his successful years in Russia, Krutov changed along with his teammate
Igor Larionov to the NHL to join the Vancouver Canucks. Of all the
Russian players who went to North America that year, Krutov had the
worst and shortest stay. Coming untrained and overweight, he had no
chance to convince the Canucks of the qualities which he had shown
e.g. at the Canada Cup in 1987.
Former Canucks Head Coach:
“His usual routine was to stop at a 7-eleven Store and order
two hot dogs, a bag of potato chips and a soft drink. After practice,
he would return for a second order”.
After that year in Vancouver with
11 goals, 23 assists for 34 points in 61 games, Vladimir returned
to Europe to play for several years in Switzerland and in Sweden.
He is now working as an assistant coach in Russia.