Helmuts Balderis

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Helmuts Balderis
Balderis Helmuts 2014.jpg
Born (1952-06-30) 30 June 1952 (age 62)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Dynamo Riga
CSKA Moscow
Minnesota North Stars
National team  Soviet Union 
 Latvia
NHL Draft 238th overall, 1989
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1973–1985
1989–1996
Helmuts Balderis
Medal record
Competitor for Soviet Union Soviet Union
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 1980 Lake Placid Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 1976 Poland Ice hockey
Bronze 1977 Austria Ice hockey
Gold 1978 Czechoslovakia Ice hockey
Gold 1979 Soviet Union Ice hockey
Gold 1983 West Germany Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Bronze 1976 Canada Cup Ice hockey

Helmuts Balderis-Sildedzis (born 30 June 1952 in Riga, Soviet Union) is a retired Latvian ice hockey player.[1] He played right wing.

Playing career[edit]

Balderis played in the Soviet Hockey League for Dinamo Rīga (1969–77 and 1980–85) and CSKA Moscow (1977–80). He was the leading scorer in the 1977 and 1984 seasons, winning the Player of the Year award in 1977. He was the best Latvian player of the 1970s and 1980s and the most prolific scorer from that nation, tallying 333 goals in Soviet league play.

Balderis played for the Soviet national team, on the losing side of the Miracle on Ice game in 1980 but winning World Championships in 1978, 1979 and 1983. Balderis represented the Soviet Union in five IIHF World Championships (1976–1979, 1983), 1976 Canada Cup and 1980 Winter Olympics. He was named Best Forward in the 1977 World Championships. He was not selected for the USSR's 1984 Olympic team and played in only one major international tournament after he left CSKA Moscow to go back to play for Dinamo Riga in 1980.

In 1985, Balderis retired and became a coach in Japan. He returned in 1989, when Soviet players were allowed to play in the NHL. Balderis was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars, playing 26 games and scored 3 goals with 6 assists. He became the oldest ever player drafted by an NHL team (36) and the oldest player to score his first goal (37). He retired again after one season in Minnesota, but came out of retirement for the second time when Latvia regained its independence. Balderis played several games for the newly created Latvian national team (in 1992), serving as its captain and scoring 2 goals. He later coached the team and served as its general manager. He is currently a member of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (Latvijas Hokeja Federācija; LHF).

In 1998, he was inducted into IIHF International Hockey Hall of Fame.

Awards[edit]

  • Soviet league First All-Star Team (1977)
  • Izvestia Trophy (Soviet league top scorer) (1977, 1983)
  • Soviet league player of the year (1977)
  • World Championships All-Star Team (1977)
  • Named Best Forward at World Championships (1977)
  • Leading scorer of the Latvian league (1993)

Career statistics[edit]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes;

Regular season
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Dynamo Riga Soviet II
1968–69 Dynamo Riga Soviet III
1969–70 Dynamo Riga Soviet III 12
1970–71 Dynamo Riga Soviet II 10
1971–72 Dynamo Riga Soviet II 14 9 23
1972–73 Dynamo Riga Soviet II 27 15 42
1973–74 Dynamo Riga Soviet 24 9 6 15 13
1974–75 Dynamo Riga Soviet 36 34 14 48 20
1975–76 Dynamo Riga Soviet 36 31 14 45 18
1976–77 Dynamo Riga Soviet 35 40 23 63 57
1977–78 CSKA Moscow Soviet 36 17 17 34 30
1978–79 CSKA Moscow Soviet 41 24 24 48 53
1979–80 CSKA Moscow Soviet 42 26 35 61 21
1980–81 Dynamo Riga Soviet 44 26 24 50 28
1981–82 Dynamo Riga Soviet 50 39 24 63 50
1982–83 Dynamo Riga Soviet 40 32 31 63 39
1983–84 Dynamo Riga Soviet 39 24 15 39 18
1984–85 Dynamo Riga Soviet 39 31 20 51 52
1989–90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 26 3 6 9 2
1991–92 HK Rīga Latvia 7 23 18 41 27
1992–93 Latvijas Zelts Latvia 22 76 66 142 16
1994–95 Essamika Ogre Latvia 1 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Essamika Ogre Latvia 30 18 36 54 12
Soviet totals 462 333 247 580 399
NHL totals 26 3 6 9 2

International play[edit]

  • Played for USSR in 1971 European Junior Championships
  • Played for USSR in 1976 Canada Cup
  • Played for USSR in 1976–77 Super Series
  • Played for USSR in World Championships (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983)
  • Played for USSR in 1979 Challenge Cup
  • Played for USSR in 1980 Super Series
  • Played for USSR in 1980 Winter Olympic Games
  • Played for and coached Latvia in qualifications for 1993 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. He coached the team until 1994.

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A P PIM
1971 Soviet Union EJC 5 10 1 11 4
1976 Soviet Union Canada Cup 5 2 3 5 6
1976 Soviet Union WC 10 3 7 10 6
1976–77 Soviet Union Super Series 7 4 4 8 14
1977 Soviet Union WC 9 8 7 15 4
1978 Soviet Union WC 10 9 2 11 8
1979 Soviet Union Chal. Cup 3 1 1 2 0
1979 Soviet Union WC 8 4 5 9 9
1980 CSKA Moscow Super Series 5 5 2 7 2
1980 Soviet Union Olympics 7 5 4 9 5
1983 Soviet Union WC 10 4 5 9 22
1992 Latvia WC Group C qualifying 2 2 2 4 0

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vladislav Tretiak
Soviet MVP
1977
Succeeded by
Boris Mikhailov
Preceded by
Victor Shalimov
Soviet Scoring Champion
1977
Succeeded by
Vladimir Petrov
Preceded by
Sergei Makarov
Soviet Scoring Champion
1983
Succeeded by
Sergei Makarov
Sporting positions
Preceded by
 –
Latvian national ice hockey team coach
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Mihails Beskašnovs