This relates to the first Cold War and my pre-social consciousness days of which this icon was a participant when as an elementary Russian language student there were so many texts about ‘Spartak’..and then there were those ‘east-west’ hockey matches …This story is emblematic of hockey/Spartak and the first Cold War when east-west political ideologies competed vicariously …
Russian ice hockey hero Aleksandr Martynyuk has died at the age of 77, his former team Spartak Moscow has announced.
The news of Martynyuk’s death was shared on the Spartak website, which paid tribute to the forward.
Martynyuk won the World Championships with the Soviet Union in 1971 and 1973, and featured in the iconic 1972 ‘Super Series’ against fellow hockey powerhouses Canada.
“Sad news came this morning. After a long illness, at the age of 77, Aleksandr Martynyuk has died,” a statement read.
The message reeled off the achievements of the “legendary” Martynyuk, who was also a three-time Soviet champion in Spartak colors.
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