chidlovski (chidlovski) wrote,

Helmut Balderis and Guy Lafleur


Helmut Balderis vs. Guy Lafleur

Another shot from the 1979 Challenge Cup in February 1979 in NYC, New York. The NHL All Stars weekend turned into the 1979 Challenge Cup tournament between Team USSR and the best NHL players of the world.

Helmut Balderis vs. Guy Lafleur

There is certain underlying symbolism in having these two players next to each other. Two magnificent players of the 1970s, Balderis and Lafleur were very similar in the style they played.

Both were incredible skaters, speedsters and magicians of puck handling. Both were fantastic scorers. They scored beautiful goals. Wow-caliber goals.

Both were magic players, artists of hockey on the ice. Their presence on the ice were electrifying.

Helmut Balderis vs. Guy Lafleur

“The Electric Train” and “The Flower”… Riga and Montreal. Magician and magician. For sure!

Balderisomania continues at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski

Special note:

The original photo reproduction is a courtesy of the WorldHockeyClassic.RU online collection.
Tags: balderis, canada, hockey, photography, usa, ussr, yesterday's hero

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