The nice crowd that gathered watched an exhibition game which featured former players from great teams such as Viktor Kuzkin of CSKA Red Army (left) and Spartak Moscow forward Alexander Yakushev (right). The game ended in a 5-5 tie. The former stars of the powerful Soviet Union and Russia hockey teams from the 1970's and 1980's gathered at the Aviator Sports Recreational Complex last Sunday afternoon as they were honored for their legendary on-ice performances. Dignitaries from the Russian Consulate in New York City gathered to drop the puck before the start of the game. All Photos By Peter Borriello.
|Viktor Shalimov of Spartak Moscow gets ready to shoot the puck at CSKA Red Army goaltender Sergey Mylnikov. Oksana Baiul, the 1994 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist in Ladies Figure Skating and originally from the Ukraine, performed a demonstration during the first intermission. Ukraine was originally a part of the Soviet Union until 1991, when they split and became their own nation. |