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Sergei Priakin
Sergei Vasilievich Pryakhin (sometimes Priakin; born December 7, 1963) is a Russian former ice hockey forward who played 20 seasons in several leagues. He is a former captain of Krylya Sovetov Moscow (Soviet Wings) of the Soviet League and is best known in North America for being the first Soviet given permission to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). He joined the Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
in 1989 and played parts of three seasons in the NHL. Pryakhin returned to Europe in 1991 where he spent three seasons in Switzerland with Zürcher SC, then four in Finland with Kiekko-Espoo. He also played with the Oji Eagles in Japan for one year before returning to Kryla for a final season before retiring in 2000. Internationally, Pryakhin was a member of the Soviet national team. He appeared in two World Junior Championships and won a gold medal in 1983. He was a member of two World Championship teams, winning a silver medal in 1987 and gold in 1990
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Moscow
Moscow
Moscow
(/ˈmɒskoʊ, -kaʊ/; Russian: Москва́, tr. Moskva, IPA: [mɐˈskva] ( listen)) is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 12.2 million residents within the city limits[11] and 17.1 million within the urban area.[12] Moscow
Moscow
is recognized as a Russian federal city. Moscow
Moscow
is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centre of Russia
Russia
and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city entirely on the European continent. By broader definitions Moscow
Moscow
is among the world's largest cities, being the 14th largest metro area, the 18th largest agglomeration, the 15th largest urban area, and the 11th largest by population within city limits worldwide
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International Hockey League (1945–2001)
The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States
United States
and Canada
Canada
that operated from 1945 to 2001. The IHL served as the National Hockey League's alternate farm system to the American Hockey League
American Hockey League
(AHL). After 56 years of operation, financial instability led to the league's demise. Six of the surviving seven teams merged into the AHL in 2001.Contents1 History1.1 Early years 1.2 Major market expansion 1.3 Decline and collapse2 Trophies and awards 3 Franchise timelines 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] Early years[edit] The IHL was formed in December 1945 and initially consisted of four cross-border teams in Detroit
Detroit
and Windsor, Ontario
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1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
The 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1982 WJHC) was the sixth edition World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held from December 22, 1981, until January 2, 1982. The tournament was hosted by the United States
United States
in various cities across the state of Minnesota
Minnesota
with some games also played in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba
Manitoba
and Ontario
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Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)
The Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets
were a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They began play in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972. The club joined the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL) in 1979 after the NHL merged with the WHA. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved to Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
and became the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
(now the Arizona
Arizona
Coyotes)
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Victor Nechayev
Victor Nechayev (born January 28, 1955) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played for the Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
in the National Hockey League.[1] He was the first Soviet-trained player to play in the NHL, as well as the first to score a goal. References[edit]^ "The Shifts that Changed the Game: The Defection". Arctic Ice Hockey. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2016-10-20. External links[edit] Victor Nechayev career statistics at The Internet Hockey DatabaseThis biographical article relating to a Russian ice hockey player is a stub
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1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs
The 1989 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 5, after the conclusion of the 1988–89 NHL season. This was the final year that all of the Division Semifinals began with teams playing the first four games in a span of five days. The playoffs concluded on May 25 with the champion Calgary Flames defeating the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
4–2 to win the Stanley Cup Final series four games to two. The 1989 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
playoffs featured two Canadian hockey teams, the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
and the Calgary Flames. Montreal finished the regular season with 115 points, only two behind the league leader Calgary. They had last faced each other in 1986, with Montreal winning in five games
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Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
(French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation
International Ice Hockey Federation
(IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport".[1] Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, then–Governor General of Canada, who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, which the entire Stanley family supported, with the sons and daughters playing and promoting the game.[2] The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC, and subsequent winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play
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New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey
