January 5th, 2017

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Milt Schmidt (1918 - 2017)


Milt Schmidt, the hockey hall of famer who led Boston to two Stanley Cup championships as the center of the ‘‘Kraut Line,’’ served Canada in World War II and returned to the NHL to win its MVP award and two more titles as the Bruins general manager, died on Wednesday, the team said.


Legendary Milt Schmidt of the Boston Bruins passed away at 98.

He was a player, captain, coach and general manager with the Boston Bruins.

Schmidt won four Stanley Cups with the Bruins – two as a player in 1939 and 1941 and two as a GM in 1970 and 1972.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.

His hockey jersey No. 15 was retired by the Bruins  in 1980.

R.I.P. great hockey legend Milt Schmidt.

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Oldtime Improv Match

It ain’t a martial arts or boxing match.

It’s a comedy improv match from an old TV broadcast I was on.

In fact, it was one of the first broadcast programs that appeared on.

I did stand up in my high school and college years. At the time of the show, I just graduated from college, retired from competing in Olympic weightlifting and began to work for an engineering firm in Moscow.

Comedy stand up was my after hours activity.  At one of these performances, I got spotted by a producer who thought about launching a new comedy show.

In those days, live TV in Russia included just the news shows.

So, we did this show in late May and I went on vacation to the sea resort down south of Russia. I came back to Moscow in a month and noticed that people looked at me in a strange way. In the airport, some of them even asked me for an autograph…

At first, I thought it was a prank.

Later I realized that while I was away the show was broadcast in prime time and it went viral.

I returned home famous.

You never know.