After reading in a number of media the news about how Kirill Kaprizov himself explained why he once took number 97 in CSKA, and not, for example, 17th, at first I refused to believe my eyes. Specially climbed into the source – a popular sports portal The Athletic, specializing in coverage of the leading professional leagues in the US, Canada and the UK. On Monday, November 21, there was a huge article by Michael Russo and Joe Smith “Why Wild players wear these numbers on their jerseys: from Calen Addison’s deuce to Kirill Kaprizov’s 97.”

Indeed, the Siberian closes the list. To avoid misunderstandings and distortions, here is what is written in the original in English:

97: Kirill Kaprizov In his words: “I love 7. When I go to CSKA, 7 was (Ivan) Telegin. Somebody had 17. I was born in 97. So I take 97. I love 7“.

Elementary, understandable words. It is simply impossible to confuse something here:

– According to him: “I love the seven. When I came to CSKA, Ivan Telegin had a seven. Someone had the 17th number. I was born in 97. That’s why I took the number 97. I love the number 7.”

One can only hope that Rousseau and Smith simply misunderstood Cyril due to his still poor command of the English language. I can’t imagine that a hockey player who played three seasons in CSKA could say:

– Someone had the 17th number …

I studied the comments on various sites: the fans are also, to put it mildly, perplexed. After all, everyone has known for a long time that the 17th number was even withdrawn from circulation in the USSR / Russia national team.

But maybe it’s different in CSKA? Not! Looked at the website of the army club. Everything is in order: in the “Legends of the Club” section, the numbers withdrawn from circulation are indicated:

24 – forward Sergey Makarov. Played for CSKA from 1978 to 1989;

20 – goalkeeper Vladislav Tretyak. Played for CSKA from 1969 to 1984;

2 – defender Vyacheslav Fetisov. Played for CSKA from 1974 to 1989;

17 – forward Valery Kharlamov. Played for CSKA from 1967 to 1981.

It is strange that this list does not include the most outstanding athlete in the history of our country, Vsevolod Bobrov, the only one in the world who captained the football team (1952) and hockey (1956) at the Olympic Games. But more on that below.

In any case, whatever the reason for this embarrassing statement by the Russian leader of Minnesota, one thing is clear: unlike the NHL, we are collectively very underperforming with the propaganda of the heroes of the past. Those who created and developed the best, most advanced hockey on the planet.

Last Saturday, I looked into Petrovsky Park for a KHL match between Dynamo and Kunlun. Magnificent palace. Fantasy for real. The NHL will envy. But there is no accent. It is clear that since 1946 dozens of elite masters, world and Olympic champions have played for the blue and white. Apparently, all these champions of the sweaters were hung out in a long row, and two were singled out separately in a large format – Arkady Chernyshev and Vladimir Yurzinov. It’s just not clear – are there any retired numbers and how many of them?

I did not find such information on the club website either. Probably bad looking. Even, scary to say, the omniscient Wikipedia is silent.

A similar picture is in the army arena in the Park of Legends. Do not count how many personalized banners of famous CSKA players and coaches of the past are under the arches of the stadium. But that very four of the most deserving ones is somehow not personally designated. Again, I do not exclude, maybe I looked badly.

But – attention! – everything can be fixed already on November 30, when the current champions will host the winners of the Gagarin Cup-2021 from Omsk. The next day, December 1, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vsevolod Mikhailovich Bobrov. The best tribute and memory of the idol of millions of the multinational Soviet Union will be the perpetuation of his ninth issue with the raising of the appropriate banner. Fifth in the cohort of the most-most CSKA hockey players.

No. 2 – Fetisov.

No. 17 – Kharlamov.

No. 20 – Tretiak.

No. 24 – Makarov.

No. 9 – Bobrov.

Then no one will say for sure: “Someone had the 17th number, and someone else had the 9th” …

Source: Sovsport

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