New Jersey
Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). The club was founded as the Kansas City Scouts
Kansas City Scouts
in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. The Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, they moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and took their current name. For their first 25 seasons in New Jersey, the Devils were based at the Meadowlands Sports Complex
Meadowlands Sports Complex
in East Rutherford and played their home games at Brendan Byrne Arena
Brendan Byrne Arena
(later renamed to Continental Airlines Arena)
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1989–90 NHL Season
The 1989–90 NHL season was the 73rd season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Edmonton Oilers, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Boston Bruins
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1990–91 NHL Season
The 1990–91 NHL season
1990–91 NHL season
was the 74th season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the best of seven series 4–2 against the Minnesota North Stars. This was the last NHL season to end in the month of May.Contents1 League business 2 Regular season2.1 Final standings3 Playoffs3.1 Playoff bracket 3.2 Stanley Cup Finals4 Awards4.1 All-Star teams5 Player statistics5.1 Scoring leaders 5.2 Leading goaltenders6 Coaches6.1 Patrick Division 6.2 Adams Division 6.3 Norris Division 6.4 Smythe Division7 Milestones7.1 Debuts 7.2 Last games8 Trading deadline 9 Hat-tricks 10 See also 11 References 12 External linksLeague business[edit] At meetings in Florida in December, the NHL Board of Governors awarded provisional franchises to groups from Ottawa and Tampa
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Salt Lake Golden Eagles
The Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
were a minor professional hockey team based in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
from 1969 to 1994. They played in the Western Hockey League from 1969 to 1974, the Central Hockey League from 1974 to 1984 and the International Hockey League from 1984 to 1994. The Golden Eagles home arena was the Salt Palace from 1969 to 1991, Vivint Smart Home Arena
Vivint Smart Home Arena
(Which then was called "Delta Center") from 1991 to 1994. In 1994 Larry H. Miller, who also owned the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
and the Delta Center, sold the team to Detroit
Detroit
interests
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National League A
The National League (NL) is a professional ice hockey league in Switzerland. It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system and of the two-tier National League. Prior to the 2017–18 season, the league was officially called National League A. The NL has the most attended hockey club in Europe, SC Bern, and is also the most attended league within the same continent, averaging 6,882 spectators for the 2016–17 season.[1]Contents1 Season structure 2 Current teams 3 Past champions 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksSeason structure[edit] During the regular season, each of the 12 teams play 50 games. The top eight teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs to determine the Swiss champion in best-of-seven series. The bottom four teams in the standings play a relegation tournament, called playouts, in which each team retains their regular season points and play an additional six matches
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Ice Hockey World Championship
The Ice Hockey World
World
Championships are an annual international men's ice hockey tournament organized by the International
International
Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). First officially held at the 1920 Summer Olympics, it is the sport's highest profile annual international tournament. The IIHF was created in 1908 while the European Championships, the precursor to the World
World
Championships, were first held in 1910. The tournament held at the 1920 Summer Olympics
1920 Summer Olympics
is recognized as the first Ice Hockey World
World
Championship. Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic hockey tournament was also considered the World
World
Championship for that year. The first World
World
Championship that was held as an individual event was in 1930 in which twelve nations participated
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SM-liiga
The SM-liiga
SM-liiga
(marketed as just Liiga from 2013 on), colloquially called the Finnish Elite League in English, is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. It is one of the six founding leagues of the Champions Hockey League
Champions Hockey League
and currently allocated five spots - the maximum number - based on success in previous editions. It was created in 1975 to replace the SM-sarja, which was fundamentally an amateur league. The SM-liiga
SM-liiga
is not directly overseen by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, but the league and association have an agreement of cooperation. SM is a common abbreviation for Suomen mestaruus, "Finnish championship". The SM-liiga
SM-liiga
formerly had a system of automatic promotion and relegation in place between itself and the Mestis, the second highest level of competition in Finland, but the automatic system was ended in 2000
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Regular Season
In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session: for example, in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
the season lasts approximately from April to October.[1] In other team sports, like association football or basketball, it is generally from August or September to May although in some countries - such as Northern Europe
Europe
or East Asia - the season starts in the spring and finishes in autumn, mainly due to weather conditions encountered during the winter. A year can often be broken up into several distinct sections (sometimes themselves called seasons)
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