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Alexei Kasatonov


Alexei Kasatonov was the least noticeable in the Soviet famous Green Unit which featured Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Makarov, Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov. But it was Kasatonov who was responsible for the defense as they all  including defensive partner Fetisov  charged forward. Kasatonov won five IIHF World Championship gold medals, two Olympic golds (Sarajevo 1984 and Calgary 1988), the 1981 Canada Cup and was named Best Defenseman of the 1983 IIHF World Championship. He won the Soviet national championship 11 times with CSKA Moscow, playing 576 games in the Soviet and Russian league, with 124 goals. He played 127 national team games, recording 96 points. Kasatonov played seven seasons in the NHL, earning 171 points in 416 games and was the general manager of the Russian Olympic team that won the silver medal in Nagano 1998.

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