What’s in a name?

27 May 2013, 22:41

PLAY_DRAFT_15.jpgTo millions of hockey fans, the surname Tretyak simply means ‘goalie’. Vladislav’s heroics between the piping for Team USSR in Summit Series and Olympics alike have cemented his reputation as perhaps the finest shot-stopper the game has ever seen.

But now his grandson, 16-year-old Maxim (left), is planning to follow in the family trade and thwart forwards at the highest level. The teenager was 12th pick in Sunday’s KHL draft … and he will be plying his trade at CSKA next season, donning the colors granddad wore with such distinction during the Army Club’s 70s glory days.

The youngster has been on the books at the club for some time in the junior ranks, and is now set to make his push for a place within the Krasnaya Armiya (Red Army) roster which plays in the Youth Hockey League. But that’s only the start of his ambitions.

“The challenge for next season is to break into the MHL, but I also want to train with the first team,” Tretyak told Sportbox. “Everyone has his own destiny, and for me I’ll try to force my way into the team.”

DREFT_VNB43.jpgLast season the goalie featured in 17 regular season MHL games, allowing an average of 2.75 goals and saving 91.8% of shots faced.

Those figures suggest that there’s more than just sentiment behind his selection at CSKA, although in an interview with R-Sport he admitted that there were those who claimed his famous forebear was an unfair advantage as he builds his career. “A lot of people think I get everywhere by using influence, and I just have to try not to listen to these people,” he said. However, having such a famous relative can also be an inspiration – and a reminder not to rest on any laurels. “Sometimes you hear: ‘Well done, you played well,’ and then granddad comes over and you understand that, how should I say this, there are no bounds to perfection,” he added.

Tretyak Jr featured in the Junior Draft All-Star game, played in Donetsk as a curtain raiser to the big event, and helped the Western Conference to a 4-3 win over its Eastern rival. Another famous surname, Ivan Nikolishin (right), son of former NHL forward Andrei, scored twice to overturn a 2-3 deficit in the final. Ivan will also be involved with CSKA in the coming season.

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