#24 Alexander Bodunov

Alexander  Bodunov was one of the members of the Soviet's "Kid Line," also known as the "Headache Line." Bodunov was the left winger who was introduced along with fellow linemates Viacheslav Anisin and Yuri Lebedev in game three of the series..
 
This trio re-energized the Soviets when the debuted in Winnipeg. The Soviets handily won game one, and even though they claim they felt like they played better in game 2, lost convincingly to a recharged Team Canada.
 
Game three was in many ways a very pivotal match. It ended in a tie but was a moral loss for Canada.
 
The key for the Soviets early success was the element of surprise they could utilize, as Canada knew almost nothing about their opponent. After two games Canada had learned much about them. 
 
Then the kid line entered the scene.   
 
Canada didn't pay much attention to these three unknowns prior to the game. Why would they? These three youngsters surely couldn't be better than any three players they replaced - if they were they would have been playing since game one. And the Soviets had publicly said that these three were being inserted so that they could "learn" and make themselves better players for the future.
 
But the Kid Line, as dubbed by the Canadian media, played a pivotal role in the game. Canada held a 4-2 lead half way through the second period when these kids took over. First at 14:59, Lebedev brought the Soviets back to within one goal. Then, with about 1 and 1/2 minutes left in the second stanza, Alexander Bodunov snapped home a shot from the crease to beat Tony Esposito and knot the game at 4.
 
Bodunov's goal proved to be the final goal of the game, as goalies Esposito and, in particular, Vladislav Tretiak shut the door.
STATISTICS

                  Pos.   GP   G   A   P  PIM
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Alexander Bodunov  LW    3   1   0   1   0
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Career Biography
After making quite a name for themselves in game 3 in Winnipeg, the Kid Line was not often heard from again, at least not as far as Canadians knew. The big names like Kharlamov, Petrov, Mikhailov and Tretiak would continue to be great players, but the three heroes of game 3 did not join them as Soviet stars. 
 
The trio did leave CSKA Moscow to join Boris Kulagin to join Krylja Sovetov. The trio led the Moscow based team to an upset victory over CSKA in 1974 to claim the USSR league championship.
 
But they were not always used on the national team, or would be used separately, as the 1970s progressed.
 
Bodunov was an inconsistent player. On one night he could be the best player on the ice, but the next he would be nowhere to be found. He had a great arsenal of hockey talent, featuring his heavy shot and creative playmaking, but his defensive play left much to be desired.
Career Statistics
Born: June 3, 1951 in Moscow
Height: 5'10" Weight: 165lbs
Position: LW  Shoots: L
Team Year GP G A Pts PIM
CSKA Moscow 1969-70 15 8 - -
CSKA Moscow 1970-71 12 5 - - -
SKA MVO Lipetsk (Division 3) 1970-71 STATISTICS UNAVAILABLE
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1971-72 32 18 - - -
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1972-73 32 19 - - -
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1973-74 32 20 16 36 20
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1974-75 36 29 8 37 14
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1975-76 36 22 11 33 22
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1976-77 36 28 16 44 40
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1977-78 33 18 10 28 20
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1978-79 44 24 14 38 31
Spartak Moscow 1979-80 37 5 7 12 14
Spartak Moscow 1980-81 10 3 3 6 4
Krylja Sovetov Moscow 1981-82 23 7 6 13 8
Soviet League Totals: 378 206 - - -