May 26, 1989
Soviet hockey stars Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov will be allowed to play in the National Hockey League, the Soviet official news agency Tass reported Thursday. The announcement that the three were released from the Red Army--whose hockey team they represent in the Soviet league--was made Wednesday and ended months of speculation. All were members of the team that won the World Championships in Stockholm this month. Tass did not refer to the disputes in its terse announcement that the three were let go "owing to reduction of staff" in the Red Army and "are now free to sign contracts with NHL or any other foreign clubs."
November 28, 1995 |
The first shot by New York Ranger center Mark Messier was a hard elbow to Vladimir Konstantinov's head. Messier then delivered a cross-check to the back of Konstantinov's neck, driving him to the ice in pain. But if Messier wanted to challenge Konstantinov, a rugged defenseman who has been known to wield a high stick, he got more than he bargained for.
June 15, 1997 |
Vladimir Konstantinov remained unconscious and on a ventilator Saturday with a critical head injury after a limousine crash Friday night in Birmingham, Mich. Teammate Slava Fetisov and two others also were injured in the crash. "The long-term prognosis for this is impossible to tell," said Dr. James Robbins, a trauma surgeon at William Beaumont Hospital. "The next few days are going to be very important to determine which way he is going to go. "Can he recover? Absolutely . . .
March 28, 1992 |
Viacheslav Fetisov, a defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, was detained by U.S. marshals for several hours Friday as part of a $1-million dispute with his former agent. Fetisov was taken into custody by order of a federal judge, who released him later in the evening after a court hearing.
May 25, 1989 |
Three of the Soviet Union's finest ice hockey players are now free to play with the National Hockey League, the official Tass press agency reported today. The announcement that Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov were discharged Wednesday from the Red Army, whose hockey team they represented in the Soviet league, capped months of unprecedented public squabbling within the world champion hockey team. Tass said the three were discharged "owing to reduction of staff" in the Red Army and "are now free to sign contracts with NHL or any other foreign clubs."
March 21, 1989 |
Hockey superstar Vyacheslav Fetisov, who quit the Soviet army team in January, will rejoin the national team and play in the world championships in Sweden next month. Fetisov, 31, appeared at a team meeting Monday and read a statement to the Soviet Sports Committee asking for readmission to the national team, Tass press agency reported today. The ace defenseman quit in a furious row with the authoritarian coach of the Central Army Sports Club, Viktor Tikhonov.