The induction of Vladislav Tretiak into the Hockey Hall of Fame officially made the Hockey Hall of Fame an international hall of fame, not just an NHL-focused North American hockey hall of fame.
So that’s an area of controversy for some, but if the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto wants to be the Hockey Hall of Fame of the World, it’s a step that needed to be taken.
So where does Tretiak rank? How do we compare him to NHL goalies when Soviet League goalie stats are even worse than Soviet League skater stats?
What do we do with the very notable fact that Tretiak’s GAA (not save percentage) increased drastically every time he played against NHL competition in international tournaments?
Listen to us attempt to talk about Vladislav Tretiak’s Hall of Fame case here:
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Festisov is perhaps the greatest Russian defender of all time. (The GRDOAT?) But his NHL career was past his prime.
Does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Listen to us discuss his case here:
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One of the Russian Five, Larionov has had team success wherever he’s gone. But his individual success only ever occurred outside of the NHL. Does he belong?
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Sergei Makarov was a star in the USSR for a decade before playing in the NHL. In fact, he might have been the best hockey player in the world not in the NHL for much of the 1980s.
But given how much the Hockey Hall of Fame focuses on NHL experience, did he deserve to be inducted?
Listen here to find out:
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