Hockey legend and former Sharks center Igor Larionov will return to his old stomping grounds after an 11-year absence to promote his new video, featuring the last great game of his career.
Larionov, who played for Team Teal for three seasons before being traded to Detroit, recently released “Farewell from Moscow – The Igor Larionov Farewell Game,” a DVD documentary of his last game as a hockey player, as well as candid interviews and favorite moments.
On March 18, from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m., Larionov will be promoting his DVD as well as signing autographs for fans at the Sharks Store, located on the main level of HP Pavilion at San Jose.
“This was a unique event,” Larionov said of his motivation for the farewell game and DVD. “I had the chance to go play in Russia after 16 years and have all my friends gather to celebrate my retirement game.”
In his first year with the Sharks, Larionov contributed to the memorable 1993-94 season by notching 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 60 games. He also recorded 18 postseason points (five goals, 13 assists) in helping the Sharks reach the Western Conference Semifinals.
“The team turned out to be one of the top stories in the NHL,” Larionov recalled of his first season with the Sharks. “All of the sudden, the city became ‘Hockeytown’ in California.”
“Larionov was a smart player who made everyone around him a better hockey player,” Sharks Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Rusanowsky said. “Igor was certainly one of the all-time guys as far as contributors. He just had a mysterious way about him.”
Larionov was traded to the Detroit Red Wings at the beginning of the 1995-96 season and helped the team win three Stanley Cups over six years. Larionov retired with the New Jersey Devils after 2003-04, finishing his NHL career with 644 points (169 goals, 475 assists) in 921 games.
Not content to just settle down following his playing career, the hockey great started his own wine company named “IL Triple Overtime”, which refers to his game-winning goal in triple overtime of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He has his own signature brands with names such as “Hattrick” and “Slapshot.”
Now with the release of the DVD, Larionov is looking forward to sharing his last game with fans. The video, produced by Chrome Bumper Films, features a game in which Larionov invited friends and former NHL colleagues to participate in a three-day event in Russia. He also included photos of himself as a child, behind-the-scenes footage, career highlights and interviews.
The NHL has anxiously awaited “Farewell from Moscow,” which was released in January. Now Sharks fans will get a truly fabulous opportunity to meet the former Sharks star whom Rusanowsky called “the Gretzky of his time.”