#11 Yevgeny Zimin

One would wonder if the series would have been different had Evgeny Zimin played all 8 games. He left after 2 games, due to
an injury Zimin scored two big goals in game number one, and was part of the powerful Soviet powerplay.
 
Zimin scored perhaps the most important Soviet goal of the entire series. It was also the first goal of the series for the Russians.
 
With Canada already leading 2-0 in game one, it was Zimin who put an end to the Canadian's early momentum, scoring at the 11:40 mark.
 
"The first goal scored by Yevgeny Zimin, inspired the Soviet players," said Igor Kuperman. "It proved to them that they could score against the best NHL professionals. After his goal they scored again and again. The smallest player on the team had scored the biggest goal.".
STATISTICS

                     Pos.   GP   G   A  P  PIM
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Yevgeny Zimin        RW     2   2   1   3    0
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Career Biography
Yevgeny Zimin was a fine player who possessed explosive speed. His performance in the 1972 Summit Series instantly compared him to Canada's "Roadrunner" - Yvan Cournoyer, or to a later superstar - Guy Lafleur. Old time Russian fans would favourably compare Zimin to Alexander Almetov. Russian fans knew he had the ability to wow onlookers like precious few hockey players can.
 
Zimin was an individualist, which in Soviet hockey was frowned upon. Correct that - in Anatoli Tarasov's hockey it was frowned upon. But under Vsevolod Bobrov's guidance a solo artist of such high skill as Zimin could thrive. Bobrov would coach Zimin though much of his club career with Spartak, and also briefly on the national team, including the 1972 Summit Series.
Career Statistics
Born: August 6, 1947 in Moscow
Height: 5'8"  Weight: 163lbs
Position: Right Wing  Shoots: L
Team Year GP G A Pts PIM
Lokomotiv Moscow 1964-65 - 9 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1965-66 - 17 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1966-67 - 31 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1967-68 - 31 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1968-69 39 23 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1969-70 31 26 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1970-71 36 16 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1971-72 26 12 - - -
Spartak Moscow 1972-73

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Spartak Moscow 1973-74 30 15 10 25 12
SKA MBO Lipetsk (Division 2) 1974-75 - 26 - - -
SKA MBO Lipetsk (Division 2) 1975-76 - 14 - - -
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1976-77 24 1 2 3 10
Soviet League Totals 315 185 - - -
 

From the Dennis Kane Collection