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Starikov had by far and away his highest scoring season of his career, scoring 7 goals and 31 assists for 38 points, nearly double his best Soviet season in 1982-83 of 20 points.He would play one final season with San Diego in 1992-93, but was limited to just 9 points in only 42 games before retiring at the age of 34.He also made his Olympic debut at the age of 21, younger than many of the American "students", but had the unfortunate timing to be on the losing side of the 1980 Miracle on Ice, as the Soviets came home with an unappreciated silver medal.Many blamed Starikov for his role, as Mark Johnson's tying goal happened after the puck bounced off his skate to Johnson.His final Soviet League totals were 510 games played, 58 goals and 144 points and ten championships.Internationally, he would win 2 World Junior gold medals, 3 World Championship gold, one silver and one bronze medals and 2 gold and one infamous silver Olympic medals.
For the 1989-90 season, the 31 year old Starikov, along with Red Army teammate Slava Fetisov, became only the second and third Soviet players allowed to leave the Soviet Union to play in the NHL, as they joined the New Jersey Devils. I told him I wasn't drafted, but he said, 'Tell me now if you want to come.' "I thought about it for five minutes and I said to Irina, my wife, 'Why don't we go and try? Starikov did not fare particularly well with the transition to the culture shock of not only the smaller rinks and style of play in the NHL, but simply adapting to life in the United States. For the 1991-92 season, he found a place with the high scoring San Diego Gulls along with IHL scoring leader and fellow Russian Dmitri Kvartalnov.Born on this date in 1958 in Cheylabinsk, Soviet Union defenseman Sergei Starikov began his carer with Traktor Cheylabinsk in the Soviet second division in 1975-76.He also made his international debut in the European U18 Junior Championships.He would play a third season for his hometown Cheylabinsk, scoring 6 goals and 14 points in 44 games of the much shorter Soviet schedule of games, his first season of scoring double digit points.
In a sign of what was to come, Starikov was chosen as a member of the Soviet Union National Team for the squad that took on the NHL's best in the 1979 Challenge Cup in Madison Square Garden, a three game series won decisively by the Soviets with a 6-0 shutout in Game 3.
After coaching in the KHL for several seasons, Starikov returned to New Jersey in 2013 and recently became a coach for South Brunswick High School in November of 2015.