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Canadians very familiar with Vladislav Tretiak

Vladislav Tretiak
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According to ABC News on Friday, former Soviet hockey goaltender Vladislav Tretiak lit the cauldron to conclude the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Tretiak is very familiar to Canadians because he was the goaltender for the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series, considered by many as the greatest hockey series ever played. It was an eight game series between the best hockey players in the Soviet Union and Canada, and was won by the Canadians on a dramatic goal by Paul Henderson in the final game.

Tretiak also won the 1981 Canada Cup for the Soviet Union, where the Soviets dominated Team Canada 8-1 in the championship game at the Montreal Forum.

Tretiak also has two more significant links to Montreal. In 1976, he had a dominant performance while playing for the Red Army in a 3-3 tie against the Montreal Canadiens and in 1983 he was drafted by the Canadiens in the seventh round, 138th overall of the NHL Entry Draft.

Tretiak, who won the gold medal for the Soviet Union at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck and the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1989.

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