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The Russian five : a story of espionage, defection, bribery and courage

Author: Keith Gave
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Michigan : Gold Star Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around more quickly were conscripted servants behind the Iron Curtain. All they had to do then was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out. That's when the Wings turned to Keith Gave, the newsman whose  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Gave
ISBN: 1947165178 9781947165175
OCLC Number: 1035643452
Awards: A 2019 Michigan Notable Book selection
Description: xiv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: That night in Helsinki --
A special assignment --
Made in Detroit --
Putting some 'red' in Red Wings --
Sergei Fedorov: 'Get me out of here' --
Vladimir Konstantinov: surviving 'terminal cancer' --
Vyacheslav Kozlov: new life in Detroit --
Lost in translation --
The man with the diamond knuckles --
Kicking down the curtain --
Viacheslav Fetisov, 'a king of man' --
Igor Larionov: a tale of two anthems --
Game changers: on and off the ice --
Unexpected turbulence --
Sweet revenge --
To the summit --
Paying it forward --
The irony of fate --
A cup of history --
Sixteen for sixteen --
Twelve giant steps for Hockeytown --
When loyalty matters --
Smashing myths, bridging cultures.
Other Titles: Russian 5
Responsibility: Keith Gave.

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When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around more quickly were conscripted servants behind the Iron Curtain. All they had to do then was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out. That's when the Wings turned to Keith Gave, the newsman whose clandestine mission to Helsinki, Finland, was the first phase of a of a years-long series of secret meetings from posh hotel rooms to remote forests around Europe to orchestrate their unlawful departures from the Soviet Union. One defection created an international incident and made global headlines. Another player faked cancer, thanks to the Wings' extravagant bribes to Russian doctors, including a big American car. Another player who wasn't quite ready to leave yet felt like he was being kidnapped by an unscrupulous agent. Two others were outcast when they stood up publicly against the Soviet regime, winning their freedom to play in the NHL only after years of struggle. They are the Russian Five: Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov. Their individual stories read like pulse-pounding spy novels. The story that unfolded after they were brought together in Detroit by the masterful coach Scotty Bowman is unforgettable. This story includes details never before revealed, and by the man who was there every step of the way--from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap around Red Square and the Kremlin. The Russian Five did more to bridge Russian and American relations than decades of diplomacy and détente between the White House and the Kremlin. This is their story.

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