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#1 WhiteLightning91

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 09:35 PM

The Russian Five

Great blog about how The Russian Five changed the NHL for players not only from Russia, but globally as well. As good as the Swedish Five were a couple seasons back, they cannot hold a candle to the dominance and instinct that the Russian Five had playing with each other. Each one knew exactly what the other 4 were thinking when they were on the ice. Really brings back some great memories.


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Posted 29 July 2007 - 09:56 PM

The Russian 5 determined my devotion to Red Wings!
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 10:10 PM

those were monumental times in hockey...

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 11:05 PM

Watching this tandem on t.v. was always amazing, but when I got to see them on the ice for the first time>>>>>>>>

It blew my mind! The swedish five should never be mentioned in the same context. Collectively, the 5 of them were like no cohesive line hockey has ever seen. Even with all the talent that we had in 2002, nothing could compare!

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 11:52 PM

lol im still mad i cant find all my old cards they passed out in the detroit new durin playoff time...my fav one was just that russian 5 one and the grind line
great great memories

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 12:42 AM

good times, great memories and Detroit still doing it with all the Swedes, Awesome management... thumbup.gif

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:12 AM

Ahhh the russian 5

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:28 AM

Thanks for the link. I remember watching those five take the ice, and it was shear beauty what they accomplished as a cohesive unit.
It's amazing how much clarity comes when you care more about the Red Wings than any individual player.


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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:42 AM

The Beauty of those 5 is the fact that because Detroit did that, it will never happen again.
Those five were plucked very delicately by the wings and put together, with one purpose, destroy the competition and win.
Now that the rest of the League saw this you will never get it again. Otherwise the Detroit Swedish 5 would have included guys like Forsberg from the start.
The Wings were lucky and very smart to put these guys together.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:40 AM

QUOTE(OsGOD @ July 30, 2007 - 09:12AM) View Post

Ahhh the russian 5

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Wow, man! I'm so jealous. That picture is awesome clap.gif )))
"Pavel, you wear the 'A' on your jersey as a team leader. What does that mean to you?"
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:42 AM

On the flip side of the coin, they changed the way people see Detroit hockey for the worse.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:50 AM

I wonder if the wings had been a different color uniform if that would have changed any opinions. In the days of cold war RED = Communism!!

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"A wise man once told me, ‘Don’t argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who'." Jay Z, Takeover

"When I was looking for a captain, I wanted a guy with the Red Wings crest tattooed on his chest," said former Detroit coach Jacques Demers, who named Yzerman captain in 1986. "Steve Yzerman was that guy."

“Told him if he wasn't ultra-competitive he couldn't come here. If he didn't bring it every day he couldn't come here, because he was going to hate it if he didn't, dislike the coach and dislike playing here.
“It's real straightforward. If you don't do it right, you're not happy here." Babcock

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE(jaytan @ July 30, 2007 - 11:42AM) View Post

On the flip side of the coin, they changed the way people see Detroit hockey for the worse.


How do you mean?
I enjoyed watching the Russian 5 play. Good times.


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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:00 PM

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Wow amazing post, and was one of the best lines in history. I always remember when I heard about the limo crash, one of the most devastating accidents. The way the red wings have gone on and made Konstantinov part of their family is an amazing story. Pure class from top to bottom of that organization.


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The Russian 5, pretty much the best there ever was.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE(sharomyga @ July 30, 2007 - 11:40AM) View Post

Wow, man! I'm so jealous. That picture is awesome clap.gif )))


Thanks! Both were actually wedding presents from Sergei Fedorov via his publicist as he was in Russia and not able to make it back in time... So all in all it pays to invite some celebs to your wedding laugh.gif

That is my most favorite memorablia that I have in my posession right now.



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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE(jaytan @ July 30, 2007 - 11:42AM) View Post

On the flip side of the coin, they changed the way people see Detroit hockey for the worse.

Only for jack-asses and bigots. Don't see why there ALWAYS has to be a flip side. Yeah all that skill, speed, passing, shooting, and tough rugged Dmen on one 5 man unit sure is s***ty.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:41 PM

I think the original posters point was that society's view of the wings changed for taking all of these russians in the heat of cold war. Not anything more.
Damn people get touchy on these boards.

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"A wise man once told me, ‘Don’t argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who'." Jay Z, Takeover

"When I was looking for a captain, I wanted a guy with the Red Wings crest tattooed on his chest," said former Detroit coach Jacques Demers, who named Yzerman captain in 1986. "Steve Yzerman was that guy."

“Told him if he wasn't ultra-competitive he couldn't come here. If he didn't bring it every day he couldn't come here, because he was going to hate it if he didn't, dislike the coach and dislike playing here.
“It's real straightforward. If you don't do it right, you're not happy here." Babcock

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:00 PM

QUOTE(Opie @ July 30, 2007 - 02:41PM) View Post

I think the original posters point was that society's view of the wings changed for taking all of these russians in the heat of cold war. Not anything more.
Damn people get touchy on these boards.

Actually I think the original poster made his point well with his first sentance. "Great blog about how The Russian Five changed the NHL for players not only from Russia, but globally as well."- WL91

Heat of the cold war? Mid 50's to early 70's? Cold war was all but over in '88 and Soviet Union completly dissolved by '91. But besides that, why would the hockey world care anyway. Obviously those guys liked what they saw over here better, no? I don't think you'll see a hammer and sickle flag flying outside Kozlov's house.
People just state there opinon as fact, not taking actual history into account, along with an understanding of what was gone through and overcome to get to the position certain players were/are in.

*never have been able to spell very well*

Edited by bringback91, 30 July 2007 - 02:12 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:10 PM

First off do not confuse my meaning of Heat of cold war with the height of cold war. When the Russians came over, the US as a society was very anti-russian, and still under the impression that they (not the players themselves) were a major threat to "our way of life."
I know what you're thinking, the US society hold a grudge against a country long after it's demise has started, never!!!!!
So my point being that this post
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On the flip side of the coin, they changed the way people see Detroit hockey for the worse.

Which you reacted to, was just to point out that American society would have looked upon the Wings differently because of the nationality of the players.

"The more I know about people - the better I like my dog." - Mark Twain

"A wise man once told me, ‘Don’t argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who'." Jay Z, Takeover

"When I was looking for a captain, I wanted a guy with the Red Wings crest tattooed on his chest," said former Detroit coach Jacques Demers, who named Yzerman captain in 1986. "Steve Yzerman was that guy."

“Told him if he wasn't ultra-competitive he couldn't come here. If he didn't bring it every day he couldn't come here, because he was going to hate it if he didn't, dislike the coach and dislike playing here.
“It's real straightforward. If you don't do it right, you're not happy here." Babcock

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE(Opie @ July 30, 2007 - 03:10PM) View Post

First off do not confuse my meaning of Heat of cold war with the height of cold war. When the Russians came over, the US as a society was very anti-russian, and still under the impression that they (not the players themselves) were a major threat to "our way of life."
I know what you're thinking, the US society hold a grudge against a country long after it's demise has started, never!!!!!
So my point being that this post

Which you reacted to, was just to point out that American society would have looked upon the Wings differently because of the nationality of the players.

Ah, I see. Apologize for mis-interpeting your post. Suppose that jaytan's post could have experssed some peoples opinions, but as I've stated I believe those to be the opinions of jack-asses and bigots. Not getting touchy, just expressing my opinion freely as those above mentioned who thought worse of the Wings for taking these guys. I mean, really it wasn't something they had a choice in, unlike this great country we (well me, I assume you as well) get to live in.





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