Drozdetsky Deadly In Balkans

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Left : ALEXANDER DROZDETSKY, the 2000 NHL third round draft pick (# 94 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers, currently skates for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the Kontinetal Hockey League.

Right : NIKOLAI DROZDETSKY, the late father of Alexander.

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The last player in history to hit double-digits in goal-scoring at the Winter Olympic Games would be none other than NIKOLAI DROZDETSKY, who shot 10 goals in seven games for the Soviet Union in 1984.

One of the biggest surprises of the Sarajevo Games, it’s not that Drozdetsky came out of nowhere to wreak havoc in the Balkans, it only seems that way.

Drozdetsky, who began his Soviet domestic career with SKA Leningrad, actually made his major international debut for the USSR at the 1981 IIHF World Championships in Sweden. Five goals and 11 points in eight games placed the then 23-year-old CSKA Moscow right wing among that tournament’s top scorers. Just three goals and five points from 16 games at the 1981 Canada Cup and the 1982 IIHF World Championships in Finland contributed to Drozdetsky being dropped by the Soviet Union national team for their NHL tour the winter of 1982-83 as well as the annual IIHF affair that spring.

Restored to the roster, Drozdetsky went on a goal-scoring rampage for the Soviets in Sarajevo. A hat trick as the USSR pounded Poland on opening day served notice of intent. Consecutive two-goal games versus West Germany, Sweden and, in the medal round, Canada, followed.

With his exploits in the Balkans, Drozdetsky joined the legendary ANATOLI FIRSOV as one of just two players in the proud history of the USSR to post ten or more goals for an Olympic final round ice hockey championship.

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