The message reads, in part:
“One of the brightest and most talented players in hockey history, Valery Kharlamov was an idol to millions of his fans. The speed and unique style of this outstanding forward, his great force of will and team spirit were crucial to many of CSKA’s convincing victories, the triumphs of our national team at the Olympic Games and world championships, the Summit Series between the USSR and Canada, and other major tournaments.
Today Valery Kharlamov’s name, his successes and achievements, are the pride of our sporting world and entire country. I am sure that CSKA hockey club, Russia’s ice knights, will continue to honour Valery Kharlamov’s rich heritage and develop the tradition he founded. And younger players will look up to this legendary player and wonderful person.”