While Krutov and Makarov supplied the speed, power and razzle dazzle, Larionov brought a much more academic approach to the game. His brainy understanding of the game was nearly unparalleled. He was a master chess player, thinking several moves ahead and distributing his teammates with intelligent passes to make the line really work. I have the highest admiration for the players who have the equivalent of a masters degree in hockey. Larionov is right at the top.
What makes it even more amazing is, apparently, at the height of his career in the mid to late 1980s, he could barely seen.
When Larionov joined the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks in 1989, one of his first adjustments to life in North America was to get his British Columbian driver's license. Then-Canucks trainer Dusan Benicky tells the story:“I took Igor for a driving test to get his B.C. licence and after he passed the questions test, he went to the visuals,” says Benicky. “When I asked him what he was seeing, he said ‘nothing.’ They sent us to an optometrist and you should have seen Igor when he put glasses on. He smiled like a little kid with candy. He was playing all these years without seeing.”
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