Helmuts Balderis

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Helmuts Balderis
Balderis Helmuts 2014.jpg
Born (1952-07-31) 31 July 1952 (age 67)
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 and
 Latvia
NHL Draft 238th overall, 1989
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1973–1985
1989–1996

Helmuts Balderis-Sildedzis (born 31 July 1952) is a retired Latvian and Soviet ice hockey player.[1][2] He played right wing.

Playing career[edit]

Balderis on a 2000 stamp of Latvia

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 the 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 recreated 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 currently serves as Board Member of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.[3]

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 the World Championships (1977)
  • Leading Scorer of the Latvian League (1993)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Dinamo Riga Soviet II
1968–69 Dinamo Riga Soviet III
1969–70 Dinamo Riga Soviet II 12 12
1970–71 Dinamo Riga Soviet II 10 10
1971–72 Dinamo Riga Soviet II 14 9 23
1972–73 Dinamo Riga Soviet II 27 15 42
1973–74 Dinamo Riga Soviet 24 9 6 15 13
1974–75 Dinamo Riga Soviet 36 34 14 48 20
1975–76 Dinamo Riga Soviet 36 31 14 45 18
1976–77 Dinamo 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 Dinamo Riga Soviet 44 26 24 50 28
1981–82 Dinamo Riga Soviet 41 24 19 43 48 9 15 5 20 2
1982–83 Dinamo Riga Soviet 40 32 31 63 39
1983–84 Dinamo Riga Soviet 39 24 15 39 18
1984–85 Dinamo Riga Soviet 39 31 20 51 52
1989–90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 26 3 6 9 2
1991–92 HK Sāga Ķekava Riga Latvia 7 23 18 41 27
1991–92 RSHVM-Energo Riga CIS III 16 14 12 26 10
1991–92 Vecmeistars Riga Latvia 7 23 18 41 27
1992–93 Latvijas zelts Riga Latvia 22 76 66 142 16
1993–94 Latvijas zelts Riga Latvia 7 9 9 18 39
1994–95 Essamika Ogre Latvia 1 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Essamika Ogre Latvia 30 18 36 54
Soviet totals 462 333 247 580 399 9 15 5 20 2
Latvia totals 53 126 130 256

International[edit]

Helmuts Balderis
Medal record
Representing Soviet Union Soviet Union
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1980 Lake Placid Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Czechoslovakia Ice hockey
Gold medal – first place 1979 Soviet Union Ice hockey
Gold medal – first place 1983 West Germany Ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Poland Ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Austria Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1971 Soviet Union EJC 5 10 1 11 4
1976 Soviet Union WC 10 3 7 10 6
1976 Soviet Union CC 5 2 3 5 6
1977 Soviet Union WC 9 8 7 15 4
1978 Soviet Union WC 10 9 2 11 8
1979 Soviet Union WC 8 4 5 9 9
1980 Soviet Union OLY 7 5 4 9 5
1983 Soviet Union WC 10 4 5 9 22
Senior totals 59 35 33 68 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visi Latvijas olimpieši; Helmūts Balderis-Sildedzis" (in Latvian). Latvian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Helmut Balderis". NHL.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Apsveicam Helmutu Balderi 65 gadu dzimšanas dienā!". lhf.lv (in Latvian). 31 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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