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July 21, 2016

Flashback: Tretiak Wanted To Play For Montreal


From the February 14th, 1992 edition of the Vancouver Sun:

Vladislav Tretiak says he always wanted to play for the Montreal Canadiens but was forced to lie because of pressure from the Soviet Ice Hockey Federation.

Tretiak, now a hockey commentator for Russian television at the Olympics, said he was severely reprimanded after he mentioned on one Soviet tour he would like to play for Montreal one day.

The Canadiens held his draft rights.

"I told them I was misquoted by western journalists," Tretiak said. "After that I always said I belong to the Soviet people and would finish my career with the Red Army team. You understand I was not telling the truth.

"I would have loved to have played in Montreal. That is my city."

Here is my full Vladislav Tretiak profile

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