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. He taught Martin Brodeur for 8 years, Jose Theodore for eight years and Eddie Belfour for seven years. He also teaches at goaltending schools in Minnesota and Toronto. His family still lives in Moscow and he lives there half the year.