Greatest Line Ever?
About 20 years ago, Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure were teenagers on a line together on the Soviet Union’s World Junior team. First Pavel’s knee gave out and then the salary cap forced Almo to end his career unceremoniously in the minors. Last month, Sergei Fedorov announced he was returning to Russia to finish his career in the KHL.
And so what was arguably the most talented line to ever play the game is no more, at least in North America. All great hockey careers eventually come to an end, but it strikes me that the league, the hockey media and the fans could wave goodbye to these three guys with so little fanfare or celebration of their careers. It says something about us that more ink has been spilled over a Sidney Crosby birthday in Nova Scotia than on tributes to three of the greatest NHL stars of the past two decades.
I’m all for applauding Jeremy Roenick and remembering the years of entertainment he delivered to the league and the fans. I just wish we could do the same for the great Russian players who leave the stage too, instead of letting them slip quietly away.