This article originally was published in Russian on September 4, 2009.
To me, Helmut Balderis is the best hockey player of all times and nations.
No offense to the fans of Gordy Howe and Wayne Gretzky, but the pure joy of watching Balderis play in the 1970s couldn’t be described in words.
Seriously, sometimes it seems to me that, had the people in the world had an opportunity to watch Balderis playing with the Dynamo Riga club back then, they would have forgotten other hockey idols.
They would have forgotten anything else!
There was only Balderis on ice and pure magnetism of his play.
Nobody scored like Balderis.
Nobody skated like Balderis.
I’ve never seen the speed, beauty and effectiveness in one mix.
I honestly can’t stop talking about Balderis and listening to stories about him.
Please write comments, send pictures, share memories.
Balderisomaniacs of all countries, write to us!
Helmut Balderis: Statistics and Resources @ Chidlovski.Com
- Helmut Balderis in Team USSR
- Balderis-Zhluktov-Kapustin Liner in Team USSR
- Helmut Balderis: USSR MVP 1976-77
Helmut Balderis: Collectibles
Some photos sent by David Mozeshtam, Alex Nikandrov and the author of this blog are presented below:
… and Balderis-o-mania goes on!