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Doru Tureanu

Born: January 11, 1954 in Bucharest, Romania

Doru Tureanu was arguably the best Romanian forward during a period of almost two decades when Romanian ice hockey was at its best. A star for the perennial national champion Dinamo Bucharest between 1971 and 1987, Tureanu was the key element of the Romanian national team forming its top offensive line with Marian Costea and Dumitru Axinte.

Tureanu participated in two Olympic Games (Innsbruck 1976 and Lake Placid 1980) as well as 17 IIHF World Championships (A, B, and C Pools). During this period he represented his country in 100 international games scoring an incredible 74 goals and 39 assists, for a total of 112 points. In ten games at the Olympics, he scored ten goals and a total of 17 points.

A confident and skilful forward, Tureanu was blessed with an eye for a pass and capable of scoring against anyone. Legendary Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov was one of his admirers and once said that Tureanu had the skill to play for any team in the world. His finest hour was scoring two goals in a 5-4 win over the United States in the 1977 World Championship in Vienna, Austria, in what was arguably the greatest game ever played by the Romanian national team.

Tureanu entertained several offers from professional clubs in Western Europe, but he was not able to leave under the political circumstances of that era.

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