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Хелмут Балдерис
Статистика Балдериса. День за днём.

Дата рождения - 31 июля 1952
Место рождения - Рига, Латвия
Позиция - правый нападающий
Рост - 180 см
Вес - 86 кг
Драфт - выбран 238-м в 1989 году командой "Миннесота Норс Старс"

В 1969-1977, 1980-1985 играл в "Динамо" Рига, в 1977-1980 в ЦСКА. В чемпионатах СССР 462 игры - 333 гола. В составе сборной СССР стал трёхкратным чемпионом Мира и Европы, завоевал серебрянные медали Олимпийских Игр 1980 года. Лучший хоккеист СССР 1977 года. 

Лучший нападающий чемпионата мира 1977 года. Трижды становился самым результативным игроком чемпионатов СССР (1977, 1978, 1983 гг). Безспорно лучший игрок латвийского хоккея за всю его историю. Закончил играть в 1985 году, но затем, после того как был выбран на драфте Миннесотой, попробовал свои силы в НХЛ.

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1989-90 Миннесота Норс Старз 26 3 6 9 2 0 2 0 0 30 10.0 - - - - - - - -
ВСЕГО 26 3 6 9 2 0 2 0 0 30 10.0 - - - - - - - -

Youtube video: 1978 год. Чемпионат мира. Гол Балдериса в матче СССР - Чехословакия.
Youtube video: 1980 год. Турне ЦСКА по Северной Америке. Гол Балдериса в матче против "Монреаля".

Пресса: 12 сентября 1989 года. 
Soviet Balderis dazzling in camp // Minneapolis Star Tribune

Author: Tony Moton; Staff Writer

Being away from highly competitive hockey the past four years hasn't robbed Helmut Balderis of his puck-handling skills.

In three days of training camp scrimmages with the North Stars, Balderis, 37, has put on a clinic. Twice, the right wing has scored dazzling goals on penalty shots, and his passing has been exceptional.

On a penalty shot Monday, Balderis beat free-agent goalie Ric Poirier with a move in which he made two rapid swipes at the puck before shooting. "Some guys do that and they lose the puck," general manager Jack Ferreira said. "He did it under control."

Said Poirier: "I knew he was faking. He faked in the slot and I came. He shuffled to the left, to right, to left and beat me to the stick side. He's very good with the puck, no doubt about it."

Balderis, the former Soviet national star, scored on one of two penalty shots Saturday. He beat goalie Jarmo Myllys with a backhand on the first attempt but missed the net high on the second.

Balderis has been so impressive as a skater that coach Pierre Page said he might use him as a model in skating drills. "He can really make cuts," he said. "I like that because cutting is very important, and not many people really work on that." # Goalie Kari Takko, who suffered a hairline fracture in a scrimmage at Burnsville two weeks ago, is expected to have a cast removed from his foot Wednesday and could be at practice Monday after the Stars break camp.

If he gets an OK from his doctor, Takko said, he will skate Thursday and Friday. But he said he will not be able to play until late in the exhibition season.

"The foot feels fine," Takko said from the Twin Cities. "I've been able to ride the (stationary) bike and it feels fine. It's been a long two weeks. I'm starting to feel a little crazy." # The North Stars played in a haze at Saturday's morning practice at Wings Stadium. High humidity outside apparently was the culprit.

"You could play in it, but it was hard to see," rookie left wing Clark Donatelli said. "If you dump the puck in, you lose it. I think the goalies had the most problems. On the bench, the fog was eye level and that was tough."

The fog forced the afternoon scrimmage to be played at The Annex,

which adjoins the stadium. # The first four days of camp feature the Stanley Can, a round-robin tournament with the 68 players divided into four teams. Power plays have been replaced by penalty shots.

"I think the round-robin will be exciting," Page said.

Page was so excited to get camp started Saturday that he skipped breakfast and was at the arena at 7:30 a.m., 1 1/2 hours before the first practice. "I've never skipped breakfast before," he said. # Veteran left wing Larry DePalma suffered a hand injury during a fight with right wing Jeff Odgers on the first day of scrimmaging. DePalma was given precautionary X-rays and the results were negative.

"I hit him on the face and the helmet," DePalma said. "I might have killed him if it was all in the face. But I like Odgers. He's got guts. I really like that."

Third-year defenseman Mark Tinordi and rookie right wing Scott Robinson fought Sunday, with Robinson getting a bloodied nose. 

