For years, Vladislav Tretiak was the Soviet league's First Team All-Star goalie, spending 14 consecutive seasons as the number one man. During this amazing string, Tretiak won 13 league titles, captured the MVP honors in the Soviet league five times, was awarded the Order of Lenin for his service to the USSR in 1978 and won the coveted Golden Hockey Stick as the outstanding player in all of Europe in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
In the 1981 Canada Cup, he was the tournament MVP and the First All-Star Team goalie, posting an amazing 1.33 goal-against average over six games against the world's best teams.
In addition to his success in international championship play, Tretiak inspired himself to play his very best during exhibition games against NHL teams. In a game against the Montreal Canadiens in 1975, he held the Habs to a 3-3 tie despite being widely outshot, 38-13. He was the MVP of the 1981 Canada Cup, leading USSR to their first victory. The following year turned in another standout series of games on the Soviet All-Stars tour of North America, the highlight of which was his 5-0 shutout of those same Canadiens in the Forum.
Tretiak's post-playing plans had always included coaching. He started a series of hockey schools as part of a life-long love of teaching kids about hockey. As an amazing goalie, sports ambassador and teacher to both the pros and children, Vladislav Tretiak defined all three roles during his long career.