March 14th, 2016

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CCCP-CCCP. Dinamo-Dinamo. No. 10 and No 19.

Alexanser Maltsev and Helmut Balderis, two mega stars of the Soviet hockey of the 1970s.

The CCCP team of the time was packed with talented hockey forwards. Both Maltsev and Balderis were sound scorers and absolute crowd energizers in the arenas they played. Great to watch, great to root for!

Balderisomania never stops at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski

Special note:

The original photo reproduction is a courtesy of

the WorldHockeyClassic.RU online collection.

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Forgotten Anniversary


Totally forgot to celebrate my Big Anniversary!

20 years ago I became a U.S. citizen.

Yaho-o-o-o-0, there were about 200 people at the ceremony in the Faneuil Hall in Boston on February 16, 1996 and all celebrated their 20th Anniversary this February. Congrats to all and myself!


The lady in the office congratulated me with passing the citizenship exams and shook my hand.

“Now, Mr. Chidlovski, congrats. It’s a big day in your life…  Would you like to change your name?”

“My name?” – I am a bit puzzled. “What name should I change to?”

“Anything you want!”

“Hm… I like Walter. Walter Chidlovski!”

“Oh, no. I meant your last name. It’s a little too long, don’t you think?.. Arthur is OK”

“Really. Can I change both first and last name?”

“Certainly. Anything you want to.”

“Write me down as Benjamin Franklin.”

She smiles. She has a sense of humor.

“It is already taken, Mr. Chidlovski. So be it. You remain Mr. Chidlovski!”


20 years passed. For whatever it is worth, I am still Arthur Chidlovski.

Besides, Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski has more vibe in it than Benjamin Franklin Blog Benjamin Franklin. Right?

In a few weeks after the ceremony in the Faneuil Hall, I received a letter from the White House in Washington, DC that stated in the end:

Hillary and I welcome you as a new citizen and extend our best wishes for much happiness in the future.

The letter was signed Bill Clinton.

I voted five times in the U.S. Presidential elections and five times in the Governors elections in Massachusetts. I am proud to make a difference. I am proud to be an American.

Happy 20th Anniversary, Mr. Chidlovski!



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Never Had A Headache


I am having a headache all day today.

The National Hockey League is screaming of a concussion injuries.

People around are experiencing migraines.

How come these little woodpeckers are so tireless and never have a headache?

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Hold It!


This is me lifting at the college competitions in Moscow.

I am 17 0r 18.

No meldonium. No world records.

Big memories though :-)

Thanks to Maria Sharapova this meldonium thing is being used lift and right in Russia now:

“What’s up, man?.”

“Not much meldonium for breakfast, man.”