9 сентября 1989 года. 
Balderis confident he'll remain a Star / Minneapolis Star Tribune

Author: Tony Moton; Staff Writer

The preschool drill of "One of these things don't belong" came to mind Thursday as the North Stars gathered to board their flight to training camp.

Dressed in a dark, pinstripe business suit was Helmut Balderis. Around him, his teammates were attired in jeans, shorts, T-shirts and sweats.

To a passerby, the balding, bespectacled and stately looking Balderis easily could have been mistaken for a team physician or coach. "When he came in with the suit, he looked like one of the medical staff," center Bob Brooke said. "A lot of guys were saying, `Who's that new guy?' "

Today, the North Stars will begin finding out whether Balderis, 37, does belong when practices begin at Wings Stadium. Balderis, a legendary Soviet national-team player from Riga, Latvia, is coming out of semiretirement to pursue his goal of playing in the NHL.

A 12th-round gamble in June's draft, Balderis was given approval by the Soviet sports federation to try out for the Stars, who believe that time hasn't robbed him of his skills. In 12 Soviet seasons, he had 407 goals and 314 assists in 609 games.

Last month, general manager Jack Ferreira said he felt good after visiting Latvia to watch Balderis work out while coaching the Dynamo Riga team. "I was impressed enough to come away with the feeling that he's a lot better than a 12th-round pick," Ferreira said. "Let's just say that because he was 37 years old, I wasn't discouraged."

When Balderis was at the top of his game, he was considered a deft passer, scorer and skater. He helped lead the Soviets to three world titles and played for a silver-medal Olympic team. The story goes that Balderis was the only Soviet player to congratulate coach Herb Brooks after the U.S. team's historic victory in the 1980 Olympics.

Balderis' connection with the Stars is team doctor George Nagobads, a Latvia native who has been a long-time Gophers and U.S. national-team doctor. Balderis had contemplated playing in the NHL since 1985 after ending his Soviet career, but Nagobads said Balderis wasn't going to be allowed to play in any other country except Japan. The Soviets apparently figured Balderis could haunt them in international play. Teams from Germany, Finland and Switzerland wanted Balderis, and the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs showed a strong interest.

For the next four years, however, Balderis served as a player/coach in Japan, playing in about 10 to 12 exhibition games each season. Stars scout Chuck Grillo saw Balderis skate in Japan two years ago and, with encouragement from Nagobads, the Stars began thinking seriously about the aging center last spring.

"When I saw him, I didn't think he had lost any of his skills," Grillo said. "He might be the best 12th-round pick ever."

Balderis is hoping that's the case. "I had offers all the time to come and play here, but I couldn't get out," he said through Nagobads, who has been his interpreter. "It has always been my dream to play."

Balderis and his wife, Anita, arrived in the Twin Cities this week and will stay at Nagobads' home should Balderis make the team. If he succeeds, the Stars already have agreed on a contract with him, and he would like to bring his two teenage daughters to the United States.

"I know I can still skate, stick-handle and shoot," Balderis said. "There is a possibility that something isn't as crisp as it used to be."

But in the next breath, Balderis mentions Guy LaFleur, who made a comeback last season at 37 with the New York Rangers. "What do you think of LaFleur?" he said.

A better question might be: What do the players think of Balderis? After playing in informal scrimmages with Stars veterans at Burnsville, Balderis received favorable marks. "He's fast," defenseman Larry Murphy said. "He's got some great moves. He's like Neal Broten in setting up passes. We weren't checking out there, but he passes very well."

Said Brooke: "It's really hard to tell when you're just having fun for a couple days. But he showed he had a great pair of hands and he can skate. He's nifty with the puck."

Players had a closer look at Balderis during Friday's physicals. The 5-10, 181-pounder probably has the best-developed leg muscles in camp. Nagobads credits Balderis' background as a figure skater with helping him develop a quick, fluid skating style.

"He's powerful," Murphy said. "I was shoving around in the corners with him and he's strong. He's got experience, and that's what he's got the most."

Balderis is expected to help the Stars' power play from the point, but he said he thinks he can do more.

When asked whether he could play as well as nine-time league MVP Wayne Gretzky, Balderis said, "Not exactly. He is younger. But if the other defenseman are going to be as gentle against me as they have been against him, then I will be pretty close to Gretzky's caliber."

At that point, Balderis certainly will have proven he belongs. 

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