Friday, July 10, 2009
July by the Numbers treks on to jersey #10 with a trip back in time to the Soviet Union.
Dynamo Moscow Hockey Club was founded in 1946, it's name "Dynamo" meaning "power from motion" in Greek.
Sponsored by the feared Soviet secret police, the KGB in it's early days, it's the second most successful club team in Russian hockey history, having won the championship at the top level nine times, most recently in 2005, the Spengler Cup twice in 1975 & 1976 and the European Champions Cup in 2006.
The club is part of the Dynamo Moscow Sports Club, which in turn is a part of the Dynamo Sports Society, which also fields teams named Dynamo Moscow in soccer, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, team handball and bandy.
Recognizable names to have played for Dynamo include, Maxim Afinogenov, Darius Kasparitis, Igor Korolev, Viktor Kozlov, Andrei Nikolishin, Alexi Ponikarovsky, Mikhail Shtalenkov, Alexi Yashin, Alexi Zhamnov and Alexi Kovalev and Alexander Ovechkin.
They currently play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and finished second in the Chernysehev Division in 2008-09, making it as far as the semi-finals before losing out 4 games to 2 to eventual champions Ak Bars Kazan.
The jersey I am featuring today is a 1989-90 Dynamo Moscow Igor Dorofeyev jersey.
It's a lighter weight mesh jersey with vitually all the design elements being silk screened onto the jersey, which is typical of Soviet jerseys from this era. This jersey also features the Dorofeyev, spelled "Dorofeev" on the back in Cyrillic.
It also has the iconic "D" logo on the chest and shoulders, as well as "Moscow" across the waist stripes, which pre-dates the first use of a city name in the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings by a good ten years.
It's one of the last styles of Dynamo jersey before the advent of commercial sponsorship on the club's jerseys.
Dorofeyev, a right wing, would have a 14 year career which included time in not only Russia, but Switzerland, Italy and Japan.
He was also a part of five of Dynamo Moscow's championships in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995, breaking the 13 year long winning streak of the Red Army Hockey Club.