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I just watched the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Of Miracles and Men" about the Soviet Red Army team. It is billed as the Soviet story of their 1980 loss to the US men's Olympic hockey team, but it is much more. It discusses the origin of hockey in Russia, all the way to the exodus of Soviet players to the NHL. Fetisov is the central character, and he comes off as more than just a brilliant talent; he comes off as a hero. I recommend it to Wings fans and hockey lovers. It was fascinating.

I haven't seen the documentary Red Army yet but my understanding is that it covers the same ground.

If others have seen either documentary, I'd be interested in your comments.

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I saw the Red Army trailer before (the very overrated) Birdman yesterday - the guy looks great. Looks like he's doing quite well now. Good for him. He got a lot of hate thrown at him when he came to the NHL, from NHL players and from the folks at home. He's a pioneer and a champion.

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I saw Red Army at the theater yesterday. It's well worth the price of admission. Slava Fetisov is by far the most interviewed guy, and while he comes off at times as standoffish and prickly, he was also really entertaining to watch.

They also had a lot of fantastic old footage from the Soviet era of hockey being played and practiced in the Soviet Union. That was absolutely fascinating.

The doc maker also did a good job injecting some very funny and candid interview moments into the final product. All in all, a really good job.

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I would love to see some of the practice footage. I love seeing new drills / practice ideas.

That is my favorite part of coaching youth hockey outside working with the subgroup who try hard.

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I'm looking forward to seeing "Red Army".

The ESPN doc drew a sharp contrast between the first Soviet Red Army coach, Anatoli Tarasov, who seems like a hockey visionary, and the tyrant coach Viktor Tikhonov. The doc presented Tarasov as almost a father figure to Fetisov.

There are some insane drills that Tarasov had them do. Tossing boulders to one another, somersaults on the ice, some crazy stuff I can't even begin to describe! But the players adored Tarasov.

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Tikhonov died in November, which I do not recall them mentioning in the doc:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/sports/hockey/viktor-tikhonov-soviet-hockey-coach-dies-at-84.html

The doc also didn't mention that Tikhonov was a "star defenseman who won four consecutive championships, from 1951 to 1954, with two different teams: the Soviet air force team, known as V.V.S., and Dynamo Moscow." They made him look like he was nothing more than some almost random high level Soviet apparatchik.

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Tikhonov died in November, which I do not recall them mentioning in the doc:

Slava Fetisov is the most interesting

The question is asked and the telephone line goes quiet. Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Fetisov doesn’t believe in speaking ill of the dead. Even when that dead person once arranged to have him handcuffed to a car battery in Kiev. Even when that dead person made his rather charmed life miserable, when he drove Fetisov out of the game for a time and when he almost derailed his dream of playing in the NHL.

But mores are mores, and Fetisov isn’t about to violate them.

He is asked how he felt when he found out Viktor Tikhonov, the notorious tyrannical coach of the Soviet national team and Fetisov’s personal nemesis, died recently at 84.

“In the Russian doxology, in the religion, when a man dies, you can say good stuff or nothing,” Fetisov said. “And that’s why I’m not going to talk about it.”

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